GOD THE PRESERVER OF MAN

June 17, 2018

 

Golden Text

The Lord bless you and keep you

(Revised Standard Version)

Num 6:24

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

 

 

Responsive Reading

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:

 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!

 

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he as redeemed from trouble

 

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;

 

Hungry and thirsty, their sould fainted within them.

 

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

 

he led them by a straight way, till they received a city to dwell in.

 

For he satisifies him who is thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

 

he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bands asunder.

 

he sent forth his word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

 

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men!

 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;

(Revised Standard Version)

Num 6:25,26

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 

Ps 107:1,2,4-7,9,14,20,21; 115:12 (to 2nd ;)

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

 

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.

 

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

 

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

 

And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

 

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

 

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

 

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel;

 

 

Section I

( 1) I Cor 8:6 there (to ;)

there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;

 

( 2) Neh 9:6 (to 2nd ;)

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all;

 

( 3) Is 66:12 (to 1st ,), 13 (to ;)

For thus saith the Lord,

 

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;

 

( 4) Ps 17:7-9,15

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

 

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

 

( 5) Ps 139:1-3, 5

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

 

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

 

( 6) Ps 3:8

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

 

 

( 1) vii:1-2

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.

 

( 2) 332:4-5

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

 

( 3) 70:12-13

The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal.

 

( 4) 336:25-26,28-30

XXIV. God, the divine Principle of man, and man in God's likeness are inseparable, harmonious, and eternal.

 

God and man are not the same, but in the order of divine Science, God and man coexist and are eternal.

 

( 5) 67:28

Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.

 

( 6) 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.

 

 

Section II

( 7) Jer 31:3

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 

( 8) Deut 33:12 The

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.

 

( 9) Ps 121:8

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

 

(10) Josh 1:1 it, 2,7-9

it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

 

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 

(11) Josh 3:5,7,8,14-17

And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to-morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

 

And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.

 

And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

 

(12) Matt 19:26 with God

with God all things are possible.

 

 

( 7) 180:25-27

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.

 

( 8) 139:4-8

From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter. Moses proved the power of Mind by what men called miracles; so did Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha.

 

( 9) 134:21-26,31-32

The true Logos is demonstrably Christian Science, the natural law of harmony which overcomes discord, not because this Science is supernatural or preternatural, nor because it is an infraction of divine law, but because it is the immutable law of God, good.

 

A miracle fulfils God's law, but does not violate that law.

 

(10) 454:18

Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must "have her perfect work."

 

(11) 11:22-27

We know that a desire for holiness is requisite in order to gain holiness; but if we desire holiness above all else, we shall sacrifice everything for it. We must be willing to do this, that we may walk securely in the only practical road to holiness.

 

(12) 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

(13) Ps 37:3

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

 

(14) Ps 40:11

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

 

(15) Matt 14:14-21

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

 

(16) Matt 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

 

(13) 206:15

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.

 

(14) 530:5

In divine Science, man is sustained by God, the divine Principle of being. The earth, at God's command, brings forth food for man's use. Knowing this, Jesus once said, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink," presuming not on the prerogative of his creator, but recognizing God, the Father and Mother of all, as able to feed and clothe man as He doth the lilies.

 

(15) 494:10

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

 

(16) 442:22-25

Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.

 

(17) 518:13-21

God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good. Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.

 

 

Section IV

(17) Jer 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

(18) Ps 71:1,3,17,18,21

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

 

Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

 

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

 

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

 

(19) Phil 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

 

(18) 151:23-24,26-28

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

 

All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.

 

(19) 336:9-12,14-15

XXII. Immortal man was and is God's image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind.

 

The spiritual man's consciousness and individuality are reflections of God.

 

(20) 332:9-11 Christ

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.

 

(21) 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.

 

(22) 407:21

If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contradict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action. Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness.

 

(23) 246:23,29

Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.

 

Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.

 

(24) 506:11-12

The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.

 

 

Section V

(20) Ps 30:3

O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

 

(21) Ps 146:9 (to :)

The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow:

 

(22) I John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

(23) Luke 8:40 (to :)

And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him:

 

(24) Luke 7:12-15

Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

 

 

(25) 494:15-19

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.

 

(26) 289:14,27-2

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.

 

Life is not in matter. Therefore it cannot be said to pass out of matter. Matter and death are mortal illusions. Spirit and all things spiritual are the real and eternal.

Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit, of Life, not of matter. Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent. Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.

 

(27) 324:32

Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me shall not see death." That is, he who perceives the true idea of Life loses his belief in death. He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of Spirit. Such a one abideth in Life, life obtained not of the body incapable of supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea. Jesus gave the true idea of being, which results in infinite blessings to mortals.

 

 

Section VI

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

The Lord is thy keeper:

 

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

 

(26) Ezek 34:11,15,26

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

 

I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

 

And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

 

 

(28) 60:29-31

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul.

 

(29) 402:12-13

Man is indestructible and eternal.

 

(30) 232:7

Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.