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June 23 Bible reading: Leviticus 10-13
No. 1: Leviticus 12:1–13:8
No. 2: The Truth About Venerating Relics and Images of “Saints” (rs p. 354 ¶1–p. 355 ¶1)
No. 3: Abusive Speech—Abusive Speech Is Displeasing to Jehovah (it-1 p. 35)
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JUNE 23-29, 2014
Be of Good Courage—Jehovah Is Your Helper!
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JUNE 23-29, 2014
Be of Good Courage—Jehovah Is Your Helper!
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Our Meetings All In One (AIO)

All References Week Starting June 23



Theocratic Ministry School

No. 1: Leviticus 12:1–13:8


No. 2: The Truth About Venerating Relics and Images of “Saints” (rs p. 354 ¶1–p. 355 ¶1)

rs p. 354 ¶1–p. 355 ¶1 Saints
The New Catholic Encyclopedia admits: “It is thus vain to seek a justification for the cult of relics in the Old Testament; nor is much attention paid to relics in the New Testament. . . . [The Church “father”] Origen seems to have regarded the practice as a pagan sign of respect for a material object.”—(1967), Vol. XII, pp. 234, 235.
It is noteworthy that God buried Moses, and no human ever found out where his grave was. (Deut. 34:5, 6) But Jude 9 informs us that the archangel Michael disputed with the Devil about Moses’ body. Why? God’s purpose to dispose of it in such a manner that humans would not know where to find it was clearly stated. Did the Adversary want to direct humans to that body so that it might be put on display and perhaps become an object of veneration?
Regarding the veneration of images of the “saints,” see the main heading “Images.”
Why are Catholic “saints” depicted with halos?
The New Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges: “The most common attribute, applied to all saints, is the nimbus (cloud), a luminous defined shape surrounding the head of the saint. Its origins are pre-Christian, and examples are found in Hellenistic art of pagan inspiration; the halo was used, as evidenced in mosaics and coins, for demigods and divinities such as Neptune, Jupiter, Bacchus, and in particular Apollo (god of the sun).”—(1967), Vol. XII, p. 963.
The New Encyclopædia Britannica says: “In Hellenistic and Roman art the sun-god Helios and Roman emperors often appear with a crown of rays. Because of its pagan origin, the form was avoided in Early Christian art, but a simple circular nimbus was adopted by Christian emperors for their official portraits. From the middle of the 4th century, Christ was also shown with this imperial attribute . . . it was not until the 6th century that the halo became customary for the Virgin Mary and other saints.”—(1976), Micropædia, Vol. IV, p. 864.
Is it proper to mix Christianity with pagan symbolism?
“Light and darkness have nothing in common. Christ is not the ally of Beliar [Belial; Satan], nor has a believer anything to share with an unbeliever. The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are—the temple of the living God. . . . Then come away from them and keep aloof, says the Lord. Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will welcome you and be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Almighty Lord.”—2 Cor. 6:14-18, JB.

No. 3: Abusive Speech—Abusive Speech Is Displeasing to Jehovah (it-1 p. 35)

it-1 p. 35 Abusive Speech
ABUSIVE SPEECH
The original Greek word bla•sphe•mi′a and the verb bla•sphe•me′o basically indicate defamatory, calumnious, abusive language. As noted under the heading BLASPHEMY, the Greek word bla•sphe•mi′a has a broader meaning than the present English word “blasphemy.” In English, only when such speech is directed against God, not against his creatures, is it properly termed “blasphemy.” (Mt 12:31) Concerning this, The Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopædia and Scriptural Dictionary says: “Our English translators [that is, primarily those of the KJ] have not adhered to the right use of the term. They employ it with the same latitude as the Greek; but it is generally easy to perceive, from the connection and subject of a passage, whether blasphemy, properly so called, be meant, or only defamation.”—Edited by S. Fallows, 1912, Vol. I, p. 291.
Thus, while the King James Version uses “blasphemy” and “blasphemed” in Acts 18:6, Colossians 3:8, 1 Timothy 6:1, and Titus 2:5, later translations say “slander,” “abusive talk [or “speech”],” “reviled,” “defamed,” “abused,” “spoken of abusively,” and similar expressions. (See RS, AT, NW, and others.) However, the King James Version does recognize this distinction elsewhere in the Greek Scriptures.
As the following texts and surrounding verses show, at the time of his impalement abusive speech was directed against Christ by passersby, who said, “Bah! You would-be thrower-down of the temple and builder of it in three days’ time, save yourself by coming down off the torture stake.” Similar words came from one of the evildoers alongside. (Mr 15:29, 30; Mt 27:39, 40; Lu 23:39) Paul and his fellow Christians were objects of such speech by those who falsely construed their purpose, message, and Christian conscience (Ac 18:6; Ro 3:8; 14:16; 1Co 10:30; 1Pe 4:4), yet they themselves were to “speak injuriously of no one,” and by their conduct gave no true grounds for their work or message to be spoken of abusively. (Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; 1Ti 6:1; Tit 2:5; 3:2; compare 2Pe 2:2.) Even the angels “do not bring . . . an accusation in abusive terms, not doing so out of respect for Jehovah.” (2Pe 2:11) But such talk can be expected from those who indulge in loose conduct, those who are proud and mentally diseased over questionings and debates, and those who disregard or disrespect God’s appointments.—1Ti 6:4; 2Pe 2:10-12; Jude 8-10.
The word ga•dhaph′ is used in a corresponding way in the Hebrew Scriptures. Evidently originally referring to inflicting violent physical injury, it is used figuratively to mean “speak abusively,” that is, harm with reproachful words. (Nu 15:30; 2Ki 19:6; Eze 20:27) The Hebrew word na•qav′, basically meaning “pierce; bore” (2Ki 12:9; 18:21), has the sense of blaspheming in the account where the son of an Israelite woman was said to have ‘abused’ Jehovah’s name. (Le 24:11, 16) In these cases harsh or coarse speech is indicated, directed against either Jehovah God himself or his people. A study of the context makes clear the nature of such “abusive speech.”—See EXECRATION; MALEDICTION; REVILING.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Leviticus 10-13


Scriptural Questions Answered:

10:1, 2—What may have been involved in the sin of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu? Soon after Nadab and Abihu took liberties in performing their priestly duties, Jehovah forbade priests to use wine or intoxicating liquor while serving at the tabernacle. (Leviticus 10:9) This suggests that Aaron’s two sons may have been under the influence of alcohol on the occasion here under consideration. However, the actual reason for their death was their offering “illegitimate fire, which [Jehovah] had not prescribed for them.”

Lessons for Us:

10:1, 2. Responsible servants of Jehovah today must comply with divine requirements. Moreover, they must not be presumptuous as they care for their responsibilities.
10:9. We should not perform God-given duties while under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Scriptural Questions Answered:

12:2, 5—Why did childbirth make a woman “unclean”? The reproductive organs were made to pass on perfect human life. However, because of the inherited effects of sin, imperfect and sinful life was passed on to the offspring. The temporary periods of ‘uncleanness’ associated with childbirth, as well as other matters, such as menstruation and seminal emissions, called this hereditary sinfulness to mind. (Leviticus 15:16-24; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12) The required purification regulations would help the Israelites to appreciate the need for a ransom sacrifice to cover mankind’s sinfulness and restore human perfection. Thus the Law became their “tutor leading to Christ.”—Galatians 3:24.

Lessons for Us:

11:45. Jehovah God is holy and demands that those who render him sacred service be holy. They must pursue holiness and remain physically and spiritually clean.—2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:15, 16.
12:8. Jehovah allowed the poor to offer birds instead of a more costly sheep as a sacrificial offering. He is considerate of the poor.

*** w11 2/15 p. 12 Questions From Readers ***
Why did Moses become angry with Aaron’s sons Eleazar and Ithamar after the death of their brothers Nadab and Abihu, and how was his anger appeased?—Lev. 10:16-20.
Shortly after the installation of the priesthood for service at the tabernacle, Jehovah executed Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu because they had offered illegitimate fire before Him. (Lev. 10:1, 2) Moses ordered Aaron’s surviving sons not to mourn their dead brothers. Not long thereafter, Moses became indignant at Eleazar and Ithamar because they had not eaten the goat of the sin offering. (Lev. 9:3) Why did Moses react this way?
The laws that Jehovah had given Moses specified that the priest who offered up a sin offering was to eat part of it in the courtyard of the tent of meeting. Doing so was considered to be answering for the sins of those who made the sacrifice. However, if some of the blood of the sacrifice was taken into the Holy Place, the first compartment of the sanctuary, the offering was not to be eaten. Instead, it was to be burned.—Lev. 6:24-26, 30.
It appears that after the tragic events of that day, Moses saw the need to make sure that all of Jehovah’s commandments had been followed. On discovering that the goat of the sin offering had been burned, he indignantly asked Eleazar and Ithamar why they had not eaten it as directed, because its blood had not been presented before Jehovah in the Holy Place.—Lev. 10:17, 18.
Aaron answered Moses’ question, since the surviving priests had evidently acted as they did with his approval. In the light of the execution of two of his sons, Aaron may have wondered whether any of the priests could in good conscience eat of the sin offering on that day. Perhaps he felt that their eating of it would not be pleasing to Jehovah, even though they bore no direct responsibility for the error committed by Nadab and Abihu.—Lev. 10:19.
Aaron may especially have reasoned that on the day when members of his family first performed their priestly duties, they should have exercised great care to please God in even the smallest detail. However, Jehovah’s name had been profaned by Nadab and Abihu, and God’s anger had blazed against them. So Aaron may have thought that members of a priestly family in which such sin was found should not partake of a holy offering.
Moses seems to have accepted his brother’s answer, for the passage concludes: “When Moses got to hear that, then it proved satisfactory in his eyes.” (Lev. 10:20) Evidently, Jehovah too was satisfied with Aaron’s answer.

*** w11 7/15 pp. 31-32 par. 16 God’s Rest—Have You Entered Into It? ***
16 Moses’ brother, Aaron, faced a difficult situation with regard to two of his sons. Think of how he must have felt when his sons Nadab and Abihu offered illegitimate fire to Jehovah and He struck them dead. Of course, that ended any association those men could have had with their parents. But there is more. Jehovah instructed Aaron and his faithful sons: “Do not let your heads go ungroomed, and you must not tear your garments [in mourning], that you may not die and that [Jehovah] may not become indignant against all the assembly.” (Lev. 10:1-6) The message is clear. Our love for Jehovah must be stronger than our love for unfaithful family members.

*** w12 1/15 p. 22 par. 7 Making Whole-Souled Sacrifices for Jehovah ***
7 When you dedicated yourself to Jehovah, you made that decision without reservation, did you not? In effect, you said that in every aspect of your life, you would put Jehovah first. (Read Hebrews 10:7.) That was a good decision. Doubtless you have seen that when you seek Jehovah’s will in a matter and strive to work in harmony with it, the results are excellent. (Isa. 48:17, 18) God’s people are holy and joyful because they reflect the qualities of the One who instructs them.—Lev. 11:44; 1 Tim. 1:11.

*** w12 1/15 p. 24 par. 12 Making Whole-Souled Sacrifices for Jehovah ***
12 King David sang to Jehovah: “May my prayer be prepared as incense before you.” (Ps. 141:2) Think for a moment about your prayers—about their regularity and their quality. The book of Revelation likens “the prayers of the holy ones” to incense in that acceptable prayers rise to Jehovah like a sweet-smelling and pleasant odor. (Rev. 5:8) In ancient Israel, the incense that was regularly offered on Jehovah’s altar had to be carefully and precisely prepared. It was acceptable to Jehovah only if offered according to the guidelines that he had established. (Ex. 30:34-37; Lev. 10:1, 2) If our heartfelt prayers are similarly formulated, then we can be sure that they are acceptable to Jehovah.

*** w10 8/1 pp. 29-30 Missionaries Sent to “Make Disciples” ***
“Mark Well the Ravens.” Michael Burnett, a class instructor and former missionary, delivered the talk with the above title. He said that we are going to have anxious thoughts on occasion. But remember Jesus’ counsel: “Mark well that the ravens neither sow seed nor reap, . . . and yet God feeds them.” (Luke 12:24) According to the Law covenant, ravens were unclean, not fit to be eaten. They were to be considered loathsome. (Leviticus 11:13, 15) In spite of their status, God feeds them. “So if you are confronted with major anxiety in the future,” said Brother Burnett, “think about the raven. If God takes care of an unclean, loathsome bird, how much more so is he going to take care of you who are clean in his eyes.”

*** w09 2/1 p. 19 Did You Know? ***
There is no doubt that leprosy afflicted people in the Middle East in Biblical times, and the Mosaic Law required that a person with leprosy be quarantined. (Leviticus 13:4, 5) However, the Hebrew word tsa•ra′ʽath translated “leprosy” was not confined to a medical condition. Tsa•ra′ʽath also affected clothing and houses. This kind of leprosy could appear in woolen or linen garments or in anything made of leather. In some cases, it could be eliminated by washing, but if a “yellowish-green or reddish plague” persisted, the garment or leather was to be burned. (Leviticus 13:47-52) In houses, the plague manifested itself as “yellowish-green or reddish depressions” in a wall. Affected stones and mortar were to be removed and discarded—away from human habitation. If the leprosy returned, the building was to be demolished and the materials disposed of. (Leviticus 14:33-45) Some suggest that the leprosy in garments or houses might have described what is now called mildew or mold. However, this cannot be stated with certainty.

*** w06 6/1 p. 31 Questions From Readers ***
In the Mosaic Law, why were certain natural sexual functions viewed as making a person “unclean”?
God created sex, both for the reproduction of the human race and for the enjoyment of married couples. (Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 5:15-18) In chapters 12 and 15 of Leviticus, however, we find detailed statutes concerning uncleanness ascribed to seminal emissions, menstruation, and childbirth. (Leviticus 12:1-6; 15:16-24) Such laws given to ancient Israel fostered a healthy lifestyle, upheld lofty moral values, and stressed the sanctity of blood and the need for atonement for sins.
The paramount issue involved in the types of uncleanness resulting from sexual matters, however, was the flow or loss of blood. Jehovah’s laws regarding blood impressed on the minds of the Israelites not only the sanctity of blood but also the special place that blood occupies in the worship of Jehovah, namely, in sacrifices and atonement for sins.—Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23, 24, 27.

Service Meeting

Song 82
10 min: The Literature Offer for July. Discussion. Briefly consider features of the literature that will be offered. Have one or two demonstrations.
20 min: “How to Help Those Who Have Difficulty Reading.” Questions and answers.
Song 55 and Prayer

10 min: The Literature Offer for July.

Discussion. Briefly consider features of the literature that will be offered. Have one or two demonstrations.

20 min: “How to Help Those Who Have Difficulty Reading.” Questions and answers.


HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY READING

1. Teaching the Bible to those who have difficulty reading presents what challenge?
1 Householders who have difficulty reading may be interested in spiritual things, but they could be intimidated by the Bible and other books. Offering such people the Bible Teach book, at least initially, may meet with little success. How can we help them spiritually? We asked experienced publishers from over 20 different countries what they do. Their suggestions follow.

2. What tools are effective in helping someone who has difficulty reading?
2 If the student has limited or no reading ability, you might start with a brochure, either Listen to God or Listen to God and Live Forever. One pioneer from the United States shows the person both brochures and asks which one he is more comfortable with. The branch office in Kenya reports that these tools have been very effective there because in African society, people are traditionally taught through storytelling rather than question-and-answer discussions. Whereas an educated person might easily accept reading and questioning, that method might make someone with little formal education uncomfortable. If the student has some reading ability, many publishers like to start in the brochures Good News from God! or You Can Be God’s Friend! or perhaps My Book of Bible Stories.

3. What insights regarding those who cannot read will help us to be effective in teaching them?
3 Commend: Those who have not learned to read may feel embarrassed, and many have low self-worth. Helping them feel comfortable is often the first step toward teaching them the truth. Most people who cannot read are intelligent and are able to learn. Show them due respect, and treat them with dignity. (1 Pet. 3:15) They will be motivated to continue the study if they feel that their efforts are worthwhile and that they are making spiritual progress. So be generous in commending them.

^ par. 3 (1 Pet. 3:15) But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect.

Those who have not learned to read may feel embarrassed, and many have low self-worth. Helping them feel comfortable is often the first step toward teaching them the truth

4. How can we encourage those with limited reading ability to prepare for the study?
4 Even if the student has limited reading ability, encourage him to prepare for his study. Some publishers in South Africa encourage their students to ask a family member or friend who can read well to help the students. A publisher in Britain motivates his students to prepare by letting them use his book for a few paragraphs during the study so that they can see how much easier it is to find the answers when they are underlined. One brother in India encourages his students to look at the pictures in the lesson for the next week and meditate on them in advance.

5. How can we demonstrate patience when conducting the study?
5 Be Patient: Regardless of the publication you use, focus on the main points, and help your student to understand them well. In the beginning, discussions of 10 to 15 minutes may be best. Do not try to cover too much material, perhaps just a few paragraphs each session. Be patient if the student reads slowly. He will likely be motivated to improve his reading ability as he develops appreciation for Jehovah. To help your student do that, it is good to invite him to attend the meetings from the start.

6. How can we help individuals learn how to read?
6 If Bible students learn how to read, they will make faster spiritual progress. (Ps. 1:1-3) Many have helped their students by using the publication Apply Yourself to Reading and Writing for a few minutes at the end of each study. If the student gets discouraged, perhaps you can build up his confidence by pointing out some things that he was able to learn how to do. Assure him that Jehovah will bless his efforts, and encourage him to pray for help. (Prov. 16:3; 1 John 5:14, 15) Some publishers in Britain encourage their students to set reasonable but progressive goals—perhaps first mastering the alphabet, then finding and reading selected scriptures, and finally reading from simplified Bible publications. Helping people learn how to read often involves motivating them to want to do it, not just teaching them how.

^ par. 6 (Ps. 1:1-3) Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked And does not stand on the path of sinners And does not sit in the seat of scoffers. 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And he reads His law in an undertone day and night. 3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, A tree that produces fruit in its season, The foliage of which does not wither. And everything he does will succeed.
^ par. 6 (Prov. 16:3) Commit to Jehovah whatever you do, And your plans will succeed.
^ par. 6 (1 John 5:14, 15) And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that no matter what we ask according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that he hears us concerning whatever we are asking, we know that we are to have the things we ask for, since we have asked them of him.

7. Why should we not hold back from introducing the truth to those who have difficulty reading?
7 Jehovah does not look down on those with little secular education. (Job 34:19) It is the person’s heart that Jehovah is searching. (1 Chron. 28:9) So do not hold back from introducing the truth to those who have difficulty reading. You have many excellent tools that you can start with. Eventually, you can transfer the study to the Bible Teach book and give him a more rounded understanding of the Scriptures.

^ par. 7 (Job 34:19) There is One who does not show partiality to princes And who does not favor the rich over the poor, For they are all the work of his hands.
^ par. 7 (1 Chron. 28:9) “And you, Sol′o•mon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a complete heart and with a delightful soul, for Jehovah searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts. If you search for him, he will let himself be found by you, but if you leave him, he will reject you forever.

If the householder cannot read, try this:

• Initially use Listen to God, Listen to God and Live Forever, or another suitable publication.
• Treat him with dignity, and commend generously.
• Keep discussions brief, and do not try to cover too much material.
• Help him develop his reading skills.
As he demonstrates appreciation for the truth and an appetite for learning, you may be able to transfer the study to the Bible Teach book.

Congregation Bible Study

Draw Close to Jehovah

Chapter 9. “Christ the Power of God”

References and biblical texts


Paragraph 1
1-3. (a) What terrifying experience did the disciples have on the Sea of Galilee, and what did Jesus do? (b) Why is Jesus rightly called “Christ the power of God”?
* Sudden storms are common to the Sea of Galilee. Because of the sea’s low elevation (some 700 feet [200 m] below sea level), the air is much warmer there than in the surrounding area, and this creates atmospheric disturbances. Strong winds rush down the Jordan Valley from Mount Hermon, situated to the north. The calm of one moment may well yield to the raging storm of the next.
(Matthew 4:18, 19) Walking alongside the Sea of Gal′i•lee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
(Mark 4:35-38) And on that day, when evening had fallen, he said to them: “Let us cross to the other shore.” 36 So after they had dismissed the crowd, they took him in the boat, just as he was, and there were other boats with him. 37 Now a great violent windstorm broke out, and the waves kept crashing into the boat, so that the boat was close to being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, sleeping on the pillow. So they woke him up and said to him: “Teacher, do you not care that we are about to perish?”
(Matthew 8:23-25) And when he went aboard a boat, his disciples followed him. 24 Now look! a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but he was sleeping. 25 And they came and woke him up, saying: “Lord, save us, we are about to perish!”
Paragraph 2
1-3. (a) What terrifying experience did the disciples have on the Sea of Galilee, and what did Jesus do? (b) Why is Jesus rightly called “Christ the power of God”?
(Mark 4:39-41) With that he got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: “Hush! Be quiet!” And the wind abated, and a great calm set in. 40 So he said to them: “Why are you so afraid? Do you not yet have any faith?” 41 But they felt an unusual fear, and they said to one another: “Who really is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him.”
(Matthew 8:26, 27) But he said to them: “Why are you so afraid, you with little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and a great calm set in. 27 So the men were amazed and said: “What sort of person is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.”
Paragraph 3
1-3. (a) What terrifying experience did the disciples have on the Sea of Galilee, and what did Jesus do? (b) Why is Jesus rightly called “Christ the power of God”?
(1 Corinthians 1:24) However, to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Paragraph 4
4, 5. (a) Jehovah delegated what power and authority to his only-begotten Son? (b) How was this Son equipped to carry out his Father’s creative purposes?
(Romans 1:20) For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable.
(Colossians 1:15) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
(John 1:3) All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence
Paragraph 5
4, 5. (a) Jehovah delegated what power and authority to his only-begotten Son? (b) How was this Son equipped to carry out his Father’s creative purposes?
(Proverbs 8:22-31) Jehovah produced me as the beginning of his way, The earliest of his achievements of long ago. 23 From ancient times I was installed, From the start, from times earlier than the earth. 24 When there were no deep waters, I was brought forth, When there were no springs overflowing with water. 25 Before the mountains were set in place, Before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 When he had not yet made the earth and its fields Or the first clods of earth’s soil. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there; When he marked out the horizon on the surface of the waters, 28 When he established the clouds above, When he founded the fountains of the deep, 29 When he set a decree for the sea That its waters should not pass beyond his order, When he established the foundations of the earth, 30 Then I was beside him as a master worker. I was the one he was especially fond of day by day; I rejoiced before him all the time; 31 I rejoiced over his habitable earth, And I was especially fond of the sons of men.
Paragraph 6
6. Following his death on earth and his resurrection, Jesus was granted what power and authority?
(Matthew 28:18) Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth.
(Revelation 19:16) On his outer garment, yes, on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
(1 Corinthians 15:24-26) Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. 25 For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. 26 And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.
(Hebrews 2:8) All things you subjected under his feet.” By subjecting all things to him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Now, though, we do not yet see all things in subjection to him.
(1 Corinthians 15:27) For God “subjected all things under his feet.” But when he says that ‘all things have been subjected,’ it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him.
Paragraph 7
7. Why can we be sure that Jesus will never misuse the power that Jehovah has placed in his hands?
(John 8:29) And the One who sent me is with me; he did not abandon me to myself, because I always do the things pleasing to him.”
(John 14:31) But for the world to know that I love the Father, I am doing just as the Father has commanded me to do. Get up, let us go from here.
(2 Chronicles 16:9) For the eyes of Jehovah are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him. You have acted foolishly in this matter; from now on there will be wars against you.”
(John 13:1) Now because he knew before the festival of the Passover that his hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father, Jesus, having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the end.

“Watchtower” Study

JUNE 23-29, 2014

Be of Good Courage—Jehovah Is Your Helper!

PAGE 22 • SONGS: 22, 95

Millions of people around the world choose to emigrate in search of work. Many leave behind a marriage mate and children. These articles will help us to understand how Jehovah wants us to view family obligations and how he helps us to fulfill them.

References and biblical texts


Ephesians 6:4;Deuteronomy 6:7;Ephesians 5:22-23;1 John 3:18;Proverbs 22:6;1 Timothy 5:4,8;1 Timothy 6:6-10;1 John 2:15-17;Mark 4:19;Luke 21:34-36;1 Timothy 6:19;Ecclesiastes 7:12;Luke 12:15;Proverbs 22:7;Isaiah 59:1;Proverbs 19:6-7;1 Peter 3:1-2;James 1:22;Hebrews 11:6;1 John 5:13-15;2 Timothy 1:7;Luke 14:33;2 Corinthians 1:24;Galatians 6:5;Galatians 6:2;1 Peter 3:8;Proverbs 3:27-28;1 John 3:17;Hebrews 13:5-6;Matthew 6:28-30,33;2 Chronicles 16:9;1 John 5:3;Matthew 6:33;
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(Ephesians 6:4) And fathers, do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.
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(Deuteronomy 6:7) and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
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(Ephesians 5:22-23) Let wives be in subjection to their husbands as to the Lord, 23because a husband is head of his wife just as the Christ is head of the congregation, he being a savior of this body.
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(1 John 3:18) Little children, we should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.
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(Proverbs 22:6) Train a boy in the way he should go; Even when he grows old he will not depart from it.
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(1 Timothy 5:4,8) But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let these learn first to practice godly devotion in their own household and to repay their parents and grandparents what is due them, for this is acceptable in God’s sight. 8Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.
(1 Timothy 6:6-10) To be sure, there is great gain in godly devotion along with contentment. 7For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. 8So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things. 9But those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge men into destruction and ruin. 10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.
(1 John 2:15-17) Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.
(Mark 4:19) but the anxieties of this system of things and the deceptive power of riches and the desires for everything else make inroads and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
(Luke 21:34-36) “But pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you 35as a snare. For it will come upon all those dwelling on the face of the whole earth. 36Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that must occur and in standing before the Son of man.”
(1 Timothy 6:19) safely treasuring up for themselves a fine foundation for the future, so that they may get a firm hold on the real life.
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(Ecclesiastes 7:12) For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
(Luke 12:15) Then he said to them: “Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of greed, because even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.”
(Proverbs 22:7) The rich one rules the poor, And the borrower is a slave to the lender.
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(Isaiah 59:1) Look! The hand of Jehovah is not too short to save, Nor is his ear too dull to hear.
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(Proverbs 19:6-7) Many seek the favor of a noble, And everyone is a friend to the man who gives gifts. 7All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more he is shunned by his friends! He pursues them with requests, but no one responds.
(1 Peter 3:1-2) In the same way, you wives, be in subjection to your husbands, so that if any are not obedient to the word, they may be won without a word through the conduct of their wives, 2because of having been eyewitnesses of your chaste conduct together with deep respect.
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(James 1:22) However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning.
(Hebrews 11:6) Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please God well, for whoever approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.
(1 John 5:13-15) I write you these things so that you may know that you have life everlasting, you who put your faith in the name of the Son of God. 14And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that no matter what we ask according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us concerning whatever we are asking, we know that we are to have the things we ask for, since we have asked them of him.
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(2 Timothy 1:7) For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but one of power and of love and of soundness of mind.
(Luke 14:33) In the same way, you may be sure that not one of you who does not say good-bye to all his belongings can be my disciple.
(2 Corinthians 1:24) Not that we are the masters over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for it is by your faith that you are standing.
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(Galatians 6:5) For each one will carry his own load.
(Galatians 6:2) Go on carrying the burdens of one another, and in this way you will fulfill the law of the Christ.
(1 Peter 3:8) Finally, all of you have unity of mind, fellow feeling, brotherly affection, tender compassion, and humility.
(Proverbs 3:27-28) Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it If it is within your power to help. 28Do not say to your neighbor, “Go away; come back later! I will give it to you tomorrow,” If you can give it now.
(1 John 3:17) But whoever has the material possessions of this world and sees his brother in need and yet refuses to show him compassion, in what way does the love of God remain in him?
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(Hebrews 13:5-6) Let your way of life be free of the love of money, while you are content with the present things. For he has said: “I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.” 6So that we may be of good courage and say: “Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
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(Matthew 6:28-30,33) Also, why are you anxious about clothing? Take a lesson from the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin; 29but I tell you that not even Sol′o•mon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. 30Now if this is how God clothes the vegetation of the field that is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much rather clothe you, you with little faith? 33“Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.
(2 Chronicles 16:9) For the eyes of Jehovah are roving about through all the earth to show his strength in behalf of those whose heart is complete toward him. You have acted foolishly in this matter; from now on there will be wars against you.”
(1 John 5:3) For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,
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(Matthew 6:33) “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.
References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD-ROM

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