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June 9 Bible reading: Leviticus 1-5
No. 1: Leviticus 4:16-31
No. 2: Those Whom the Bible Refers to as “Saints” (rs p. 352 ¶1–p. 353 ¶1)
No. 3: Absalom—Physical Beauty, Pride, and Deceit Led to Ugly Events (it-1 pp. 32-33 ¶1)
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Do You See “the One Who Is Invisible”?
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No. 1: Leviticus 4:16-31


No. 2: Those Whom the Bible Refers to as “Saints” (rs p. 352 ¶1–p. 353 ¶1)

rs p. 352 ¶1–p. 353 ¶1 Saints

The Bible definitely does refer to holy ones, or saints, that are in heaven. Jehovah is spoken of as “the Holy One [Greek, ha′gi•on].” (1 Pet. 1:15, 16; see Leviticus 11:45.) Jesus Christ is described as “the Holy One [ha′gi•os] of God” when on earth and as “holy [ha′gi•os]” in heaven. (Mark 1:24; Rev. 3:7, JB) The angels too are “holy.” (Acts 10:22, JB) The same basic term in the original Greek is applied to a considerable number of persons on earth.
Acts 9:32, 36-41, JB: “Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to the saints [ha•gi′ous] living down in Lydda. At Jaffa there was a woman disciple called Tabitha [who died] . . . [Peter] turned to the dead woman and said, ‘Tabitha, stand up’. She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter helped her to her feet, then he called in the saints and widows and showed them she was alive.” (Clearly, these saints were not yet in heaven, nor was just an outstanding individual such as Peter viewed as a saint.)
2 Cor. 1:1; 13:12, JB: “From Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from Timothy, one of the brothers, to the church of God at Corinth and to all the saints [ha•gi′ois] in the whole of Achaia.” “Greet one another with the holy kiss. All the saints send you greetings.” (All these early Christians who were cleansed by the blood of Christ and set apart for God’s service as prospective joint heirs with Christ were referred to as saints, or holy ones. Recognition of their being saints was obviously not deferred until after they had died.)

No. 3: Absalom—Physical Beauty, Pride, and Deceit Led to Ugly Events (it-1 pp. 32-33 ¶1)

it-1 pp. 32-33 ¶1 Absalom

(Ab′sa•lom) [Father [that is, God] Is Peace].
The third of six sons born to David at Hebron. His mother was Maacah the daughter of Talmai the king of Geshur. (2Sa 3:3-5) Absalom fathered three sons and one daughter. (2Sa 14:27) He is evidently called Abishalom at 1 Kings 15:2, 10.—See 2Ch 11:20, 21.
Physical beauty ran strong in Absalom’s family. He was nationally praised for his outstanding beauty; his luxuriant growth of hair, doubtless made heavier by the use of oil or ointments, weighed some 200 shekels (2.3 kg; 5 lb) when annually cut. His sister Tamar was also beautiful, and his daughter, named for her aunt, was “most beautiful in appearance.” (2Sa 14:25-27; 13:1) Rather than being of benefit, however, this beauty contributed to some ugly events that caused immense grief to Absalom’s father, David, as well as to others, and produced great turmoil for the nation.
Murder of Amnon. The beauty of Absalom’s sister Tamar caused his older half brother Amnon to become infatuated with her. Feigning illness, Amnon contrived to have Tamar sent to his quarters to cook for him, and then he forcibly violated her. Amnon’s erotic love turned to contemptuous hate and he had Tamar put out into the street. Ripping apart her striped gown that had distinguished her as a virgin daughter of the king, and with ashes on her head, Tamar was met by Absalom. He quickly sized up the situation and voiced immediate suspicion of Amnon, indicating a prior alertness to his half brother’s passionate desire. Absalom instructed his sister to raise no accusation, however, and took her into his home to reside.—2Sa 13:1-20.
According to John Kitto, Absalom’s taking charge of Tamar, rather than her father’s doing so, was in harmony with the Eastern custom, whereby, in a polygamous family, children of the same mother are the more closely knit together and the daughters “come under the special care and protection of their brother, who, . . . in all that affects their safety and honor, is more looked to than the father himself.” (Daily Bible Illustrations, Samuel, Saul, and David, 1857, p. 384) Much earlier, it was Levi and Simeon, two of Dinah’s full brothers, who took it upon themselves to avenge their sister’s dishonor.—Ge 34:25.
Hearing of his daughter’s humiliation, David reacted with great anger but, perhaps due to the fact that no direct or formal accusation was made with the support of evidence or witnesses, took no judicial action against the offender. (De 19:15) Absalom may have preferred not to have an issue made of Amnon’s violation of the Levitical law (Le 18:9; 20:17), to avoid unsavory publicity for his family and name, but he, nevertheless, nursed a murderous hatred for Amnon while outwardly controlling himself until the propitious moment for exacting vengeance in his own way. (Compare Pr 26:24-26; Le 19:17.) From this point forward his life is a study in perfidy, occupying the major part of six chapters of Second Samuel.—2Sa 13:21, 22.
Two years passed. Sheepshearing time came, a festive occasion, and Absalom arranged a feast at Baal-hazor about 22 km (14 mi) NNE of Jerusalem, inviting the king’s sons and David himself. When his father begged off from attending, Absalom pressed him to agree to send Amnon, his firstborn, in his stead. (Pr 10:18) At the feast, when Amnon was in “a merry mood with wine,” Absalom ordered his servants to slay him. The other sons headed back to Jerusalem, and Absalom went into exile with his Syrian grandfather in the kingdom of Geshur to the E of the Sea of Galilee. (2Sa 13:23-38) The “sword” foretold by the prophet Nathan had now entered David’s “house” and would continue there for the rest of his life.—2Sa 12:10.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Leviticus 1-5

*** w04 5/15 p. 21 par. 1-p. 22 par. 2 Highlights From the Book of Leviticus ***
A YEAR has not yet passed since the Israelites were liberated from Egyptian bondage. Now organized into a new nation, they are on their way to the land of Canaan. Jehovah’s purpose is to have a holy nation dwell there. However, the way of life and the religious practices of the Canaanites are very degraded. So the true God gives the congregation of Israel regulations that will set it apart for his service. These are recorded in the Bible book of Leviticus. Written by the prophet Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, apparently in 1512 B.C.E., the book covers no more than one lunar month. (Exodus 40:17; Numbers 1:1-3) Jehovah repeatedly urges his worshipers to be holy.—Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7, 26.
Witnesses of Jehovah today are not under the Law given by God through Moses. The death of Jesus Christ did away with that Law. (Romans 6:14; Ephesians 2:11-16) However, the regulations found in Leviticus can benefit us, teaching us much about the worship of our God, Jehovah.

HOLY OFFERINGS—VOLUNTARY AND COMPULSORY (Leviticus 1:1–7:38)

Some of the offerings and sacrifices of the Law were voluntary, whereas others were compulsory. The burnt offering, for example, was voluntary. It was presented to God in its entirety, even as Jesus Christ willingly and wholly gave his life as a ransom sacrifice. The voluntary communion sacrifice was shared. One part of it was presented to God on the altar, another portion was eaten by the priest, and still another by the offerer.
Comparably, for anointed Christians, the Memorial of Christ’s death is a communion meal.—1 Corinthians 10:16-22.
Sin offerings and guilt offerings were compulsory. The first atoned for sins committed by mistake, or unintentionally. The second satisfied God when a right was violated, or it restored certain rights for the repentant wrongdoer—or both. There were also grain offerings made in recognition of Jehovah’s bounty. All these matters are of interest to us because the sacrifices commanded under the Law covenant pointed to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice or to benefits flowing therefrom.—Hebrews 8:3-6; 9:9-14; 10:5-10.

Scriptural Questions Answered:

2:11, 12—Why was honey “as an offering made by fire” unacceptable to Jehovah? The honey meant here could not refer to that of bees. Though not allowed “as an offering made by fire,” it was included among “the firstfruits of . . . the produce of the field.” (2 Chronicles 31:5) This honey was evidently the juice, or syrup, of fruits. Since it could ferment, it was unacceptable as an offering upon the altar.
2:13—Why did salt have to be presented “with every offering”? This was not done to enhance the flavor of the sacrifices. Around the world, salt is used as a preservative. It was likely presented with offerings because it represents freedom from corruption and decay.
Lessons for Us:
3:17. Since the fat was regarded as the best or the richest part, the prohibition against eating it evidently impressed upon the Israelites that the best part belonged to Jehovah. (Genesis 45:18) This reminds us that we should give our very best to Jehovah.—Proverbs 3:9, 10; Colossians 3:23, 24.

*** w11 2/15 p. 15 par. 11 Gaining God’s Approval Leads to Everlasting Life ***
11 Under the Law covenant, God’s people offered acceptable sacrifices to gain his favor. “In case you should sacrifice a communion sacrifice to Jehovah,” says Leviticus 19:5, “you should sacrifice it to gain approval for yourselves.” In the same Bible book, we read: “In case you should sacrifice a thanksgiving sacrifice to Jehovah, you should sacrifice it to gain approval for you.” (Lev. 22:29) When the Israelites offered up proper animal sacrifices on Jehovah’s altar, the smoke that drifted up was like “a restful odor” to the true God. (Lev. 1:9, 13) He felt soothed and refreshed by those expressions of love from his people. (Gen. 8:21, ftn.) In these features of the Law, we find a principle that applies today. Those offering acceptable sacrifices to Jehovah receive his approval. What sacrifices does he accept? Consider two areas of life: our conduct and our speech.

*** w00 8/15 pp. 15-16 pars. 14-15 Sacrifices That Pleased God ***
14 The grain offering is described in Leviticus chapter 2. It was a voluntary offering consisting of fine flour, usually moistened with oil, with frankincense added. “The priest must grasp from it his handful of its fine flour and its oil along with all its frankincense; and he must make it smoke as a remembrancer of it upon the altar, as an offering made by fire of a restful odor to Jehovah.” (Leviticus 2:2) Frankincense was one of the ingredients of the holy incense burned on the incense altar in the tabernacle and temple. (Exodus 30:34-36) King David evidently had this in mind when he said: “May my prayer be prepared as incense before you, the raising up of my palms as the evening grain offering.”—Psalm 141:2.
15 Another voluntary offering was the communion sacrifice, described in Leviticus chapter 3. The name can also be translated “a sacrifice of peace offerings.” In Hebrew, the word “peace” denotes much more tan simply being free from war or disturbance. “In the Bible, it denotes this, and also the state or relation of peace with God, prosperity, joy, and happiness,” says the book Studies in the Mosaic Institutions. Thus, communion sacrifices were offered, not to secure peace with God, as if to appease him, but to express gratitude for or to celebrate the blessed condition of peace with God enjoyed by those who are approved by him. The priests and the offerer partook of the sacrifice after the blood and fat were offered to Jehovah. (Leviticus 3:17; 7:16-21; 19:5-8) In a beautiful and symbolic way, the offerer, the priests, and Jehovah God were sharing in a meal, signifying the peaceful relationship that existed among them.

*** w12 1/15 p. 19 pars. 11-12 Learn From ‘the Framework of Truth’ ***
11 Certain sacrifices stipulated by the Mosaic Law were considered communion offerings. These signified peace with Jehovah. The person making such an offering and his family would eat the meat of the sacrificed animal, perhaps in one of the temple’s dining rooms. The officiating priest received a portion of the meat, as did the other priests serving at the temple. (Lev. 3:1, ftn.; 7:31-33) The worshipper made his sacrifice purely out of the desire to enjoy a good relationship with God. It was as though the worshipper, his family, the priests, and Jehovah himself were joyfully partaking of a meal together, in peace.
12 What greater privilege could there be than, in a symbolic way, to invite Jehovah to such a meal and for him to accept? Naturally, the host would want to offer his very best to such an honored guest. The provision of communion sacrifices, part of the Law’s framework of truth, pointed to the fact that by means of Jesus’ greater sacrifice, all those of mankind who desire to attain an intimate, peaceful relationship with their Creator can do so. Today, we can enjoy Jehovah’s friendship and company as we voluntarily sacrifice our resources and energies in his service.

Lev 3:9 - *** it-1 p. 813 Fat ***
(Leviticus 3:9) 9 He will present the fat from the communion sacrifice as an offering made by fire to Jehovah. He will remove the entire fat tail near the backbone, the fat that covers the intestines, all the fat that surrounds the intestines,
The Law Regarding Fat. In the third chapter of Leviticus, Jehovah gave the Israelites instructions concerning the use of fat in communion sacrifices. When offering cattle or goats, they were to make the fat around the loins and intestines and that over the kidneys, as well as the fatty appendage upon the liver, smoke upon the altar. In the case of sheep, the entire fatty tail likewise was to be offered. (The sheep of Syria, Palestine, Arabia, and Egypt have fat tails, often weighing 5 kg [11 lbs] or more.) The Law specifically said, “All the fat belongs to Jehovah . . . You must not eat any fat or any blood at all.”—Le 3:3-17.
Fat would burn fiercely and would be quite thoroughly consumed upon the altar. Any fat offered on the altar was not to be left over until the next morning; it was likely to corrupt and become offensive, something very unseemly for any part of the sacred offerings.—Ex 23:18.

Lev 3:11 - *** it-1 p. 813 Fat ***
(Leviticus 3:11) 11 And the priest will make it smoke on the altar as food, an offering made by fire to Jehovah.
The fat was viewed as the richest part of the flesh of the animal. The offering of the fat of the animal would evidently be in recognition of the fact that the best parts belong to Jehovah, who provides abundantly, and it would demonstrate the desire of the worshiper to offer the best to God. Because it was symbolic of the Israelites’ devotion of their best to Jehovah, it was said to smoke upon the altar as “food” and for “a restful odor” to him. (Le 3:11, 16)

Lev 3:17 - *** w08 12/15 p. 32 Questions From Readers
At Nehemiah 8:10, the Jews were told to “eat the fatty things,” even though the Law at Leviticus 3:17 said: “You must not eat any fat.” How can these statements be harmonized?
In the original language, the words translated “the fatty things” at Nehemiah 8:10 and “fat” at Leviticus 3:17 are different. The Hebrew word che′lev, translated “fat” at Leviticus 3:17, refers to the fat either of animals or of men. (Lev. 3:3; Judg. 3:22) The context of verse 17 shows that the Israelites were not to eat the layers of fat found around the intestines and the kidneys of sacrificial animals nor the fat upon the loins because “all the fat belongs to Jehovah.” (Lev. 3:14-16) So the fat in the body of animals to be offered to Jehovah was not to be consumed.
On the other hand, the word translated “the fatty things” at Nehemiah 8:10 is mash•man•nim′, and this is the only occurrence of this word in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is derived from the verb sha•men′, which means “be fat, grow fat.” The basic concept of the group of words related to this verb seems to be prosperity and well-being. (Compare Isaiah 25:6.) One of the words most commonly derived from this verb is the noun she′men, which is often translated “oil,” including in the expression “olive oil.” (Deut. 8:8; Lev. 24:2) As used at Nehemiah 8:10, mash•man•nim′ seems to refer to food prepared with a large quantity of oil and may even have included meat with some traces of fat but not layers of pure animal fat.
Although the Israelites were forbidden to consume the layers of animal fat, they could eat rich, tasty food. Some things, such as cakes made from grain, were cooked, not in animal fat, but in vegetable oil, often olive oil. (Lev. 2:7) Thus, Insight on the Scriptures explains that “the fatty things” here “refers to rich portions, things not skinny or dry, but luscious, including tasty items prepared with vegetable oils.”
Christians, of course, bear in mind that the prohibition against eating fat was part of the Law. They are not under the Law, including its requirements related to animal sacrifices.—Rom. 3:20; 7:4, 6; 10:4; Col. 2:16, 17.

Lev 4:22 - *** it-1 p. 433 Chieftain ***
(Leviticus 4:22) 22 “‘When a chieftain unintentionally sins by doing one of all the things that Jehovah his God commands should not be done and has become guilty,
Although chieftains were to be respected, they were not above obedience to the law of God. When they sinned against the Law, they were required to meet its regulations regarding such sins. Because of their responsible position and the effect their conduct, example, and influence would have on others, a distinction was made in the individual sin offerings made by them for unintentionally violating a command of God. The high priest was required to offer a young bull, a chieftain was to offer a male goat, and anyone of the rest of the people, either a female goat or a female lamb.—Le 4:3, 22, 23, 27, 28, 32.

*** w12 1/15 p. 18 pars. 9-10 Learn From ‘the Framework of Truth’ ***
9 What can be said, though, of a situation in which the Mosaic Law required a sin offering or a guilt offering from an individual because of some shortcoming on his part? Do you think that the obligatory nature of the sacrifice would have made a difference to a person’s willingness and attitude in offering it? Might such sacrifices have been offered begrudgingly? (Lev. 4:27, 28) They would not have been if the person involved was sincere in wanting to maintain a good relationship with Jehovah.
10 Similarly today, you may realize that thoughtlessly, unwittingly, or carelessly, you may have offended a brother. Your conscience may tell you that you have fallen short in your conduct. Anyone who is serious about serving Jehovah would do all in his power to rectify the shortcoming, would he not? That could mean apologizing sincerely to the person offended or, in the case of serious wrongdoing, seeking the spiritual assistance of loving Christian overseers. (Matt. 5:23, 24; Jas. 5:14, 15) So it costs us something to rectify a sin committed against a fellow man or against God himself. Even so, when we make such “sacrifices,” we restore our relationship with Jehovah and our brother and we gain a clean conscience. This, in turn, reassures us that Jehovah’s way is the best way.

Lev 5:1 - *** w97 8/15 p. 27 Why Report What Is Bad? ***
Handling the Matter
First of all, it is important that there is valid reason to believe that serious wrongdoing has really occurred. “Do not become a witness against your fellowman without grounds,” stated the wise man. “Then you would have to be foolish with your lips.”—Proverbs 24:28.
You may decide to go directly to the elders. It is not wrong to do so. Usually, however, the most loving course is to approach the person involved. Perhaps the facts are not as they appear to be. Or perhaps the situation is already being handled by the elders. Calmly discuss the matter with the person. If there remains reason to believe that a serious wrong has been committed, encourage him or her to approach the elders for help, and explain the wisdom of doing so. Do not talk to others about the matter, for that would be gossip.
If the person does not report to the elders within a reasonable period of time, then you should. One or two elders will then discuss the matter with the accused. The elders need to “search and investigate and inquire thoroughly” to see if wrong has been done. If it has, they will handle the case according to Scriptural guidelines.—Deuteronomy 13:12-14.

*** w12 2/15 p. 22 par. 15 Preserve the Positive Spirit of the Congregation ***
15 As was previously mentioned, it is important to maintain confidentiality in certain matters, especially when others share with us their feelings and thoughts. How wrong and hurtful it is to spread confidential information about someone! Even so, when serious sin has been committed, those Scripturally obligated to handle the matter—the elders in the congregation—should be informed. (Read Leviticus 5:1.) So if we know that a brother or a sister has fallen into such wrongdoing, we should encourage that one to approach the elders and seek their help. (Jas. 5:13-15) If he or she does not do so within a reasonable period of time, though, we should report the wrongdoing.

*** lv chap. 14 pp. 164-165 Be Honest in All Things *** [Box on page 164, 165]
SATANIC LIES REGARDING SERIOUS SINS
“You protect a friend by helping him to conceal his sins.” The truth is, we would do a sinner great harm by helping to conceal his sins. Serious sins are signs of real spiritual illness; concealing them is like hiding serious symptoms from a qualified doctor. (James 5:14, 15) The sinner may fear the possibility of discipline; but discipline is an expression of Jehovah’s love, and it may well save the sinner’s life. (Proverbs 3:12; 4:13) Furthermore, the persistent sinner likely presents a real danger to others in the congregation. Would you want to assist in the spread of his wrong attitudes that led him into sin? (Leviticus 5:1; 1 Timothy 5:22) By all means, then, make sure that the erring one brings the matter to the attention of the congregation elders.

w09 6/1 p. 26 He Is Considerate of Our Limitations
Leviticus 5:2-11
He Is Considerate of Our Limitations
“I TRIED really hard, but I never felt that it was enough.” So said one woman about her efforts to please God. Does Jehovah God accept the best efforts of his worshippers? Does he take into account their abilities and circumstances? To answer these questions, it is helpful to consider what is said in the Mosaic Law about certain offerings, as found at Leviticus 5:2-11.
Under the Law, God required various sacrifices, or offerings, to atone for sins. In the cases mentioned in this passage, the individual had sinned unintentionally or thoughtlessly. (Verses 2-4) When the matter came to his attention, he was to confess his sin and present a guilt offering—“a female lamb or a female kid of the goats.” (Verses 5, 6) But what if he was poor and did not have a lamb or a goat to offer? Did the Law demand that he borrow such an animal, thus falling into debt? Did he have to work until he could afford one, thereby delaying atonement for his sins?
Reflecting Jehovah’s tender consideration, the Law said: “If, though, he cannot afford enough for a sheep, then he must bring as his guilt offering for the sin that he has committed two turtledoves or two young pigeons to Jehovah.” (Verse 7) The phrase “if . . . he cannot afford” may also be rendered “if . . . his hand cannot reach.” If an Israelite was too poor to afford a sheep, then God was pleased to accept something that was within the offerer’s reach—two turtledoves or two pigeons.
What if the individual did not have the means even for the two birds? “Then he must bring as his offering for the sin he has committed the tenth of an ephah [eight or nine cups] of fine flour for a sin offering,” the Law stated. (Verse 11) For the very poor, Jehovah chose to make an exception and allow a sin offering without blood. In Israel, poverty denied no one the blessing of atonement or the privilege of making peace with God.
What do we learn about Jehovah from the law regarding guilt offerings? He is a compassionate, understanding God who takes into account the limitations of his worshippers. (Psalm 103:14) He wants us to draw close to him and cultivate a good relationship with him even if we have challenging circumstances, such as advancing age, poor health, family or other obligations. We can find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God is pleased when we do all that is within our reach.

*** w13 6/15 pp. 15-16 pars. 15-16 Appreciate Jehovah’s Generosity and Reasonableness ***
15 Consider another example of Jehovah’s reasonableness as manifested in the Mosaic Law. If an Israelite was too poor to offer a lamb or a goat as a sacrifice, he could offer instead two turtledoves or two pigeons. But what if an Israelite was so poor that he could not even afford two pigeons? In that case, Jehovah allowed the needy Israelite to offer a little flour. However, note this important detail: It had to be, not just any flour, but “fine flour,” the kind used for honored guests. (Gen. 18:6) Why is that significant?—Read Leviticus 5:7, 11.
16 Well, imagine that you are an Israelite and quite poor. As you arrive at the tabernacle with a little flour to offer as a sacrifice, you notice wealthier Israelites bringing livestock. You might feel embarrassed about your seemingly insignificant sacrifice of flour. Then you remember that in Jehovah’s eyes, your offering is significant. Why? For one thing, Jehovah required that the flour be of high quality. In effect, Jehovah was saying to poorer Israelites: ‘I realize that you cannot offer as much as others can, but I also know that what you are giving me is your best.’ Truly, Jehovah displays reasonableness by taking into account his servants’ limitations and their circumstances.—Ps. 103:14.

Lev 5:15 - *** it-1 p. 1130 Holiness ***
(Leviticus 5:15) 15 “If someone behaves unfaithfully by unintentionally sinning against the holy things of Jehovah, he is to bring to Jehovah a sound ram from the flock as a guilt offering; its value in silver shekels is set according to the standard shekel of the holy place.
All things holy to Jehovah were sacred and could not be considered lightly or used in a common, or profane, way. An example is the law regarding the tithe. If a man set aside the portion to be tithed, say, of his wheat crop, and then he or one of his household unintentionally took some of it for home use, such as cooking, the man was guilty of violating God’s law respecting holy things. The Law required that he make compensation to the sanctuary of an equal amount plus 20 percent, besides offering up a sound ram of the flock as a sacrifice. Thus, great respect was engendered for the holy things belonging to Jehovah.—Le 5:14-16.

Service Meeting

Song 2
15 min: Have You Tried It? Discussion. By means of a talk, briefly review information from these recent articles in Our Kingdom Ministry: “New Initiatives for Public Witnessing” (km 7/13), “Helping Those Who Are Not Yet Ready for the Bible Teach Book” (km 12/13), and “Magazine Routes—Useful for Starting Bible Studies” (km 1/14). Invite audience to comment on how they have benefited from applying the suggestions in these articles.
15 min: “August to Be a Historic Month of Activity!” Questions and answers by the service overseer. Distribute a copy of the new tract entitled Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? and discuss its contents. Outline local arrangements for covering the territory.
Song 107 and Prayer

15 min: Have You Tried It?

Discussion. By means of a talk, briefly review information from these recent articles in Our Kingdom Ministry: “New Initiatives for Public Witnessing” (km 7/13), “Helping Those Who Are Not Yet Ready for the Bible Teach Book” (km 12/13), and “Magazine Routes—Useful for Starting Bible Studies” (km 1/14). Invite audience to comment on how they have benefited from applying the suggestions in these articles.

^ ***km 7/13 pp. 4-6 New Initiatives for Public Witnessing***

New Initiatives for Public Witnessing

1 First-century Christians did more than preach from house to house. They also preached publicly. (Acts 20:20) For example, they went to the temple, where they knew many people could be found. (Acts 5:42) When in Athens, the apostle Paul preached every day to those on hand in the marketplace. (Acts 17:17) Today, our primary way of spreading the good news continues to be the house-to-house ministry. However, we also go to parking lots, businesses, parks, busy thoroughfares, and other places in order to preach to people wherever they can be found. While every publisher is encouraged to engage in public witnessing where possible, many will have the opportunity to participate in two exciting new initiatives for public witnessing.
2 Special Metropolitan Public Witnessing: As reported in the 2013 Yearbook on pages 16 and 17, a trial initiative for public witnessing began in New York City in November 2011. Tables and carts with attractive displays and literature in several languages were strategically placed in areas of the city with high pedestrian traffic. Each day thousands of people walked by, including many who live in secured apartment buildings and persons who are often away from home. The response was overwhelming. In just one recent month, 3,797 magazines and 7,986 books were placed. Many passersby requested a Bible study. Since the emphasis was on starting Bible studies, any addresses left by interested ones were immediately forwarded to the appropriate congregation to follow up on the interest.
3 In view of the initiative’s success, it is now being expanded worldwide to other densely populated metropolitan areas. The local branch office will identify which cities would benefit. Usually, these are cities with transportation hubs or a large concentration of office or apartment buildings that results in high pedestrian traffic. Thereafter, the branch office will initiate correspondence to the congregations that will participate and provide additional instructions. Regular and special pioneers are generally used, although in some places auxiliary pioneers also have a share in the work.
4 How the Witnessing Is Done: Those involved in special metropolitan public witnessing usually wait for someone to come to the table or mobile display. When someone approaches, he is invited to take any literature that interests him. The pioneers gladly answer from the Scriptures any questions he may have. If he takes literature, the pioneers do not mention the donation arrangement. But if he inquires about how our work is funded, they may explain that donations can be sent to the address listed in the literature. When possible, they ask: “Would you like someone to visit your home?” or “Are you aware that a free Bible study comes with that publication?”
5 Sharing in this initiative has been very rewarding. One couple wrote: “Standing at the table and seeing thousands of people go by each day has impressed upon our hearts the vast work that is being done to reach people all around the world. Seeing these masses of people and thinking about how Jehovah truly cares for each person has strengthened our resolve to continue putting the preaching work at the center of our lives. We imagine Jehovah scanning the hearts of all those who pass by the table, searching for those who are worthy. We have rarely felt so close to our angelic coworkers.”
6 Public Witnessing That Is Organized Locally: In addition to special metropolitan public witnessing, another new initiative is being organized by many bodies of elders in their local territory. With this initiative, publishers use a table or a mobile display at a busy location within the congregation’s territory boundary. This is different from special metropolitan public witnessing, which uses participants from many congregations to preach in the same high-traffic areas in cities chosen by the branch office.—See the box “Good Cooperation Needed.”
7 The elders will consider whether the congregation’s territory has areas of high pedestrian traffic and determine if it would be practical to organize public witnessing. Possible locations for a table or mobile display include transportation hubs, public squares, parks, busy streets, shopping malls, college campuses, airports, and locations of annual events. There is an advantage in having a table set up in the same location, on the same days, and at the same times. It has been found that tables set up at shopping malls are more effective than those outside a single large store where individuals are usually focused on their reason for visiting that specific store. Some locations, such as busy sidewalks, may be more conducive to a smaller mobile literature display. Elders can download from our Web site special files for making displays of the Watchtower and Awake!magazines and the Bible Teach book. These files have been prepared specifically for use in this form of public witnessing. Those who participate will carry out the work in much the same way as those engaged in special metropolitan public witnessing and should follow the direction of the service overseer closely. If they obtain an address from an interested person who does not live in their territory, they should promptly fill out a Please Follow Up (S-43) form and give it to the secretary.
8 Public Witnessing in Your Personal Ministry:Some congregations may not have a location in their territory that has sufficient pedestrian traffic to justify setting up a table or making use of a mobile literature display. However, even in those congregations, publishers are encouraged to consider including public witnessing in their personal ministry. Is there a shopping area, a strip mall, or a busy store in your territory? Is there a park or a place where people gather? Are there public events that are periodically held in the territory? If so, you may still be able to enjoy public witnessing.
9 It is Jehovah’s will that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) Therefore, we are trying to reach as many people as possible with the Kingdom message before the end comes. (Matt. 24:14) In many places it is a challenge to find people at home. Yet, we may be able to speak to them when they are away from home in a public setting. Public witnessing may be the only way that some people will get an opportunity to hear the good news. Therefore, may we fully accomplish our ministry by preaching to people wherever they may be found.—2 Tim. 4:5.

[Box on page 5]

Good Cooperation Needed

It has been reported that publishers from neighboring congregations sometimes engage in public witnessing on the same street, in the same parking lot, and in front of the same businesses or transportation hubs. Publishers from different congregations have left magazines in the same lobby, waiting room, or laundromat and have preached to the same businesses. This has caused businesspeople and neighborhood residents to feel overwhelmed on occasion, even when publishers are not preaching at the same time. Therefore, it is generally best to stay within the congregation’s assigned territory when witnessing publicly.
If publishers wish to witness publicly in a neighboring congregation’s territory, they should talk to their service overseer. He can then contact the service overseer of the other congregation to obtain permission before those in his congregation proceed. Where different-language congregations are assigned to preach in the same area, the service overseers should communicate with each other so as to avoid irritating people in the neighborhood unnecessarily. By means of good cooperation, all things can take place “decently and by arrangement.”—1 Cor. 14:40.

^ ***km 12/13 pp. 3-6 Helping Those Who Are Not Yet Ready for the Bible Teach Book***

Helping Those Who Are Not Yet Ready for theBible Teach Book

1 In order for someone to become a worshipper of Jehovah, he must learn what the Bible teaches. However, some belong to a non-Christian religion and do not consider the Bible to be God’s Word. Others do not believe in God at all and lack respect for the Bible. Which tools have proved to be helpful for those who are not initially inclined to accept the Bible Teachbook? The suggestions below are based on the comments of publishers from some 20 different countries.
2 Those Who Do Not Believe in God: If someone says that he does not believe in God, it is beneficial to find out why. Is it because he believes in evolution? Has he lost faith in God because of the injustice in the world or the hypocrisy in religion? Is he from a land that suppressed belief in God? Perhaps he does not adamantly deny God’s existence, but he has never felt the need to believe in Him. Many publishers find that asking, “Have you always felt that way?” prompts the person to explain. Listen and do not interrupt. When we understand why the person does not believe in God, we will know how to reply and which publication to offer.—Prov. 18:13.
3 When replying, take care to avoid making the person feel that you are attacking his viewpoint. This suggestion came from the United States: “It is very important to respect the personal freedom of individuals to decide what they believe. Rather than seeking to win arguments, it is best to pose questions that make people think and reach their own conclusions.” After hearing the householder express himself, one traveling overseer often prefaces his reply by asking, “Have you ever considered this as a possibility?”
4 The concept of God is foreign to many who are Buddhist. Some publishers in Britain like to use the brochure Lasting Peace and Happiness—How to Find Them when witnessing to such ones. After considering the introduction, they discuss the section “Is There Really a Most High Creator?” and then the section “A Guidebook for the Blessing of All Mankind.” Afterward, they may be able to introduce the Bible Teach book and tell the householder, “Even if you do not believe in God, studying the Bible is beneficial because it contains much practical guidance.” A pioneer in the United States who is serving in the Chinese field said: “Many in our territory enjoy reading. So they often read the entire publication before we return. But they may not understand the concept of a Bible study. So I like to offer the Good News brochure on the initial call because it is written in a way that encourages discussion.” A circuit overseer serving in a Chinese-language circuit in the United States reports that it is possible to introduce the Bible Teach book on the initial call. However, it may be better to start the study in chapter 2, which gives an introduction to the Bible, rather than in chapter 1, which discusses God.
5 It takes time for someone to build faith in God, so patience is vital. Our initial conversations may not move a person to agree that a Creator exists. But perhaps in time he will acknowledge that it might be possible, or he may say that he understands why someone could come to that conclusion.
6 Those Who Lack Interest or Confidence in the Bible: Often, however, a person who acknowledges that God may exist is not interested in what the Bible teaches because he does not believe that it is God’s Word. Perhaps he lives in a non-Christian land and associates the Bible with Christendom. Or he may live in a so-called Christian land that is very secular, and he may not think that the Bible will be useful to him. How can we help such ones to develop interest in the Bible and eventually accept a study in the Bible Teach book?
7 The branch office in Greece wrote: “The best way to help people who lack interest in the Bible is simply to open the Bible and show them what it contains. Many publishers have noticed that the influence of the Bible’s message on a person’s heart is more powerful than anything they personally might say. (Heb. 4:12) Seeing God’s name in the Bible has helped many to develop a desire to peer into the Bible.” The branch office in India wrote: “The truth about life and death really attracts many Hindus—so does the Bible’s promise of a world without caste discrimination.” Alluding to problems of local concern often gives publishers an opportunity to show what the Bible says God’s Kingdom will do to rectify matters.
8 If someone has a negative view of the Bible because of Christendom, let him know that Christendom has misrepresented the Bible and its teachings. The branch office in India wrote: “At times, we need to help individuals see that churches are not the custodians of the Bible.” They reported that Hindus are often impressed by section 4 of the brochure What Is the Purpose of Life? How Can You Find It?, which explains how the churches have tried to adulterate and destroy God’s Word. A pioneer in Brazil tells people: “Why not find out more about the Bible’s contents? Many people are doing this with an open mind, with no obligation to any religious affiliation. You may be surprised by what you learn.”
9 Jehovah looks at each person’s heart. (1 Sam. 16:7; Prov. 21:2) He is drawing those with the right heart condition to true worship. (John 6:44) Many such ones were never taught about God or had little exposure to the Bible. Our ministry gives them a chance to “be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) Therefore, if some are not initially interested in what the Bible teaches, do not give up! Use one of the tools available in your language to stimulate their interest. Eventually, you may be able to transfer the discussion to our primary tool for conducting Bible studies, the book What Does the Bible Really Teach?

[Box on page 4]

If the householder says he does not believe in God, try this:

• Ask, “Have you always felt that way?” to find out why.
• If he is a Buddhist, use the brochure Lasting Peace and Happiness—How to Find Them, pages 9-12.
• If he believes in evolution, these references may be helpful:
The Awake! series “Was It Designed?”
The video The Wonders of Creation Reveal God’s Glory
The brochures A Satisfying Life—How to Attain It,section 4; Was Life Created?; and The Origin of Life—Five Questions Worth Asking
• If he has lost faith in God because of injustice and suffering, these references may be helpful:
The book Is There a Creator Who Cares About You?,chapter 10
The brochures Does God Really Care About Us?,part 6, and What Is the Purpose of Life?, section 6
• Switch to the Bible Teach book as soon as the householder is open to the idea that God may exist. It may be good to begin with chapter 2 or another subject appropriate for him.

[Box on page 5]

Try this if the householder does not believe in the Bible:

• Consider chapters 17 and 18 of the book Life—How Did It Get Here? By Evolution or by Creation?
• For Hindus, use the brochure Why Should We Worship God in Love and Truth?
• For Jews, use the brochure Will There Ever Be a World Without War?, pages 3-11.
• Discuss the benefits of following Bible principles. Publications that you can use to show someone the practical value of the Bible are:
The Awake! series “Help for the Family”
The video The Bible—Its Power in Your Life
The brochures Good News From God!, lessons 9 and 11; A Book for All People, pages 22-26; and A Satisfying Life—How to Attain It, section 2
For Buddhists, use the brochure The Pathway to Peace and Happiness, pages 3-7.
For Muslims, use the brochure Real Faith—Your Key to a Happy Life, section 3.
If you are preaching in an area where there is prejudice against the Bible, it may be best not to identify the source of the wise sayings you are sharing until you have made several visits.
• Explain how Bible prophecies have come true. Publications you can use are:
The video The Bible—Accurate History, Reliable Prophecy
The brochure A Book for All People, pages 27-29
• Switch to the Bible Teach book as soon as the person asks what the Bible teaches on various topics.

[Box on page 6]

If the householder says: “I don’t believe in God,” you might say:

• “May I briefly explain what has convinced me to believe in a Creator?” Then share points from theReasoning book, pages 84-86, or make arrangements to bring the person a publication that you enjoyed reading.
• “But if there were a God, how would you like him to be?” Most householders reply that they would be drawn to a God of love, justice, and mercy, one who is impartial. Show him from the Bible that God has such qualities. (It may even be possible to use chapter 1 of the Bible Teach book, starting with paragraph 6.)
If the householder says: “I don’t believe in the Bible,” you might say:
• “There are many who feel that way. Some are of the impression that the Bible is not scientific or that Bible standards are impractical. Tell me, have you ever read the Bible before? [Allow for response. Then show the introduction on page 3 of the brochure A Book for All People, and offer the brochure.] Many have discredited the Bible because religion has misrepresented its teachings. Next time, I would like to discuss an example from pages 4 and 5.”
• “Many people share your view. May I show you something that impresses me about the Bible? [Read Job 26:7 or Isaiah 40:22, which show that the Bible is scientifically accurate.] The Bible also contains wise sayings to help families. Next time, I would like to show you an example.”
• “Thank you for telling me that. If God did write a book for mankind, what do you think it would contain?” Then show the person something from the Bible that agrees with his comment.

^ ***km 1/14 p. 3 Magazine Routes—Useful for Starting Bible Studies***

Magazine Routes—Useful for Starting Bible Studies

1 Many people are not inclined to study the Bible with us, but they enjoy reading our magazines. Therefore, Jehovah’s organization has long encouraged publishers to develop a magazine route. As people regularly read our magazines, they often form a longing for God’s Word. (1 Pet. 2:2) Eventually, something they read could strike a responsive chord, causing them to accept a Bible study.
2 ‘Water’ Seeds of Truth: Rather than simply dropping the magazines off, engage the householder in conversation and try to build a rapport with him. This will help you to learn his circumstances, interests, and beliefs, which will enable you to speak with insight. (Prov. 16:23) Prepare for each visit. If possible, briefly highlight a point and related scripture from the magazines, watering any seeds of truth in his heart. (1 Cor. 3:6) Make a record of the date of each visit, the literature that was left, and the subjects and scriptures that were discussed.
3 Return How Often? You should return once a month to bring the latest magazines to those on your route. However, depending on your circumstances and the interest of the individual, you may choose to visit more often. For example, a week or two after leaving the magazines, you could return and say, “I stopped by briefly to point out something from the magazines I left you.” This will whet the person’s appetite to read a particular article. If he has already read it, you could ask him what he thought about the article and discuss it briefly. Or if the individual enjoys reading our literature, you might return and offer him the tract, brochure, or book that we are featuring that month.
4 Do not wait for the householder to ask you for a study. Take the initiative. Even if he has refused a Bible study in the past, from time to time you can feature “Bible Questions Answered” from The Watchtower and see if he is willing to discuss it with you. Perhaps you can start a doorstep study. However, if you are unable to start a study, you can continue bringing him the magazines to cultivate his interest.

15 min: “August to Be a Historic Month of Activity!”

Questions and answers by the service overseer. Distribute a copy of the new tract entitled Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? and discuss its contents. Outline local arrangements for covering the territory.

AUGUST TO BE A HISTORIC MONTH OF ACTIVITY!

A New Tract Will Be Distributed Earth Wide

1. What special campaign will be held earth wide as we approach the 100th anniversary of the Kingdom?
1 The 100th anniversary of the birth of God’s Kingdom is approaching. How appropriate it is that we honor Jehovah by means of a special campaign! During August we will engage in an earth-wide distribution of a new tract entitled Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? This tract encourages readers to look to the Bible for the answers and explains how jw.org can help them.
2. How can we contribute to the “loud shout of praise to Jehovah” that will go up during August?
2 Loud Shout of Praise: To help publishers expand their ministry, a special provision has been made for any who wish to auxiliary pioneer in the month of August. During that month, baptized publishers will be allowed to auxiliary pioneer with a 30-hour requirement. Since August has five Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, many publishers who work secularly or go to school during the week will be able to auxiliary pioneer. If you have a progressive Bible student or a child who would like to become a publisher, speak to the coordinator of the body of elders right away. How encouraging it would be for such ones to join us as publishers during this momentous month! Although many regular pioneers take vacation during August after fulfilling their yearly hour requirement, it may be possible for them to adjust their schedule in order to have a full share in this special campaign. Now is the time for families to discuss how they will contribute to the “loud shout of praise to Jehovah” that will go up during August.—Ezra 3:11; Prov. 15:22.
3. What is the hope regarding this special campaign?
3 Although we have engaged in similar campaigns in the past, we hope that this one will be historic. Can we reach new peaks in hours, publishers, and auxiliary pioneers during August? As we end the 2014 service year, may Jehovah bless the efforts of his people earth wide to make the month of August the greatest witnessing month ever!—Matt. 24:14.

^ par. 2 (Ezra 3:11) And they began to sing in response by praising and giving thanks to Jehovah, “for he is good; his loyal love toward Israel endures forever.” Then all the people shouted with a loud shout of praise to Jehovah because the foundation of the house of Jehovah had been laid.
^ par. 2 (Prov. 15:22) Plans fail when there is no consultation, But there is accomplishment through many advisers.
^ par. 3 (Matt. 24:14) And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Congregation Bible Study

Draw Close to Jehovah


Chapter 8. Restorative Power—Jehovah Is “Making All Things New”


References and biblical texts


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Matthew 13:24-30 presented another illustration to them, saying: “The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25 While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26 When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27 So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29 He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse.’”
Acts 20:29, 30 know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, 30 and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.
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John 4:24 is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 were taught to put away the old personality that conforms to your former course of conduct and that is being corrupted according to its deceptive desires. 23 And you should continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude, 24 and should put on the new personality that was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.
Galatians 5:22, 23 the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
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Matthew 5:3 are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.
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Isaiah 25:8 will swallow up death forever,And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,For Jehovah himself has spoken it.
Isaiah 35:1-7 The wilderness and the parched land will exult,And the desert plain will be joyful and blossom as the saffron. 2 Without fail it will blossom;It will rejoice and shout for joy. The glory of Leb′a•non will be given to it,The splendor of Car′mel and of Shar′on. They will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God. 3 Strengthen the weak hands,And make firm the knees that are shaking. 4 Say to those who are anxious at heart: “Be strong. Do not be afraid. Look! Your own God will come with vengeance,God will come with retribution. He will come and save you.” 5 At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened,And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer,And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness,And streams in the desert plain. 7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool,And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested,There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.
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Genesis 1:28 God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
Isaiah 55:10, 11 just as the rain and the snow pour down from heavenAnd do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout,Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11 So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results,But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight,And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.
Luke 23:43 he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.”
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Revelation 21:5 the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
2 Peter 3:13 there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.
Revelation 20:3 he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not mislead the nations anymore until the 1,000 years were ended. After this he must be released for a little while.
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Isaiah 9:6, 7 a child has been born to us,A son has been given to us;And the rulership will rest on his shoulder. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 To the increase of his rulershipAnd to peace, there will be no end,On the throne of David and on his kingdomIn order to establish it firmly and to sustain itThrough justice and righteousness,From now on and forever. The zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.
Isaiah 11:1-9 A twig will grow out of the stump of Jes′se,And a sprout from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the spirit of Jehovah will settle upon him,The spirit of wisdom and of understanding,The spirit of counsel and of mightiness,The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. 3 And he will find delight in the fear of Jehovah. He will not judge by what appears to his eyes,Nor reprove simply according to what his ears hear. 4 He will judge the lowly with fairness,And with uprightness he will give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouthAnd put the wicked to death with the breath of his lips. 5 Righteousness will be the belt around his waist,And faithfulness the belt of his hips. 6 The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb,And with the young goat the leopard will lie down,And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together;And a little boy will lead them. 7 The cow and the bear will feed together,And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull. 8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra,And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake. 9 They will not cause any harmOr any ruin in all my holy mountain,Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of JehovahAs the waters cover the sea.
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Matthew 15:30 large crowds approached him, bringing along people who were lame, maimed, blind, speechless, and many others, and they laid them at his feet, and he cured them.
Job 33:25 his flesh become fresher than in youth;Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor.’

“Watchtower” Study

“He continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible.”—HEB. 11:27.

HOW WILL “SEEING THE ONE WHO IS INVISIBLE” . . .

protect you from fear of man?
motivate you to have a full share in the field ministry?
help you to remain steadfast during the great tribulation?

References and biblical texts


Exodus 3:10;Exodus 10:28;Exodus 11:4-8;Exodus 12:5-7;Hebrews 11:27-28;Matthew 5:8;Exodus 3:11;Job 28:28;Exodus 4:11;Genesis 12:17-19;Genesis 41:14,39-41;Exodus 1:22;Exodus 2:1-10;Proverbs 29:25;Isaiah 51:12-13;Exodus 3:7-10;Matthew 10:18-20;Exodus 12:3-7;Hebrews 11:28;Exodus 18:1-6;Psalms 78:49-51;Exodus 12:21;Revelation 14:7;Revelation 18:4;John 10:16;2 Corinthians 5:20;Revelation 7:1;Ezekiel 3:17-19;Luke 10:25-37;Exodus 14:10-12;Exodus 14:4;Exodus 14:13-14;Hebrews 11:29;Exodus 14:31;Revelation 17:16;Ezekiel 38:10-12,14-16;Ezekiel 38:18-23;Joel 2:31-32;Deuteronomy 34:10;Proverbs 3:6;
9-15/6/2014 (w 15/4/2014)
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(Exodus 3:10) Now come, I will send you to Phar′aoh, and you will bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
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(Exodus 10:28) Phar′aoh said to him: “Get out of my sight! Make sure that you do not try to see my face again, for on the day you see my face, you will die.”
(Exodus 11:4-8) Moses then said: “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5and every firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Phar′aoh who is sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave girl who is working at the hand mill, and every firstborn of the livestock. 6Throughout all the land of Egypt, there will be a great outcry such as has never occurred nor will ever occur again. 7But not even a dog will bark at the Israelites, at the men or their livestock, so that you may know that Jehovah can make a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites.’ 8And all your servants will certainly come down to me and prostrate themselves to me, saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” With that he went out from Phar′aoh in the heat of anger.
(Exodus 12:5-7) Your sheep should be a sound, one-year-old male. You may choose from the young rams or from the goats. 6You must care for it until the 14th day of this month, and the whole congregation of the assembly of Israel must slaughter it at twilight. 7They must take some of the blood and splash it on the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway of the houses in which they eat it.
(Hebrews 11:27-28) By faith he left Egypt, but not fearing the anger of the king, for he continued steadfast as seeing the One who is invisible. 28By faith he observed the Passover and the splashing of the blood, so that the destroyer might not harm their firstborn.
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(Matthew 5:8) “Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God.
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(Exodus 3:11) However, Moses said to the true God: “Who am I that I should go to Phar′aoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
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(Job 28:28) And he said to man: ‘Look! The fear of Jehovah—that is wisdom, And to turn away from bad is understanding.’”
(Exodus 4:11) Jehovah said to him: “Who made a mouth for man, or who makes them speechless, deaf, clear-sighted, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?
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(Genesis 12:17-19) Then Jehovah struck Phar′aoh and his household with severe plagues because of Sar′ai, A′bram’s wife. 18So Phar′aoh called A′bram and said: “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I was about to take her as my wife? Here is your wife. Take her and go!”
(Genesis 41:14,39-41) So Phar′aoh sent for Joseph, and they brought him quickly from the prison. He shaved and changed his clothes and went in to Phar′aoh. 39Phar′aoh then said to Joseph: “Since God has caused you to know all of this, there is no one as discreet and wise as you. 40You will personally be over my house, and all my people will obey you implicitly. Only in my role as king will I be greater than you.” 41And Phar′aoh added to Joseph: “See, I am putting you over all the land of Egypt.”
(Exodus 1:22) Finally Phar′aoh commanded all his people: “You are to throw every newborn son of the Hebrews into the Nile River, but you are to keep every daughter alive.”
(Exodus 2:1-10) About that time, a certain man of the house of Le′vi married a daughter of Le′vi. 2And the woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw how beautiful he was, she kept him concealed for three months. 3When she was no longer able to conceal him, she took a papyrus basket and coated it with bitumen and pitch and put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile River. 4But his sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5When Phar′aoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the Nile, her female attendants were walking by the side of the Nile. And she caught sight of the basket in the middle of the reeds. She immediately sent her slave girl to get it. 6When she opened it, she saw the child, and the boy was crying. She felt compassion for him, but she said: “This is one of the children of the Hebrews.” 7Then his sister said to Phar′aoh’s daughter: “Shall I go and call a nursing woman from the Hebrews to nurse the child for you?” 8Phar′aoh’s daughter said to her: “Go!” At once the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9Phar′aoh’s daughter then said to her: “Take this child with you and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10When the child grew older, she brought him to Phar′aoh’s daughter, and he became a son to her. She named him Moses and said: “It is because I have drawn him out of the water.”
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(Proverbs 29:25) Trembling at men is a snare, But the one trusting in Jehovah will be protected.
(Isaiah 51:12-13) “I myself am the One comforting you. Why should you be afraid of a mortal man who will die And of a son of man who will wither like green grass? 13Why do you forget Jehovah your Maker, The One who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundation of the earth? And all day long you were in constant fear of the rage of the oppressor, As though he were in a position to bring you to ruin. Where, now, is the rage of the oppressor?
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(Exodus 3:7-10) Jehovah added: “I have certainly seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their outcry because of those who force them to work; I well know the pains they suffer. 8I will go down to rescue them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and spacious, a land flowing with milk and honey, the territory of the Ca′naan•ites, the Hit′tites, the Am′or•ites, the Per′iz•zites, the Hi′vites, and the Jeb′u•sites. 9Now look! The outcry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen also the harsh way that the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10Now come, I will send you to Phar′aoh, and you will bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
(Matthew 10:18-20) And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. 19However, when they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour; 20for the ones speaking are not just you, but it is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you.
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(Exodus 12:3-7) Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth day of this month, they should each take for themselves a sheep for their father’s house, a sheep to a house. 4But if the household is too small for the sheep, they and their nearest neighbor should share it between themselves in their house according to the number of people. When making the calculation, determine how much of the sheep each one will eat. 5Your sheep should be a sound, one-year-old male. You may choose from the young rams or from the goats. 6You must care for it until the 14th day of this month, and the whole congregation of the assembly of Israel must slaughter it at twilight. 7They must take some of the blood and splash it on the two doorposts and the upper part of the doorway of the houses in which they eat it.
(Hebrews 11:28) By faith he observed the Passover and the splashing of the blood, so that the destroyer might not harm their firstborn.
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(Exodus 18:1-6) Now Jeth′ro the priest of Mid′i•an, Moses’ father-in-law, heard about all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how Jehovah had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2Jeth′ro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken in Zip•po′rah, Moses’ wife, when she was sent back to him, 3along with her two sons. One son was named Ger′shom, because Moses said, “I have become a foreign resident in a foreign land,” 4and the other was named E•li•e′zer, because he said, “The God of my father is my helper, who rescued me from Phar′aoh’s sword.” 5So Jeth′ro, Moses’ father-in-law, along with Moses’ sons and his wife, came to Moses into the wilderness where he was camping at the mountain of the true God. 6Then he sent word to Moses: “I, your father-in-law Jeth′ro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”
(Psalms 78:49-51) He inflicted his burning anger on them, Fury and indignation and distress, Companies of angels bringing calamity. 50He cleared a pathway for his anger. He did not spare them from death; And he gave them over to pestilence. 51Finally he struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, The beginning of their procreative power in the tents of Ham.
(Exodus 12:21) Moses promptly called all the elders of Israel and said to them: “Go and select young animals for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover sacrifice.
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(Revelation 14:7) He was saying in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgment by him has arrived, so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the springs of water.”
(Revelation 18:4) And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.
(John 10:16) “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
(2 Corinthians 5:20) Therefore, we are ambassadors substituting for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us. As substitutes for Christ, we beg: “Become reconciled to God.”
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(Revelation 7:1) After this I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.
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(Ezekiel 3:17-19) “Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman to the house of Israel; and when you hear a word from my mouth, you must warn them from me. 18When I say to someone wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him, and you fail to speak in order to warn the wicked one to turn from his wicked course so that he may stay alive, he will die for his error because he is wicked, but I will ask his blood back from you. 19But if you warn someone wicked and he does not turn back from his wickedness and from his wicked course, he will die for his error, but you will certainly save your own life.
(Luke 10:25-37) Now look! a man versed in the Law stood up to test him and said: “Teacher, what do I need to do to inherit everlasting life?” 26He said to him: “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” 27In answer he said: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28He said to him: “You answered correctly; keep doing this and you will get life.” 29But wanting to prove himself righteous, the man said to Jesus: “Who really is my neighbor?” 30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jer′i•cho and fell victim to robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went off, leaving him half-dead. 31Now by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32Likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the opposite side. 33But a certain Sa•mar′i•tan traveling the road came upon him, and at seeing him, he was moved with pity. 34So he approached him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he mounted him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two de•nar′i•i, gave them to the innkeeper, and said: ‘Take care of him, and whatever you spend besides this, I will repay you when I return.’ 36Who of these three seems to you to have made himself neighbor to the man who fell victim to the robbers?” 37He said: “The one who acted mercifully toward him.” Jesus then said to him: “Go and do the same yourself.”
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(Exodus 14:10-12) When Phar′aoh got closer, the Israelites raised their eyes and saw the Egyptians pursuing them. The Israelites became terrified and began to cry out to Jehovah. 11They said to Moses: “Is it because there are no burial places in Egypt that you have brought us here to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us by leading us out of Egypt? 12Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt when we said, ‘Let us alone, so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it is better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
(Exodus 14:4) I will allow Phar′aoh’s heart to become obstinate, and he will chase after them, and I will glorify myself by means of Phar′aoh and all his army; and the Egyptians will certainly know that I am Jehovah.” So that is what they did.
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(Exodus 14:13-14) Then Moses said to the people: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and see the salvation of Jehovah that he will perform for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you will never ever see again. 14Jehovah himself will fight for you, and you will keep silent.”
(Hebrews 11:29) By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted it, they were swallowed up.
(Exodus 14:31) Israel also saw the great power that Jehovah wielded against the Egyptians, and the people began to fear Jehovah and to put faith in Jehovah and in his servant Moses.
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(Revelation 17:16) And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire.
(Ezekiel 38:10-12,14-16) “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘In that day thoughts will come into your heart, and you will devise an evil plan. 11You will say: “I will invade the land of unprotected settlements. I will come against those living in security, without disturbance, all of them living in settlements unprotected by walls, bars, or gates.” 12It will be to take much spoil and plunder, to attack the devastated places that are now inhabited and a people regathered from the nations, who are accumulating wealth and property, those who are living in the center of the earth. 14“So prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “On that day when my people Israel are dwelling in security, will you not know it? 15You will come from your place, from the remotest parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly, a vast army. 16Like clouds covering the land, you will come against my people Israel. In the final part of the days I will bring you against my land so that the nations may know me when I sanctify myself through you before their eyes, O Gog.”’
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(Ezekiel 38:18-23) “‘On that day, the day when Gog invades the land of Israel,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘my great rage will flare up. 19In my zeal, in the fire of my fury, I will speak; and in that day there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20Because of me the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the wild beasts of the field, all the reptiles that creep on the ground, and all humans on the surface of the earth will tremble, and the mountains will be thrown down, and the cliffs will fall, and every wall will collapse to the ground.’ 21“‘I will call for a sword against him on all my mountains,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘Every man’s sword will be against his own brother. 22I will bring my judgment against him with pestilence and bloodshed; and I will rain down a torrential downpour and hailstones and fire and sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many peoples with him. 23And I will certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.’
(Joel 2:31-32) The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood Before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah. 32And everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, just as Jehovah has said, The survivors whom Jehovah calls.”
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(Deuteronomy 34:10) But there has never again arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom Jehovah knew face-to-face.
(Proverbs 3:6) In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.
References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD-ROM

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