When reading a Bible story, nothing opens the windows of inspiration faster and more surely than by determining the SCA Concept Coding Number Count. In two previous Bible Lessons, there have been two Bible stories in which the upper chamber has spiritual importance: Elisha and the Shunamite woman, and Peter raising Tabitha. Comparing those with a third story about Paul healing Eutychus reveals much regarding the hidden spiritual meanings that often go undetected. How to discover them? Follow the Number Count!
I’m always moved when there is a Number Count of 6, no matter what the form. One arrives at it either by the full Count of 6 (Concept of 6), or by the Number Count of 2 (Concept of 2) which can denote the Christ, in this case, the need for the Christ, Truth.
The Christ is the healing power that has been present forever as evidenced throughout the Bible. This Christ-power destroys all evil, error in every form. As God’s message of Truth and Love to us (represented by the Concept of 2), the Christ is the coincidence of the human and the divine, and our connection to Principle, Spirit. The Concept of 6 also represents the Christ activity, and when found in our Bible Lesson, draws our attention to it. Without knowing about this Concept, the Christ presence in a passage often would be unseen.
Such is the case in the following verse about Tabitha. Can you see the presence of the Christ anywhere in it? This verse is included just as it was written when Concept Coded in the SCA, the verbs being bolded first. Then in blue font, the Number Concept of 6 is labeled, with a summary explaining how it relates to the verse. And it always relates!
And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. (Acts 9:37)
Concept of 6 (4 + 2) A need for the healing Love (4) and c & e (2) —overall the need for a higher sense of LTLv.
In the story of Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42), a wealthy (certain) disciple, the upper chamber is spiritually significant. Tabitha was brought to it, a higher place, a higher state of consciousness.
By contrast, Paul was preaching in an upper chamber when Eutychus fell from it. (Acts 20:7-12) Well-lighted upper chamber seems indicative of Paul’s thought, for no doubt he was preaching Christ. Third loft represents his spiritually high thought, as well, because three is symbolic of Life, Truth, Love. He demonstrated this by quickly healing the lad. And then he continued breaking bread, sharing the truth, with the disciples – the bright lights reflecting Truth, Life and Love in the upper chamber.
So, with Tabitha a.k.a. Dorcas, (Greek, meaning gazelle, a symbol of beauty (T) and grace (Lv)), the upper chamber could be indicative of her thought, too, being a disciple. In verse 39 is mentioned the coats and garments she had made … another Concept of 2 … Truth and Love … blessing others with the Christ. These items mean more than the work of a seamstress, for she did many “good works.” Perhaps she, too, was involved in preaching, teaching, healing, nursing!
As with the audience listening to Paul, those disciples surrounding Tabitha were also expressing a higher consciousness, for they laid and washed her before taking her up to the chamber. Spiritually, could this not be another Truth and Love, cleansing impure beliefs by a higher consciousness? And another instance of the Number Count or Concept of 2.
They also expressed Truth and Love by praising her and showing gratitude for her philanthropy (being a certain or wealthy woman as it has been explained through the SCA).
Even the men who were sent to bring Peter to heal her were TWO. And Peter had emptied the upper chamber of the weepers (mortal mind’s belief in death) before raising Tabitha.
This story is filled with the Christ!
The Shunamite mother in a previous Bible Lesson (II Kings 4:21) also “went up” and laid her dead son on Elisha’s bed (verse 21). Again, he was placed in a higher place of consciousness.
To clarify this, we need to recall what was in Elisha’s “little chamber.” There were four objects: a bed, table, stool, and candlestick (verse 10). Since we are to view the Bible through a spiritual lens, these four things are more than homey necessities. They represent the Number Concept of 4; therefore, they represent Love, Truth, Life, Principle. One can identify them with the four sides of the Holy City in Revelation, one’s ideal mental habitation. (See SH 577:12)
1 Bed: a place of or need for healing = Love
2 Table represents Christ’s provision of ideas = Truth
3 Stool is an established place = Life
4 Candlestick throws light on the above three = Principle
The little “guest” room is an indication of, an insight into, Elisha’s mental habitation, the consciousness of God’s representative – the Christ consciousness – Christ Omni-action. It is this room or consciousness where the woman brought her seemingly dead son.
She then closed the door and went out. This is so similar to the closet of prayer, the “sanctuary of Spirit” that Mrs. Eddy writes about in SH 15:3. The door “shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love.”
No wonder the Shunamite mother could respond “It is well” to Gahazi’s question, “Is it well with the child?” (verse 26) (SH 15: 18-20)
When Elisha arrived, he “shut the door upon them twain” in verse 33 as did Peter with Tabitha. (Even Paul was alone with Eutychus who was lying on the ground three floors below, for there was no indication that anyone else went down to the young man.) The fact that there were twain or two in that room is a significant detail which should be noted when reading this story. The Omni-action of the Christ is very much present!
In all three cases of Eutychus, the Shunamite woman’s son, and Tabitha who had seemingly died, neither Paul, nor Elisha nor Peter accepted death as a reality. They knew death to be unreal. Do we?
(Note: All Bible verses should be interpreted spiritually for, “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible…”) (SH 497:3)
This article is written for those who are and have been following the Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA). If you are new to this approach or to CS, or have any comments or questions, we invite you to submit them below.
© 2017 Mary Walls Kuhl