June 11th, 2017 Full Text |

Sunday, June 11th, 2017


Subject — God the Preserver of Man

Golden Text: Psalm 91 : 11


“He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”


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Responsive Reading: Psalm 91 : 1-7, 9, 10

1.     He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2.     I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3.     Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4.     He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5.     Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6.     Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7.     A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

9.     Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10.     There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 34 : 7

7     The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.


2.     Deuteronomy 4 : 36 (to :)

36     Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:


3.     Isaiah 30 : 21

21     And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.


4.     Psalm 68 : 17 (to 2nd ,)

17     The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them,


5.     II Kings 6 : 8 (the)-17, 18 (Elisha prayed) (to blindness), 19 (to 1st ,), 19 (follow), 23

8     ...the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

9     And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

10     And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

11     Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?

12     And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

13     And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

14     Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

15     And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

16     And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

17     And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

18      ...Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness.

19     And Elisha said unto them, ...follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.

23     And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.


6.     Psalm 103 : 20-22

20     Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21     Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22     Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.


7.     Psalm 139 : 7-10, 17, 18

7     Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8     If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

9     If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10     Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

17     How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18     If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.


8.     Ezekiel 34 : 11, 12

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

12     As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.


9.     Isaiah 40 : 10, 11

10     Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

11     He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


10.     Ephesians 6 : 10-17

10     Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11     Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12     For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13     Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14     Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15     And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16     Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17     And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     581 : 4-7

ANGELS.      God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.


2.     298 : 25-30

Angels are not etherealized human beings, evolving animal qualities in their wings; but they are celestial visitants, flying on spiritual, not material, pinions. Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love, no matter what their individualism may be.


3.     299 : 7-17

My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys. Angels are God's representatives. These upward-soaring beings never lead towards self, sin, or materiality, but guide to the divine Principle of all good, whither every real individuality, image, or likeness of God, gathers. By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us, and we entertain "angels unawares."


4.     566 : 29-12

The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God's divine messages, different offices. Michael's characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them.


5.     84 : 28-9

All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science. If this Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse. This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.

Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil.


6.     308 : 14-15

The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.


7.     213 : 16-19, 30-4

Sound is a mental impression made on mortal belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as communicated through the senses of Soul — through spiritual understanding.

Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into a false sense of things, — into belief in material origins which discard the one Mind and true source of being, — it is possible that the impressions from Truth were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the primitive prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal and indestructible.


8.     139 : 4-9

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. The Christian era was ushered in with signs and wonders.


9.     512 : 8-16

Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love. These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics. Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God's nature; and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.


10.     538 : 3-10

Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood. Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding. Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate of understanding to note the proper guests.

Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, — the unreal and the real.


11.     518 : 13-23

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. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality — infinite Life, Truth, and Love.


12.     224 : 22-27

A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?


13.     574 : 25-30

Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-winged dove descending upon you. The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.


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