WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
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1.1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
24 ¶And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
148:1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
11 Kings of the earth, and all people;
36:6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
36:9 … with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
7:1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark;
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
15 ¶And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
28:1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things?
18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
34:11 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.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:
31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.
4:4 … every creature of God is good, …
SCIENCE & HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
BY MARY BAKER EDDY
SH 502:22-23, 27
Genesis i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The creative Principle — Life, Truth, and Love — is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.
Animals and mortals metaphorically present the gradation of mortal thought, rising in the scale of intelligence, taking form in masculine, feminine, or neuter gender. The fowls, which fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven, correspond to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality to the understanding of the incorporeal and divine Principle, Love.
The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.
Genesis i. 25. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.
Spirit diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them; but the intelligence, existence, and continuity of all individuality remain in God, who is the divinely creative Principle thereof.
The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah: —
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
And the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
All things beautiful and harmless are ideas of Mind.
Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.
The serpent of God’s creating is neither subtle nor poisonous, but is a wise idea, charming in its adroitness, for Love’s ideas are subject to the Mind which forms them, — the power which changeth the serpent into a staff.
A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive.
All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.
God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower.
It is the general belief that the lower animals are less sickly than those possessing higher organizations, especially those of the human form. This would indicate that there is less disease in proportion as the force of mortal mind is less pungent or sensitive, and that health attends the absence of mortal mind.
The decaying flower, the blighted bud, the gnarled oak, the ferocious beast, — like the discords of disease, sin, and death, — are unnatural. They are the falsities of sense, the changing deflections of mortal mind; they are not the eternal realities of Mind.
SH 366:28 Life
… Life is God and God is all.
SH 503:15 infinite
… infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.
God’s ideas reflect the immortal, unerring, and infinite.
SH 511:4-5 God’s
God’s ideas “multiply and replenish the earth.”
In Science, all being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmonious in every action.
SH 472:24-26 All
All reality is in God and His creation, harmonious and eternal. That which He creates is good, and He makes all that is made.
Everything in God’s universe expresses Him.
Tender care for all God’s creatures
By Caroline Martin
Christian Science Sentinel, March 26, 2012
I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, several years ago and found the transition somewhat rocky. I had left my community and home back East to launch into a new life and basically start from scratch. It was hard to feel I was in my right place, and I felt a bit forlorn and lost. One night on my way home from work, about a third of a mile from my house, what appeared to be a scraggly coyote pup ran into the road in front of my car. When I stopped to make sure he’d gotten across safely, he turned and looked at me. As we regarded one another, I realized that his eyes mirrored exactly what I had been feeling: He too looked lost and forlorn. He darted into the bushes and was gone.
I could not get him off my mind and I prayed long into the night, searching for some peace. I remembered a phrase from Science and Health that concludes: “. . . Life is God and God is all” (p. 366). I reasoned that God is all activity, and cannot lose His own manifestation. Life cannot be separate from its own activity, which includes and is comprised of you and me and every creature. We are all the evidence of God. We are the loved of divine Love, cherished and embraced in His keeping.
With that knowing I slept peacefully. The next morning, as I headed out for the day, guess who was waiting on the road, right at the top of my driveway? What in the night had looked like a coyote turned out to be a very skinny Blue Heeler puppy! I pulled my car over and coaxed this little dog to come closer. He was so frightened that he crawled on his elbows to me. But the moment his paw reached my outstretched hand, he held on. I gently gathered him into my arms. Dusty and I have been together ever since. In God’s eyes, neither the puppy nor I was ever lost. I just had to consciously realize that fact for both Dusty and me, and it became our experience. Soon, doors began to open for me, I once again felt a sense of belonging, and my life blossomed in this new location.
Starting with God as the All-in-all, and following the inspiration that comes from this absolute fact, we are each led to contribute in our own way to the animals in our world. And healing will inevitably follow!
Mrs. Eddy urged us to “think of God as saying, I am infinite good; therefore I know not evil. Dwelling in light, I can see only the brightness of My own glory” (Unity of Good, p. 18). We, too, can behold that brightness, and lift every creature and all of mankind into that radiant light.