Lectionary Readings for Thursday, December 15th, 2022
Book of Jehovih’s Kingdom on Earth Chapter 23
1. IN course of time, the first heirs of Shalam came to maturity and to marriageable ages. And since they had been guarded as to diet, and as to controlling their passions, they were unlike Uzians in their general characteristics.
2. Because they had never known to say: This is mine, and that is thine, they were without selfishness or selfish desires; looking upon all things as Jehovih’s, and on themselves as laborers to render good unto others.
3. They said: We were created in order to help rescue the world from darkness, and to rejoice in our own lives, because of such good as we can do unto others.
4. Behold, we were orphans and castaways; Jehovih wedded us to all the world.
5. Having, therefore, wisdom and purity within themselves, and, withal, having sufficient association to choose from, they did choose and wed for love’s sake.
6. Nor did any worldly ambition control their choice, or influence them in hope of any gain as to their wedded partners.
7. And it came to pass that the offspring begotten of these were indeed a new race in the world, as to wisdom, love, purity and spirituality, and new also as to beauty and shapeliness, the like of which had never been before in all the world.
8. And they were by birth so developed in su’is, that, when they were grown a little, education came to them without books. To see and to hear, either corporeally or spiritually, was all they required in order to accomplish wisely all things required unto mortals.
9. And, with them, the heavens were as an open book; the libraries of the heavens as the sound of voices full of wisdom.
10. And the angels of ancient and modern times came, and stood by them, and walked with them, revealing the past and the future.
11. And, now, the fame of Shalam and her people were spread abroad, and, lo and behold, colonies were springing up in the east, west, north and south.
12. Hundreds of forest places and unoccupied lands were purchased and put under cultivation.
13. The wisest and best people began to depart out of the cities of Uz. Many of the Uzians, lawyers, preachers and priests and physicians, gave up their callings. And they went forth, saying: Alas, what good have I produced in the world? O Jehovih, teach Thou me the way to work in one of Thy kingdoms.
14. And some of the rich gathered up their means, calling: Come, O all ye poor and helpless! Behold, I have purchased land; come hither, and build a colony unto Jehovih.
15. And judges and governors gave up their callings also, and went and joined the Faithists, founding and practicing Jehovih’s kingdom on earth.
16. And kings and queens and emperors deserted their thrones, and went and dwelt with the poor.
17. So, colonies of Faithists in Jehovih spread in every direction, becoming the chief foundation of the state and of the world.
18. And, yet, none of these colonies were bound by written laws, nor had any of them leaders or masters, nor any government, save the Light of Jehovih.
19. Nor was one colony bound by the customs and commands of another colony; but all of them lived by the highest Light that came to them.
20. Nor owned any man, woman or child anything more than the clothes he or she wore; but all things were Jehovih’s, in care of the keeping of the colony.
21. Nor was there buying or selling between the colonies; but they exchanged with one another according to production, and without any regard to value.
22. And whosoever came and joined a colony, bringing gold or silver or valuable goods of any kind, donated them to Jehovih, and not to the colony, to be distributed according to the light thereof for the Father’s kingdoms.
23. Neither labored any one for the colony, but for Jehovih; nor did any colony hire any man nor woman nor child to work for them.
24. Such, then, was Shalam and her example before the world, of the Father’s kingdom on earth.
END OF THE HISTORY OF SHALAM.