LIFE

July 17, 2016

 

Golden Text

Ex 3:14 I AM (to :)

I AM THAT I AM:

 

 

Responsive Reading

Is 42:8; 47:8 hear (to ;), 10 Thy (to ;), 13 (to 1st .); 43:9 (to 1st :), 11-13 (to :), 19, 21; 52:6 my

 

I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 

hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me;

 

thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee;

 

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels.

 

Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled:

 

I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

 

I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

 

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand:

 

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

 

my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Ps 42:8 the

the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

 

( 2) Ex 3:1 (to :)), 7, 10-12 (to ;), 13,14,15 this

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

 

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

 

Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

 

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 

this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

 

( 3) Ex 33:11 (to 1st .)

And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.

 

( 4) Is 42:8 (to 2nd :)

I am the Lord: that is my name:

 

 

( 1) 290:1

Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

 

( 2) 587:5-5 (to ;), 7 Life

GOD. The great I AM;

 

Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

 

( 3) 588:20-20 (to ;), 21 the

I AM. God;

 

the only Ego.

 

( 4) 256:13-16

The everlasting I AM is not bounded nor compressed within the narrow limits of physical humanity, nor can He be understood aright through mortal concepts.

 

( 5) 322:26-30

The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to learn Life in divine Science.

 

( 6) 331:1-3,5-6,16

IV. God is divine Life, and Life is no more confined to the forms which reflect it than substance is in its shadow.

 

Life is Mind, the creator reflected in His creations.

 

Everything in God's universe expresses Him.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 27:7 (to :), 8

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice:

 

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

 

( 6) Ps 36:9

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

 

( 7) Gen 27:41 Esau

Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

 

( 8) Gen 32:1,3,6,7 (to :), 24-30

And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

 

And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

 

And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:

 

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

 

( 9) Gen 33:1 (to 1st .), 4,8-10

And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men.

 

And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

 

And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord. And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

 

 

( 7) 589:4

JACOB. A corporeal mortal embracing duplicity, repentance, sensualism. Inspiration; the revelation of Science, in which the so-called material senses yield to the spiritual sense of Life and Love.

 

( 8) 308:16-23

Jacob was alone, wrestling with error, struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science.

 

( 9) 309:7

The result of Jacob's struggle thus appeared. He had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight. He was to become the father of those, who through earnest striving followed his demonstration of the power of Spirit over the material senses; and the children of earth who followed his example were to be called the children of Israel, until the Messiah should rename them. If these children should go astray, and forget that Life is God, good, and that good is not in elements which are not spiritual, thus losing the divine power which heals the sick and sinning, they were to be brought back through great tribulation, to be renamed in Christian Science and led to deny material sense, or mind in matter, even as the gospel teaches.

 

(10) 561:20

In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.

 

 

Section III

(10) Ex 15:26 I am

I am the Lord that healeth thee.

 

(11) Prov 4:20 (to ;), 22

My son, attend to my words;

 

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

 

(12) Is 33:20 thine (to ;), 24 (to :)

thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down;

 

And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick:

 

(13) II King 5:1-3, 9-14

Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.

 

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

 

 

(11) 200:9-13

Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.

 

(12) 210:25-28

What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its claim.

 

(13) 216:11-18

The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love.

 

(14) 391:18-19,29-32

When the body is supposed to say, "I am sick," never plead guilty.

 

Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love, as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit.

 

(15) 76:6-10

When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed.

 

 

Section IV

(14) Ps 16:8 (to :), 11 (to :)

I have set the Lord always before me:

 

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:

 

(15) Deut 1:17 (to :)

Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's:

 

(16) Ps 55:12 it (to 1st :), 13,14,16

it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it:

 

But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

 

As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

 

(17) Act 10:34 Of, 35

Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

 

(18) Job 22:21

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.

 

 

(16) 517:15-18

The world believes in many persons; but if God is personal, there is but one person, because there is but one God. His personality can only be reflected, not transmitted.

 

(17) 91:16

Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed the material senses.

 

(18) 491:9-11, 25

Man's spiritual individuality is never wrong. It is the likeness of man's Maker.

 

Personality is not the individuality of man. A wicked man may have an attractive personality.

 

(19) 61:1-2

We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense.

 

(20) 266:6-17

Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for "man's extremity is God's opportunity." The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality.

 

(21) 264:15

When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.

 

 

Section V

(19) John 12:44,45

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

 

(20) John 5:17 My, 19 Verily, 20 (to :), 24,26,30

My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

 

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 

(21) John 10:30

I and my Father are one.

 

 

(22) 333:19-23, 26

Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, the reflection of God, has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.

 

The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God. Jesus referred to this unity of his spiritual identity thus: "Before Abraham was, I am;" "I and my Father are one;" "My Father is greater than I." The one Spirit includes all identities.

 

(23) 42:19-21

The belief that man has existence or mind separate from God is a dying error. This error Jesus met with divine Science and proved its nothingness.

 

(24) 136:5-6

He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God.

 

(25) 51:15

He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.

 

(26) 205:32

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

 

 

Section VI

(22) Rev 4:1 I looked (to :), 2,6 (to :)

I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:

 

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

 

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:

 

(23) II Cor 3:18 we

we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

(24) Rev 21:5 (to 1st .), 6 I am

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

 

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

 

(27) 300:31

God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, yea, which manifests God's attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and action of the person in front of the mirror.

 

(28) 281:14

The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

 

(29) 306:7 (only)

Life demonstrates Life.