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ss14 pp. 1-4 Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2014
July 7 Bible reading: Leviticus 17-20
No. 1: Leviticus 19:19-32
No. 2: Why Spirit-Anointed Christians, or “Saints,” Are Not Free From Sin (rs p. 355 ¶2)
No. 3: Abyss—What the Bible Says About the Abyss (it-1 pp. 35-36)

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JULY 7-13, 2014
How Should We “Answer Each Person”?
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How Should We “Answer Each Person”?
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All References Week Starting July 7



Theocratic Ministry School

No. 1: Leviticus 19:19-32


No. 2: Why Spirit-Anointed Christians, or “Saints,” Are Not Free From Sin (rs p. 355 ¶2)

rs p. 355 ¶2 Saints
It certainly was true that all who made up the first-century Christian congregation were saints. (1 Cor. 14:33, 34; 2 Cor. 1:1; 13:13, RS, KJ) They are described as ones that received “forgiveness of sins” and were “sanctified” by God. (Acts 26:18; 1 Cor. 1:2, RS, KJ) Nevertheless, they did not claim to be free from all sin. They were born as descendants of the sinner Adam. This inheritance often made it a struggle for them to do what was right, as the apostle Paul humbly acknowledged. (Rom. 7:21-25) And the apostle John pointedly said: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, RS) So, being a saint in the sense that the term is used regarding Christ’s true followers does not mean that in the flesh they are free from all sin.

No. 3: Abyss—What the Bible Says About the Abyss (it-1 pp. 35-36)

it-1 pp. 35-36 Abyss
ABYSS
According to Parkhurst’s Greek and English Lexicon to the New Testament (London, 1845, p. 2), the Greek a′bys•sos means “very or exceedingly deep.” According to Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford, 1968, p. 4), it means “unfathomable, boundless.” The Greek Septuagint uses it regularly to translate the Hebrew tehohm′ (watery deep), as at Genesis 1:2; 7:11.
A′bys•sos occurs nine times in the Christian Greek Scriptures, seven of them being in the book of Revelation. It is from “the abyss” that the symbolic locusts come forth under the headship of their king, Abaddon or Apollyon, “the angel of the abyss.” (Re 9:1-3, 11) “The wild beast” that makes war against the “two witnesses” of God and kills them is also spoken of as coming “out of the abyss.” (Re 11:3, 7) Revelation 20:1-3 describes the future casting of Satan into the abyss for a thousand years; something that a legion of demons urged Jesus not to do to them on a certain occasion.—Lu 8:31.
Scriptural Significance. It is noteworthy that the Greek Septuagint does not use a′bys•sos to translate the Hebrew sheʼohl′, and in view of the fact that spirit creatures are cast into it, it cannot properly be limited in meaning to Sheol or Hades, inasmuch as these two words clearly refer to the common earthly grave of mankind. (Job 17:13-16; see HADES; SHEOL.) It does not refer to “the lake of fire,” since it is after Satan’s release from the abyss that he is thereupon hurled into the lake of fire. (Re 20:1-3, 7-10) Paul’s statement at Romans 10:7, in which he speaks of Christ as being in the abyss, also precludes such possibility and shows as well that the abyss is not the same as Tartarus.—See TARTARUS.
Romans 10:6, 7 aids in clearing up the meaning of “the abyss” in stating: “But the righteousness resulting from faith speaks in this manner: ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down; or, “Who will descend into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.’” (Compare De 30:11-13.) It is evident that “the abyss” here refers to the place in which Christ Jesus spent part of three days and from which place his Father resurrected him. (Compare Ps 71:19, 20; Mt 12:40.) Revelation 20:7 refers to the abyss as a “prison,” and the confinement of absolute restraint resulting from death in the case of Jesus certainly harmonizes with this.—Compare Ac 2:24; 2Sa 22:5, 6; Job 38:16, 17; Ps 9:13; 107:18; 116:3.
Concerning the root meaning “unfathomable” as characteristic of “the abyss,” it is of interest to note the statement in Hastings’ Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics (1913, Vol. I, p. 54), which, in commenting on Romans 10:6, 7, says: “The impression conveyed by St. Paul’s language is of the vastness of that realm, as of one that we should vainly attempt to explore.” Paul contrasts the inaccessibility of “heaven” and of the “abyss” with the accessibility of righteousness by faith. The use of the related word ba′thos made by Paul at Romans 11:33 illustrates this: “O the depth [ba′thos] of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!” (See also 1Co 2:10; Eph 3:18, 19.) So, in harmony with Romans 10:6, 7, the place that is represented by “the abyss” would also evidently imply being out of the reach of anyone but God or his appointed angel with “the key of the abyss.” (Re 20:1) Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon (p. 4) gives as one of the meanings of the word a′bys•sos “the infinite void.”
The plural form of the Hebrew word metsoh•lah′ (or metsu•lah′) is translated “large abyss” in Psalm 88:6 and literally means “abysses,” or “depths.” (Compare Zec 10:11.) It is related to tsu•lah′, meaning “watery deep.”—Isa 44:27.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Leviticus 17-20


*** w04 5/15 p. 24 par. 2 Highlights From the Book of Leviticus *** Lessons for Us:
Leviticus 20:9. A hateful and vicious spirit was as bad as murder in Jehovah’s sight. He therefore prescribed the same penalty for reviling one’s parents as for actually murdering them. Should this not prompt us to show love for fellow believers?—1 John 3:14, 15.

Leviticus 19:27—What is meant by the command not to “cut [the] sidelocks short around” or “destroy the extremity” of the beard? This law was evidently given to prevent the Jews from trimming their beards or hair in a way that would imitate certain pagan practices. (Jeremiah 9:25, 26; 25:23; 49:32) However, God’s command did not mean that the Jews could not trim their beards or facial hair at all.—2 Samuel 19:24.

Leviticus 17:11-13 *** w11 11/1 p. 17 How Do God’s Laws Benefit Us? ***
How does the sacredness of blood benefit us?
Blood is sacred because God says that it represents the life, or soul, of a creature. (Genesis 9:3, 4) God’s law, which equates the value of blood with that of life, benefits us. How? It makes possible the forgiveness of sins.—Read Leviticus 17:11-13; Hebrews 9:22.
Jesus’ blood was especially precious because he was perfect. Jesus presented to God something that represented his life—his blood. (Hebrews 9:12) His shed blood makes everlasting life possible for us.—Read Matthew 26:28; John 3:16.

Leviticus 17:11 *** w10 5/1 pp. 5-6 What Is God Doing? ***
2 An architect prepares blueprints that clearly set forth what the restoration work will accomplish.
Jehovah God gave the Israelites a code of laws and designed a temple at which they were to worship him. The Bible says: “Those things are a shadow of the things to come.” (Colossians 2:17) Like blueprints, they represented something greater.
For example, the Israelites offered animal sacrifices to obtain forgiveness of sins. (Leviticus 17:11) That practice foreshadowed a greater sacrifice that would be offered centuries later—a sacrifice that would provide mankind with true redemption. The very layout of the tabernacle and temple at which the Israelites worshipped prefigured the steps that the future Messiah would take, from his sacrificial death to his ascension to heaven.—See the chart on page 7.

Leviticus 17:14 *** w08 10/1 p. 31 How My Faith Helped Me to Face Tragedies *** HAVE YOU WONDERED?
You may have heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions. Have you ever wondered why?
This Scriptural stand is often misunderstood. Sometimes people assume that Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse all medical treatment or that they simply do not value life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses seek the best medical care available to them and their family members. However, they seek nonblood medical management. Why?
Their stand is based on a fundamental law that God gave to mankind. Just after the Flood of Noah’s day, God gave Noah and his family permission to eat the flesh of animals. God imposed this one restriction: They were not to consume blood. (Genesis 9:3, 4) All humans of all races descended from Noah, so this law is binding on all of mankind. It was never rescinded. Over eight centuries later, God reaffirmed that law to the nation of Israel, explaining that blood is sacred, representing the soul, or life itself. (Leviticus 17:14) Over 1,500 years later, the Christian apostles commanded all Christians to “keep abstaining . . . from blood.”—Acts 15:29.
To Jehovah’s Witnesses, it is clearly impossible to abstain from blood while taking it into the body in a transfusion. They therefore insist on alternative treatments.

Leviticus 18:6, 9 ‒ Leviticus 18:19 *** w12 9/1 pp. 6-7 Does God Really Care About Women? ***
Honored and respected. The Ten Commandments clearly stipulated: “Honor your father and your mother.” (Exodus 20:12) In the proverbs of wise King Solomon, we read: “Listen, my son, to the discipline of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.”—Proverbs 1:8.
The Law included detailed regulations regarding conduct among unmarried persons, showing respect for females. (Leviticus 18:6, 9; Deuteronomy 22:25, 26) A good husband had to take into account his wife’s physical and biological limitations.—Leviticus 18:19.

Leviticus 18:20, 29 *** w12 12/15 p. 15 Questions From Readers *** (in vitro fertilization) [Box on page 15]
OTHER IVF PROCEDURES
The development of IVF opened the way to other procedures that definitely conflict with God’s thinking as reflected in the Scriptures. For example, a woman’s eggs might be fertilized with sperm from a man who is not her husband. She might then allow the resulting embryos to be implanted in her. (Lesbian couples sometimes resort to this procedure.) Or a husband’s sperm might be used to fertilize the eggs from a woman who is not his wife. The husband’s wife might then allow the resulting embryos to be implanted in her.
In a variation that some term “embryo adoption,” the embryos placed in a wife’s womb involve neither her eggs nor her husband’s sperm. In yet another variation, a married couple’s eggs and sperm are fertilized outside the womb by IVF. The resulting embryos are then implanted in the womb of a surrogate, a woman who carries the baby and delivers it for them.
Those reproductive procedures are unacceptable to God’s servants out of respect for his direction: “You must not give your emission as semen to the wife of your associate to become unclean by it.” (Lev. 18:20, 29; Prov. 6:29) When fertilization involving eggs or sperm (or both) from someone not within the marital union occurs, this amounts to what the Bible terms por•nei′a, sexual immorality. Those procedures are a gross misuse of the sexual organs.—Matt. 5:32; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:9, 18; Heb. 13:4.

Leviticus 18:6, 23 *** w06 11/15 p. 6 An Issue That Involves You ***
What about premarital sex? That too is against the moral standards set out by Jehovah. “This is what God wills . . . that you abstain from fornication,” says the Bible. (1 Thessalonians 4:3) Homosexuality, incest, and bestiality are also sins against God. (Leviticus 18:6, 23; Romans 1:26, 27) Anyone wanting to please God and enjoy a truly happy life must keep away from immoral practices.

Leviticus 18:3 TMS REVIEW: *** w02 2/1 p. 29 Questions From Readers ***
Not to be overlooked is our God-given conscience. All people are born with a sense of right and wrong, good and bad. (Romans 2:15) Their conscience tells them what is normal and proper and what is unnatural and offensive, unless it has been distorted or deadened by perverted practices. Jehovah alluded to this fact when he gave the Israelites his law against marriage between close fleshly relatives. We read: “The way the land of Egypt does, in which you dwelt, you must not do; and the way the land of Canaan does, into which I am bringing you, you must not do; and in their statutes you must not walk.” (Leviticus 18:3) Christians treasure their Bible-based conscience and do not allow it to be corrupted by the twisted sense of right and wrong of the nations.—Ephesians 4:17-19.

Leviticus 19:18 *** w13 3/1 p. 13 “Which Commandment Is First of All?” ***
Second, Jesus said: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Verse 31; Leviticus 19:18) Love of God and love of neighbor are really inseparable. The second is a by-product of the first. (1 John 4:20, 21) If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will treat them the way we want them to treat us. (Matthew 7:12) We thereby show that we love the God who made us—and them—in his image.—Genesis 1:26.

Leviticus 19:17 *** w13 3/15 p. 11 par. 14 Do You Have “a Heart to Know” Jehovah? ***
14 Or a brother who has not actually committed “murders” might let rancor fester in his heart to the point of hating a fellow Christian. (Lev. 19:17) Will he put forth effort to rid himself of such emotions that could make his heart unresponsive?—Matt. 5:21, 22.

Leviticus 19:16 *** w12 2/15 p. 21 par. 13 Preserve the Positive Spirit of the Congregation ***
13 The corruptive influence of murmuring can lead to other spiritually damaging developments. For example, murmuring can disrupt a congregation’s peace and unity. Moreover, voicing complaints against fellow believers may not only cause them pain but may also deteriorate into the sins of slander and reviling. (Lev. 19:16; 1 Cor. 5:11) Some murmurers in the first-century congregation were “disregarding lordship and speaking abusively of glorious ones.” (Jude 8, 16) Such murmuring against responsible men in the congregation certainly did not have God’s approval.

Leviticus 19:15 *** w12 11/1 p. 22 “What Is Jehovah Asking Back From You?” ***
“Exercise justice.” The Hebrew word for “justice,” according to one reference work, “involves right and fair relationships in the community.” God asks us to treat others according to what is right and fair by his standards. We exercise justice by being impartial, upright, and honest in our dealings with others. (Leviticus 19:15; Isaiah 1:17; Hebrews 13:18) When we act justly toward others, they may be moved to act justly toward us in return.—Matthew 7:12.

Leviticus 19:2 TMS REVIEW: *** w09 7/1 p. 9 “I Jehovah Your God Am Holy” ***
The command regarding holiness gives us valuable insight into the thinking and ways of Jehovah God. For one thing, we learn that in order to have a close relationship with him, we need to do our best to live in harmony with his standards of holy conduct. (1 Peter 1:15, 16) By holding to those standards, we can enjoy the best way of life possible.—Isaiah 48:17.

Leviticus 19:9, 10 *** w11 2/1 p. 15 Did You Know? *** What was the custom of gleaning, and who benefited from it?
▪ The Mosaic Law prohibited farmers from stripping their land of all of its produce. Instead, those who harvested grain were not to reap the edges of the fields completely. Those who gathered grapes were not to pick up those that were scattered or go back again to harvest those that were immature the first time. And those who beat the boughs of the olive trees were to leave the fruit that did not fall. (Leviticus 19:9, 10; Deuteronomy 24:19-21) The poor, the orphans, the widows, and the alien residents could then glean—or pick up—the leftovers of the harvest.

Leviticus 19:9, 10 TMS REVIEW: *** w06 6/15 pp. 22-23 par. 13 “How I Do Love Your Law!” ***
13 The principle behind the law on gleaning has not changed. Jehovah expects his servants to be generous, especially toward the needy. The more generous we are, the greater our blessings will be. “Practice giving, and people will give to you,” said Jesus. “They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.”—Luke 6:38.

Leviticus 20:2, 27 *** w13 5/15 p. 13 Questions From Readers ***
In this regard, Leviticus 20:2 states: “Any man of the sons of Israel, and any alien resident who resides as an alien in Israel, who gives any of his offspring to Molech, should be put to death without fail. The people of the land should pelt him to death with stones.” Those in whom there was “a mediumistic spirit or spirit of prediction” were also to be put to death. How? By ‘pelting them with stones.’—Lev. 20:27.

Leviticus 20:2, 3 *** w07 4/1 p. 18 Offering Sacrifices That Please God ***
In sharp contrast with the Israelites, the inhabitants of Canaan offered their children as sacrifices to their gods, including the Ammonite god called Molech, also known as Milcom or Moloch. (1 Kings 11:5, 7, 33; Acts 7:43) Halley’s Bible Handbook says: “Canaanites worshipped, by immoral indulgence, as a religious rite, in the presence of their gods; and then, by murdering their first-born children, as a sacrifice to these same gods.”
Did such practices please Jehovah God? Decidedly not. As the Israelites were about to enter the land of Canaan, Jehovah gave them the command recorded at Leviticus 20:2, 3...
Clearly, the practice of offering humans in sacrifice is not from the true God and is no part of pure worship. Human sacrifice in any form is demonic, and true worshippers of God stay away from anything that is connected with such a practice.

Leviticus 20:10 *** w06 11/15 p. 23 par. 14 Keep Yourself in God’s Love! ***
14 The fact that there is no way to compensate for adultery should impel one to avoid this grossly selfish act. Proverbs 6:30-35 shows that whereas people may sympathize with a thief who steals because he is hungry, they despise an adulterer because he has a bad motive. He is “bringing his own soul [or, life] to ruin.” Under the Mosaic Law, he would have been put to death. (Leviticus 20:10) A person who commits adultery causes others pain just to satisfy his lust, and an unrepentant adulterer does not remain in God’s love but is expelled from the clean Christian congregation.

Leviticus 19:26; 20:27 *** w94 12/15 p. 20 A Health Test for You? ***
Of course, a God-fearing physician in ancient Israel would not have employed spiritistic practices. God wisely commanded: “There should not be found in you . . . anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or anyone who looks for omens or a sorcerer . . . For everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Leviticus 19:26; 20:27) The same applies to God’s Christian servants today. Caution is in order.
In recent years many people have turned to “alternative” diagnostic techniques and treatments. This is basically an area for personal decision. (Matthew 7:1; compare Romans 14:3, 4.) It would, of course, be sad if any Christian became so preoccupied with controversial health issues that these overshadowed the ministry, which is the one sure way to save lives. (1 Timothy 4:16)

Service Meeting


Song 14
10 min: Offer the Magazines During July. Discussion. Start by demonstrating how the magazines may be offered, using the two sample presentations on this page. Then analyze the sample presentations from beginning to end. Conclude by briefly encouraging all to become well-acquainted with the magazines and to share enthusiastically in offering them.
10 min: Local needs.
10 min: What Did We Accomplish? Discussion by the secretary. Outline what was accomplished during the Memorial season, and commend the congregation for its activity. Invite audience to relate experiences enjoyed while distributing Memorial invitations or while serving as auxiliary pioneers.
Song 123 and Prayer


Song 14

All Things Made New

(Revelation 21:1-5)
1. “The signs of the times” prove God’s rule has begun.
In glory enthroned sits Jehovah’s Son.
The battle in heaven he’s fought and won,
And soon on the earth shall God’s will be done.
(CHORUS)
Rejoice! For God’s tent is with men,
And he himself resides with them.
No more will there be pain or crying,
No sorrowing nor any dying;
For God has said: ‘I’m making all things new.’
These words faithful are and true.
2. Let all men the chaste New Jerusalem see,
The bride of the Lamb shining radiantly.
Adorned now with most precious gems is she,
And only Jehovah her light will be.
(CHORUS)
Rejoice! For God’s tent is with men,
And he himself resides with them.
No more will there be pain or crying,
No sorrowing nor any dying;
For God has said: ‘I’m making all things new.’
These words faithful are and true.
3. This city so fair will be all men’s delight.
Its gates will be open both day and night.
All nations will walk in her glory bright;
O servants of God, now reflect that light.
(CHORUS)
Rejoice! For God’s tent is with men,
And he himself resides with them.
No more will there be pain or crying,
No sorrowing nor any dying;
For God has said: ‘I’m making all things new.’
These words faithful are and true.
(See also Matt. 16:3; Rev. 12:7-9; 21:23-25.)

10 min: Offer the Magazines During July. 

Discussion. Start by demonstrating how the magazines may be offered, using the two sample presentations on this page. Then analyze the sample presentations from beginning to end. Conclude by briefly encouraging all to become well-acquainted with the magazines and to share enthusiastically in offering them.

SAMPLE PRESENTATIONS

To start Bible studies on the first Saturday in July

“How do you think God feels about our prayers? Do you think he valuesthem or merely tolerates them?” Allow for response. Show the back of the July 1 Watchtower, and consider together the material under the first question and at least one of the cited scriptures. Offer the magazines, and arrange to discuss the next question.

The Watchtower July 1

“Since God is almighty, do you think that he should be held responsible for all the bad things that happen in the world? [Allow for response. Then read James 1:13.] This magazine explains why bad things happen and what God will do to end evil and suffering.”

^ (Jas. 1:13) When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.

Awake! July

“Sooner or later, almost everyone is faced with some type of tragedy, such as a natural disaster, a life-threatening illness, or the death of a loved one. When these things happen, do you think that it’s important to maintain a positive attitude? [Allow for response.] Many people have found the Bible to be helpful in coping with tragedies. [Read Romans 15:4.] This magazine explains how the Bible can help us when we experience a tragedy.”

^ (Rom. 15:4) For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.

10 min: Local needs.

10 min: What Did We Accomplish? 

Discussion by the secretary. Outline what was accomplished during the Memorial season, and commend the congregation for its activity. Invite audience to relate experiences enjoyed while distributing Memorial invitations or while serving as auxiliary pioneers.

Song 123 and Prayer

Shepherds—Gifts in Men

(Ephesians 4:8)
1. Help in our lives, Jehovah provides,
Shepherds to tend his flock.
By their example they serve as guides,
Showing us how to walk.
(CHORUS)
God gives us men who have earned our trust,
Men who are loyal and true.
They show concern for his precious flock;
Love them for all that they do.
2. Shepherds who love us care how we feel;
Gently they guide the way.
When we are hurt, they help us to heal,
Kind in the words they say.
(CHORUS)
God gives us men who have earned our trust,
Men who are loyal and true.
They show concern for his precious flock;
Love them for all that they do.
3. Godly advice and counsel they give,
That we may never stray.
Thus they assist us, God’s way to live,
Serving him ev’ry day.
(CHORUS)
God gives us men who have earned our trust,
Men who are loyal and true.
They show concern for his precious flock;
Love them for all that they do.
(See also Isa. 32:1, 2; Jer. 3:15; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28.)

Congregation Bible Study

Chapter 9. “Christ the Power of God”

References and Scriptures


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21, 22. (a) What did the miracles of Jesus portend? (b) Because Jesus has control of natural forces, what can we expect under his Kingdom rule?
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21, 22. (a) What did the miracles of Jesus portend? (b) Because Jesus has control of natural forces, what can we expect under his Kingdom rule?
(Luke 23:43) And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.”
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23. As King, how will Jesus satisfy mankind’s needs?
(Psalm 72:16) There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; On the top of the mountains it will overflow. His fruit will flourish as in Leb′a•non, And in the cities people will blossom like the vegetation of the earth.
(Isaiah 33:24) And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.
(Isaiah 35:5, 6) 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.
(John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.
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24. As we reflect on the power of Jesus, what should we keep in mind, and why?
(John 14:9) Jesus said to him: “Even after I have been with you men for such a long time, Philip, have you not come to know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father also. How is it you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
(Mark 1:40-42) There also came to him a leper, pleading with him even on bended knee, saying to him: “If you just want to, you can make me clean.” 41 At that he was moved with pity, and he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him: “I want to! Be made clean.” 42 Immediately the leprosy vanished from him, and he became clean.
(Mark 1:32-34) After evening had fallen, when the sun had set, the people began bringing to him all who were ill and demon possessed; 33 and the whole city was gathered right at the door. 34 So he cured many who were ill with various sicknesses, and he expelled many demons, but he would not let the demons speak, for they knew him to be Christ.

Questions for Meditation


Isaiah 11:1-5 How does Jesus manifest “the spirit of . . . mightiness,” and what confidence can we thus have in his rule?
Isaiah 11:1-5 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.

Mark 2:1-12 Jesus’ miraculous healings demonstrate that he has been granted what authority?
Mark 2:1-12 However, after some days he again entered into Ca•per′na•um, and the word spread that he was at home. 2 And so many gathered that there was no more room, not even around the door, and he began to speak the word to them. 3 And they brought him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 But they could not bring him right to Jesus because of the crowd, so they removed the roof above Jesus, and after digging an opening, they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic: “Child, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were there, sitting and reasoning in their hearts: 7 “Why is this man talking this way? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except one, God?” 8 But immediately Jesus discerned by his spirit that they were reasoning that way among themselves, so he said to them: “Why are you reasoning these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and pick up your stretcher and walk’? 10 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth—” he said to the paralytic: 11 “I say to you, Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go to your home.” 12 At that he got up and immediately picked up his stretcher and walked out in front of them all. So they were all astonished, and they glorified God, saying: “We have never seen anything like this.”

John 6:25-27 Although Jesus miraculously satisfied people’s physical needs, what was the primary thrust of his ministry?
John 6:25-27 they found him across the sea, they said to him: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered them: “Most truly I say to you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate from the loaves and were satisfied. 27 Work, not for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains for everlasting life, which the Son of man will give you; for on this one the Father, God himself, has put his seal of approval.”

John 12:37-43 Why did some eyewitnesses of Jesus’ miracles not put faith in him, and what can we learn from this?
John 12:37-43 he had performed so many signs before them, they were not putting faith in him, 38 so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, who said: “Jehovah, who has put faith in the thing heard from us? And as for the arm of Jehovah, to whom has it been revealed?” 39 The reason why they were not able to believe is that again Isaiah said: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and has made their hearts hard, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their hearts and turn around and I heal them.” 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory, and he spoke about him. 42 All the same, many even of the rulers actually put faith in him, but they would not acknowledge him because of the Pharisees, so that they would not be expelled from the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory of men even more than the glory of God.

“Watchtower” Study

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) MAY 2014

How Should We “Answer Each Person”?

“Let your words always be gracious, . . . so that you will know how you should answer each person.”—COL. 4:6.
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?
• Why is it good to draw out our listeners with tactful questions?
• What can help us to reason effectively on the Scriptures?
• How can we make good use of illustrations in our ministry?

Only References and Scriptures


Colossians 4:6;Proverbs 18:13;1 Corinthians 9:26;Psalms 10:4;Proverbs 20:5;Habakkuk 1:2-3;2 Timothy 3:16-17;Acts 17:2-3;Philippians 2:9;Acts 17:11;2 Thessalonians 1:9;Genesis 2:16-17;Genesis 3:19;Revelation 21:4;Psalms 37:29;Matthew 13:34-35;Matthew 13:10-15;Luke 3:21-22;John 14:28;Proverbs 22:15;Matthew 10:11-14;John 6:66;John 7:45-48;Acts 4:13;Acts 13:48;1 Timothy 4:16;Psalms 32:8;
7-13/7/2014 (w 15/5/2014)
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(Colossians 4:6) Let your words always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should answer each person.
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(Proverbs 18:13) When anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts, It is foolish and humiliating.
(1 Corinthians 9:26) Therefore, the way I am running is not aimlessly; the way I am aiming my blows is so as not to be striking the air;
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(Psalms 10:4) In his haughtiness, the wicked man makes no investigation; All his thoughts are: “There is no God.”
(Proverbs 20:5) The thoughts of a man’s heart are like deep waters, But the discerning man draws them out.
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(Habakkuk 1:2-3) How long, O Jehovah, must I cry for help, but you do not hear? How long must I ask for help from violence, but you do not intervene? 3Why do you make me witness wrongdoing? And why do you tolerate oppression? Why are destruction and violence before me? And why do quarreling and conflict abound?
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(2 Timothy 3:16-17) All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
(Acts 17:2-3) So according to Paul’s custom he went inside to them, and for three sabbaths he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3explaining and proving by references that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying: “This is the Christ, this Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.”
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(Philippians 2:9) For this very reason, God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name,
(Acts 17:11) Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thes•sa•lo•ni′ca, for they accepted the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
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(2 Thessalonians 1:9) These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength,
(Genesis 2:16-17) Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
(Genesis 3:19) In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”
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(Revelation 21:4) And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
(Psalms 37:29) The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.
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(Matthew 13:34-35) All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds by illustrations. Indeed, without an illustration he would not speak to them, 35in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet who said: “I will open my mouth with illustrations; I will proclaim things hidden since the founding.”
(Matthew 13:10-15) So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted. 12For whoever has, more will be given him, and he will be made to abound; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13That is why I speak to them by the use of illustrations; for looking, they look in vain, and hearing, they hear in vain, nor do they get the sense of it. 14And the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled in their case. It says: ‘You will indeed hear but by no means get the sense of it, and you will indeed look but by no means see. 15For the heart of this people has grown unreceptive, and with their ears they have heard without response, and they have shut their eyes, so that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back and I heal them.’
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(Luke 3:21-22) Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus too was baptized. As he was praying, the heaven was opened up, 22and the holy spirit in bodily form like a dove came down upon him, and a voice came out of heaven: “You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.”
(John 14:28) You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I am.
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(Proverbs 22:15) Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a boy, But the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
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(Matthew 10:11-14) “Into whatever city or village you enter, search out who in it is deserving, and stay there until you leave. 12When you enter the house, greet the household. 13If the house is deserving, let the peace you wish it come upon it; but if it is not deserving, let the peace from you return upon you. 14Wherever anyone does not receive you or listen to your words, on going out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
(John 6:66) Because of this, many of his disciples went off to the things behind and would no longer walk with him.
(John 7:45-48) Then the officers went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, and the latter said to them: “Why did you not bring him in?” 46The officers replied: “Never has any man spoken like this.” 47In turn the Pharisees answered: “You have not been misled also, have you? 48Not one of the rulers or of the Pharisees has put faith in him, has he?
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(Acts 4:13) Now when they saw the outspokenness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were astonished. And they began to realize that they had been with Jesus.
(Acts 13:48) When those of the nations heard this, they began to rejoice and to glorify the word of Jehovah, and all those who were rightly disposed for everlasting life became believers.
(1 Timothy 4:16) Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching. Persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
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(Psalms 32:8) “I will give you insight and instruct you in the way you should go. I will give you advice with my eye upon you.


References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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