Readings for Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
King James Version
Ex. 3:14 1st I (to :)
I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
Isa. 44:6 1st I (to 2nd ;)
I am the first, and I am the last;
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Isa. 54:10 (to 3rd ,), 11 (to 4th ,), 14, 17 (to ;), 17 This
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,
¶ O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, … In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
¶ No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; … This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
I Kings 18:46 1st the (to ;)
the hand of the Lord was on Elijah;
I Kings 19:1 (to ,), 2, 3 (to 3rd ,), 4-9 1st and (to 5th ,), 11 Go, 12
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, … Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to-morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life,
and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
¶ And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him,Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Ps. 90:1, 2
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Acts 7:9 the, 10, 17 3rd the, 18, 20 (to 1st ,), 36
the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. … the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. … In which time Moses was born, … He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
Ps. 36:7, 9 in, 10
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. … in thy light shall we see light. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
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.
Isa. 43:1 now, 3 (to 1st ,), 4 (to :), 5 (to 2nd :), 9 (to 1st :), 10, 11 (to ;)
now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. … For I am the Lordthy God, … Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: … Fear not: for I am with thee:
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: … Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord;
Mark 5:21-23 when, 35, 36, 38-42 (to ;)
when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. … While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. … And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked;
John 8:51-53 (to 1st ?), 54 (to 1st ,), 56-59
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? … Jesus answered, … 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. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Mal. 3:6 1st I (to ;)
I am the Lord, I change not;
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
By Mary Baker Eddy
The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.
The various contradictions of the Science of Mind by the material senses do not change the unseen Truth, which remains forever intact.
Day may decline and shadows fall, but darkness flees when the earth has again turned upon its axis. The sun is not affected by the revolution of the earth. So Science reveals Soul as God, untouched by sin and death, — as the central Life and intelligence around which circle harmoniously all things in the systems of Mind.
Soul changeth not.
SH 2:8-11, 15-16, 23 (only, to ?), 26 Do (only), 31-2
God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love.
Prayer cannot change the Science of being, but it tends to bring us into harmony with it.
God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more? … Do we expect to change perfection?
Asking God to be God is a vain repetition. God is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever;” and He who is immutably right will do right without being reminded of His province.
SH 318:28 The (only)
The governor is not subjected to the governed.
SH 11:21-22, 27
Petitions bring to mortals only the results of mortals’ own faith. … Prayer cannot change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth; but prayer, coupled with a fervent habitual desire to know and do the will of God, will bring us into all Truth. Such a desire has little need of audible expression. It is best expressed in thought and in life.
We lose the high signification of omnipotence, when after admitting that God, or good, is omnipresent and has all-power, we still believe there is another power, named evil. This belief that there is more than one mind is as pernicious to divine theology as are ancient mythology and pagan idolatry. With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
SH 333:16-30 1st The
The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. 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.”
To Jesus, not materiality, but spirituality, was the reality of man’s existence, while to the rabbis the spiritual was the intangible and uncertain, if not the unreal.
Jesus taught them how death was to be overcome by spiritual Life, and demonstrated this beyond cavil.
Life demonstrates Life. The immortality of Soul makes man immortal. If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless, — no Father.
If Life or Soul and its representative, man, unite for a period and then are separated as by a law of divorce to be brought together again at some uncertain future time and in a manner unknown, — and this is the general religious opinion of mankind, — we are left without a rational proof of immortality. But man cannot be separated for an instant from God, if man reflects God. Thus Science proves man’s existence to be intact.
The myriad forms of mortal thought, made manifest as matter, are not more distinct nor real to the material senses than are the Soul-created forms to spiritual sense, which cognizes Life as permanent. Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle, — is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal.
SH 134:14-17, 21
Man-made doctrines are waning. They have not waxed strong in times of trouble. Devoid of the Christ-power, how can they illustrate the doctrines of Christ or the miracles of grace?
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. Jesus said: “I knew that Thou hearest me always;” and he raised Lazarus from the dead, stilled the tempest, healed the sick, walked on the water. There is divine authority for believing in the superiority of spiritual power over material resistance.
Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.
SH 323:28; 324:11-12
The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the “still, small voice” of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
Therefore “acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.”
The “still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, — made manifest in the destruction of error.
SH 340:12 Divine, 23
Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.
The divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness.
Hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal
Happy the man whose heart can rest,Assured God’s goodness ne’er will cease;Each day, complete, with joy is blessed,God keepeth him in perfect peace.
God keepeth him, and God is one,One Life, forevermore the same,One Truth unchanged while ages run;Eternal Love His holiest name.
Dwelling in Love that cannot change,From anxious fear man finds release;No more his homeless longings range,God keepeth him in perfect peace.
In perfect peace, with tumult stilled,Enhavened where no storms arise,There man can work what God hath willed;The joy of perfect work his prize.
In heavenly Love abiding,No change my heart shall fear;And safe is such confiding,For nothing changes here.The storm may roar without me,My heart may low be laid;But God is round about me,And can I be dismayed?
Hymn 49:3, 4
Breathe through the pulses of desireThy coolness and Thy balm;Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,O still small voice of calm.
… Drop Thy still dews of quietness,Till all our strivings cease;Take from us now the strain and stress,And let our ordered lives confessThe beauty of Thy peace.