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Review January - February 2013


References of Theocratic Ministry School Review January - February 2013



SOURCE MATERIAL: New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [bi12] and The Watchtower [w].

1. Why did Jesus say that "those who mourn" wouldbe happy? (Matt. 5:4) [Jan. 7, w09 2/15 p. 6 par. 6]

"Those who mourn" are the same kind of people as "those conscious of their spiritual need." (Matt. 5:3) Their mourning is sadness over their own sinful state and the conditions existing because of human imperfection. Such mourners can be happy if they exercise faith in God and Christ and are comforted by having a good relationship with Jehovah.

2. In the model prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, what did he mean when he said: "Do not bring us into temptation"? (Matt. 6: 13) [Jan. 7, w04 2/1 p. 16 par. 13]

The one who is trying to trip us up, to cause us to fall by crafty acts, is the great Tempt- er, Satan the Devil. By obeying Jesus and praying not to be brought into tempta- tion, we are asking Jehovah not to allow us to fall when we are under temptation. We are asking him to help us not to be "overreached by Satan," not to succumb to temptations. (2 Cor. 2:11)

3. Why did Jesus say that his disciples would not complete their circuit of preaching "un¬til the Son of man arrives"? (Matt. 10:23) [Jan. 14, w10 9/15 p. 10 par. 12; w87 8/1 p. 8 par. 6]

Jesus was prophetically tell- ing us that his disciples would not give a
personal witness about God's established Kingdom to every individual on the plan- et before Armageddon.

4. What two things does Jesus' illustration of the mustard grain highlight? (Matt. 13: 31, 32) [Jan. 21, w08 7/15 pp. 17-18 pars. 3-8]

The illustration of the mustard grain highlights the amazing growth of the Kingdom message and the protection giv- en to those who accept the message. At Pentecost, the tiny Christian congrega¬tion began with about 120 disciples, and in a short period of time, it grew to include thousands of believers. (Acts 1: 15; 2:41) Since 1914 the branches of the mustard "tree" have grown beyond ex- pectations and have provided spiritual protection for millions of righthearted ones within the confines of the Christian congregation.

5. What lesson was Jesus teaching when he said: "Unless you turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens"? (Matt. 18:3) [Jan. 28, w07 2/1 pp. 9-10 pars. 3-4]

Jesus was teaching his disciples a les- son in humility. True humility moves us to minister to others no matter how un- pleasant the task. Cultivating a humble, childlike spirit unites us with the highest Personage in the universe and his Son, thus contributing to the peace and unity evident among God's people.

6. What is the meaning of Jesus' words "you yourself said it"? (Matt. 26:63, 64) [Feb. 11, w11 6/1 p. 18]

Jesus recognized the high priest's authority to put him under oath to state the facts. So Jesus' response, "you yourself said it," was an affirmative reply to the high priest. In Mark's parallel account, when directly challenged by Caiaphas to reveal if He was the Messiah, Jesus courageously replied: "I am." (Mark 14:62)

7. Why is Jesus called "Lord even of the sab- bath"? (Mark 2:28) [Feb. 18, w08 2/15 p. 28 par. 7]

Jesus performed many of his cures on the Sabbath. This foreshadowed the peaceful rest and other blessings that mankind will experience under the Thou- sand Year Reign of Christ after the end of Satan's oppressive rulership. Therefore, the King of that Kingdom is also "Lord of the sabbath." (Matt. 12:8)

8. Why did Jesus respond as he did regarding his mother and his brothers, and what does this teach us? (Mark 3:31-35) [Feb. 18, w08 2/15 p. 29 par. 5]

At his baptism, Jesus became God's spiritual Son, and "the Jerusalem above" was his mother. (Gal. 4: 26) From then on, Jesus' disciples were nearer and dearer to him than his fleshly relatives were. This teaches us to put spir¬itual interests fírst in our lives.

9. As recorded at Mark 8:22-25, why may Je¬sus have restored the blind man's sight in two steps, and what can we learn from this? [Feb. 25, w00 2/15 p. 17 par. 7]

The Bible does not say why he performed this miracle in two steps. However, the manner in which Jesus performed this miracle may well have been in order to enable one so used to being in darkness to adjust to the shock of suddenly seeing a sunlit and complex world. Like Jesus, we need to be considerate of the limitations and needs of others. (John 16:12)

10. What do we learn from the way Jesus reacted to Peter's rebuke at Mark 8:32-34? [Feb. 25, w08 2/15 p. 29 par. 6]

We should be quick to recognize and reject any mistaken kindness displayed by others. A follower of Christ must be prepared to "disown himself," that is, to deny himself and say no to selfísh desires and ambitions. He must continually follow Jesus and be willing to "pick up his torture stake"—to suffer, if need be, or be shamed or persecuted or even put to death for

Source consulted or translated: Watchtower Online Library: References of Theocratic Ministry School Review January - February 2013

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