GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN

December 11, 2016

 

Golden Text

Dan 10:19 O man (to :)

O man greatly beloved, fear not:

 

 

Responsive Reading

Deut 7:6 (to :), 7-9, 13 (to :); 8:2,4,7,9 (to ;)

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God:

 

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

 

But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

 

And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee:

 

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

 

Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.

 

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

 

A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it;

 

 

Section I

( 1) Matt 6:9 Our, 13 For (to 1st .)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

 

( 2) Ps 108:5,6 (to :)

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; That thy beloved may be delivered:

 

( 3) Ps 32:7 thou shalt

thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 

( 4) Deut 33:12 The, 27 (to :)

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

 

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:

 

 

( 1) 586:9

FATHER. Eternal Life; the one Mind; the divine Principle, commonly called God.

 

( 2) 332:4-5

VIII. Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.

 

( 3) 470:32

The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.

 

( 4) 256:7

Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.

 

 

Section II

( 5) Ps 121:8

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

( 6) Gen 12:1,2,4 (to ;)

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

 

So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him;

 

( 7) Gen 17:1,3-5,7

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

 

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

 

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

 

( 8) Heb 11:8,10

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

( 9) II Cor 6:16 God hath, 17 and I, 18

God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

 

( 5) 579:10-14

ABRAHAM. Fidelity; faith in the divine Life and in the eternal Principle of being.

This patriarch illustrated the purpose of Love to create trust in good, and showed the life-preserving power of spiritual understanding.

 

( 6) 506:10-11

Through divine Science, Spirit, God, unites understanding to eternal harmony.

 

( 7) 454:5-9,18-19

The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens."

 

Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.

 

( 8) 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

 

 

Section III

(10) Num 20:1 (to :), 2,3,5-9,11

Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month:

 

And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!

 

And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

 

And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

 

(11) Ps 114:7,8

Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

 

(12) Ps 36:7-9 (to :)

How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life:

 

 

( 9) 570:14-16

Millions of unprejudiced minds simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert are waiting and watching for rest and drink.

 

(10) 494:10-11

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.

 

(11) 2:4,23-28

Are we benefited by praying? Yes, the desire which goes forth hungering after righteousness is blessed of our Father, and it does not return unto us void.

 

God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? God is intelligence. Can we inform the infinite Mind of anything He does not already comprehend? Do we expect to change perfection? Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept?

 

(12) 12:31

In divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as "a very present help in trouble." Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters."

 

(13) 507:3-6

Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God.

 

 

Section IV

(13) Is 65:`18 be, 20 (to :)

 

Chapter 65

 

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:

 

(14) Josh 14:6 the, 7,10, 11 (to :)

the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart.

 

And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me:

 

(15) Job 11:7 (to 1st ?), 13-15,17

Canst thou by searching find out God?

 

If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

 

And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

 

 

(14) 151:23-24

The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.

 

(15) 244:23-24

Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has neither birth nor death.

 

(16) 248:5

Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.

 

(17) 247:3,13-15

I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost, sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew, had a return of sight. Another woman at ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bicuspids, and one molar. One man at sixty had retained his full set of upper and lower teeth without a decaying cavity.

 

Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, the radiance of Soul.

 

(18) 246:18-31

Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

 

 

Section V

(16) Is 49:8 (to :), 25 I will

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee:

 

I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

 

(17) Matt 14:14

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

 

(18) Matt 9:18 behold, 19, 23-26

behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

 

And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

 

(19) Matt 19:13,14

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

 

(20) Matt 18:14 it

it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

 

 

(19) 206:19-21, 2-28

Does God send sickness, giving the mother her child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death?

 

wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.

The power of the human will should be exercised only in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judgment and free the lower propensities. It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man. Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both upon the body and through it.

Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of the sentiments hope, faith, love is the prayer of the righteous. This prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick.

In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.

Does God send sickness, giving the mother her child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death? Is God creating anew what He has already created? The Scriptures are definite on this point, declaring that His work was finished, nothing is new to God, and that it was good.

Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality.

 

(20) 582:28

CHILDREN. The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.

 

(21) 476:28-32

When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal.

 

(22) 63:5 (only), 9

In Science man is the offspring of Spirit.

 

Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.

 

(23) 557:18

Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as never dying, but as coexistent with his creator.

 

 

Section VI

(21) John 8:1,2,12-16 I am, 19,29,54 it (to ;), 56-58

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

 

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

 

Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

 

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

 

it is my Father that honoureth me;

 

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 

(22) John 10:30

I and my Father are one.

 

 

(24) 337:7-10

For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love; the Son must be in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ.

 

(25) 18:3-5

Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.

 

(26) 333:19-30

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. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. 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."

 

(27) 315:3-7

That saying of our Master, "I and my Father are one," separated him from the scholastic theology of the rabbis. His better understanding of God was a rebuke to them. He knew of but one Mind and laid no claim to any other.

 

(28) 31:4-6,8

Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."

 

We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.

 

(29) 267:8

It is generally conceded that God is Father, eternal, self-created, infinite. If this is so, the forever Father must have had children prior to Adam. The great I AM made all "that was made." Hence man and the spiritual universe coexist with God.

 

 

Section VII

(23) Ps 121:5 (to :), 7

The Lord is thy keeper:

 

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

 

(24) I John 3:1 (to :)

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:

 

(25) Dan 10:19 O man (to 1st .)

O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.

 

(26) Dan 9:23 thou (to :)

thou art greatly beloved:

 

 

(30) 516:12-13, 21

Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.

 

Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.

 

(31) 361:16

As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."

 

(32) 530:5-6

In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being.