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ss14 pp. 1-4 Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2014
July 14 Bible reading: Leviticus 21-24
No. 1: Leviticus 23:1-14
No. 2: Universal Salvation Is Not Scriptural (rs p. 356 ¶3)
No. 3: Acceptable Time—Use Wisely the Opportune Season for God’s Favor (it-1 pp. 37-38)

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All References Week Starting July 14



Theocratic Ministry School

No. 1: Leviticus 23:1-14


No. 2: Universal Salvation Is Not Scriptural (rs p. 356 ¶3)

rs p. 356 ¶3 Salvation
Does 2 Peter 3:9 indicate that there will be universal salvation? It says: “The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish [“he does not want anyone to be destroyed,” TEV], but that all should reach repentance.” (RS) It is God’s merciful desire that all of Adam’s offspring repent, and he has generously made provision for forgiveness of the sins of those who do. But he does not force anyone to accept that provision. (Compare Deuteronomy 30:15-20.) Many reject it. They are like a drowning man who pushes away a life preserver when it is thrown to him by someone who desires to help. It should be noted, however, that the alternative to repentance is not an eternity in hellfire. As 2 Peter 3:9 shows, those who do not repent will perish, or “be destroyed.” 2Pe 3 Verse 7 (RS) also refers to “destruction of ungodly men.” There is no thought of universal salvation here.—See also the main heading “Hell.”

No. 3: Acceptable Time—Use Wisely the Opportune Season for God’s Favor (it-1 pp. 37-38)

it-1 pp. 37-38 Acceptable Time
ACCEPTABLE TIME
At 2 Corinthians 6:2 the apostle Paul quotes from the prophecy of Isaiah 49:8, which says: “This is what Jehovah has said: ‘In a time of goodwill I have answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I kept safeguarding you that I might give you as a covenant for the people, to rehabilitate the land, to bring about the repossessing of the desolated hereditary possessions.’” In its original setting this statement was evidently made to Isaiah as representing or personifying the nation of Israel. (Isa 49:3) It was clearly a restoration prophecy and, hence, had its first fulfillment at the time of the liberation of Israel from Babylon when the call went to the Israelite prisoners, “Come out!” They thereafter returned to their homeland and rehabilitated the desolated land.—Isa 49:9.
However, the words “that I might give you as a covenant for the people” in verse 8 of this chapter and the preceding statement in verse 6 that this “servant” of Jehovah would be given as “a light of the nations, that [God’s] salvation may come to be to the extremity of the earth,” definitely mark the prophecy as Messianic and as therefore applying to Christ Jesus as God’s “servant.” (Compare Isa 42:1-4, 6, 7 with Mt 12:18-21.) Since the “time of goodwill” was a time when Jehovah would ‘answer’ and ‘help’ his servant, it must apply to Jesus’ earthly life when he “offered up supplications and also petitions to the One who was able to save him out of death, with strong outcries and tears, and he was favorably heard for his godly fear.” (Heb 5:7-9; compare Joh 12:27, 28; 17:1-5; Lu 22:41-44; 23:46.) It was, therefore, “a day of salvation” for God’s own Son, during which period of opportunity he demonstrated perfection of integrity and, as a result, “became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him.”—Heb 5:9.
Additionally, Paul’s quotation from this prophecy indicates a still further application to those Christians whom Paul urges “not to accept the undeserved kindness of God and miss its purpose,” and to whom he says (after quoting Isa 49:8): “Look! Now is the especially acceptable time. Look! Now is the day of salvation.” (2Co 6:1, 2) Such Christians had become the spiritual “Israel of God” from Pentecost of 33 C.E. forward (Ga 6:16), but there was a need for them to prove worthy of God’s undeserved kindness, so that the “acceptable time” might indeed prove to be “a day of salvation” for them.
The fact that the prophecy in its original application was one of restoration would likewise indicate an application to a time of release from spiritual captivity and of restoration to full favor with God.—Compare Ps 69:13-18.
To natural Jews who failed to appreciate the favorableness of the time and the opportunity that was theirs for entry into ‘spiritual Israel,’ Paul announced that he was turning to the non-Jewish nations, and he quoted Isaiah 49:6 in support, saying: “In fact, Jehovah has laid commandment upon us in these words, ‘I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the extremity of the earth.’” (Ac 13:47) Since “time” and “day” are terms indicating temporariness, they imply urgency and the need to use wisely an opportune period or season of favor before its end comes bringing the withdrawal of divine mercy and offer of salvation.—Ro 13:11-13; 1Th 5:6-11; Eph 5:15-20.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Leviticus 21-24


Leviticus 21:1
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15 Something else is noteworthy about Jesus’ reference to the road that went “down from Jerusalem to Jericho.” According to the story, first a priest and then a Levite were also traveling that road—although neither stopped to help the victim. (Luke 10:31, 32) The priests served at the temple in Jerusalem, and the Levites assisted them. Many priests and Levites resided in Jericho when they were not working at the temple, for Jericho was only 14 miles [23 km] from Jerusalem. Hence, they undoubtedly had occasion to travel that road. Note, too, that the priest and the Levite were going along the road “from Jerusalem,” thus heading away from the temple. So no one could rightly justify the indifference of these men by saying, ‘They avoided the injured man because he appeared to be dead, and touching a corpse would have made them temporarily unfit to serve at the temple.’ (Leviticus 21:1; Numbers 19:11, 16) Is it not clear that Jesus’ illustration reflected things that were familiar to his listeners?

Leviticus 21:12
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2 However, what does “dedication” mean in the Biblical sense? “Dedicate” translates a Hebrew verb that has the meaning “keep separate; be separated; withdraw.” In ancient Israel, High Priest Aaron wore on his turban “the holy sign of dedication,” which was a shining plate of pure gold engraved with the Hebrew words for “Holiness belongs to Jehovah.” That served as a reminder to the high priest that he must avoid doing anything that would profane the sanctuary “because the sign of dedication, the anointing oil of his God, [was] upon him.”—Exodus 29:6; 39:30; Leviticus 21:12.

Leviticus 22:17-20
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Each Must Render an Account
17 Individuals living in Malachi’s day bore personal responsibility for their deeds, and so do we. (Romans 14:12; Galatians 6:5) Accordingly, Malachi 1:14 states: “Cursed is the one acting cunningly when there exists in his drove [an unblemished] male animal, and he is making a vow and sacrificing a ruined one to Jehovah.” A man who had a drove did not own just a single animal—say, just one sheep—so that he had no choice. In selecting an animal for sacrifice, he did not have to choose one that was blind, lame, or sick. If he did choose such a defective creature, it would show that he despised Jehovah’s sacrificial arrangement, for a man who had a drove of animals could surely find one that did not have such defects!
18 With good reason, then, Jehovah cursed the one acting cunningly, the one who had a suitable male animal but who brought—perhaps had to drag—a blind, lame, or sick creature to the priest for sacrifice. Yet, there is not even a hint that any of the priests quoted God’s law that defective animals were not acceptable. (Leviticus 22:17-20) Reasonable individuals knew that they would have fared badly if they had tried to foist such a gift on their governor. But in reality they were dealing with the Universal Sovereign, Jehovah, who is far, far greater than any human governor. Malachi 1:14 states matters this way: “‘I am a great King,’ Jehovah of armies has said, ‘and my name will be fear-inspiring among the nations.’”

Lev. 22:18-20
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6 First, the person had to give his best. Jehovah told the nation that any offering had to be a sound one in order “to gain approval.” (Lev. 22:18-20) If there was a defect in the animal, it would not be viewed as an acceptable sacrifice to Jehovah. Second, the person giving the sacrifice had to be clean and undefiled. If a person was in an unclean state, he would have to make a sin offering or a guilt offering to restore his standing with Jehovah before making a voluntary offering. (Lev. 5:5, 6, 15) This was a serious matter. Jehovah stipulated that if someone in an unclean state partook of a communion sacrifice, which included voluntary offerings, he would be cut off from God’s people. (Lev. 7:20, 21) On the other hand, when the person making the sacrifice had a good standing with Jehovah and the offering was without defect, the giver could rejoice with satisfaction.—Read 1 Chronicles 29:9.

Leviticus 22:19, 20
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What Is Integrity?
4 Many people seem to have a hazy idea of what integrity is. For example, when politicians boast of their integrity, they often seem to mean honesty. That quality is important, but it is only a part of integrity. As used in the Bible, integrity involves moral completeness, soundness. The Hebrew words relating to “integrity” come from a root meaning sound, whole, or faultless. One of these words is used regarding the sacrifices to be offered to Jehovah. An animal for sacrifice gained his approval only if it was sound, or whole. (Read Leviticus 22:19, 20.) Jehovah strongly censured those who flouted his direction by offering lame, sick, or blind animals for sacrifice.—Mal. 1:6-8.

Lev. 22:20-22
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THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE SACRIFICE
6 A fundamental standard concerning any animal that was to be sacrificed to Jehovah was that it be “sound” in all respects—not blind, injured, deformed, or sick. (Lev. 22:20-22) When the Israelites offered fruits or grains to Jehovah, they needed to be the “firstfruits,” “the very best” of their harvests. (Num. 18:12, 29) A second-rate offering was not acceptable to Jehovah. The important requirement regarding animal sacrifices pictured that Jesus’ sacrifice would be spotless and unblemished and that Jehovah would sacrifice what was best and dearest to him in order to redeem mankind.—1 Pet. 1:18, 19.
7 If the person making a sacrifice was truly grateful to Jehovah for all of His goodness, then would he not be happy to select the very best that he possessed? The quality of the offering was left up to the individual. However, he knew that God would not be pleased with a defective offering because that would indicate that the man considered the sacrifice a mere formality, even a burden. (Read Malachi 1:6-8, 13.) This should make us reflect on our service to God: ‘With what spirit am I serving Jehovah? Might it be appropriate for me to review the quality of my service and my motives for serving him?’

Lev. 22:29
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Sacrifices That Meet With God’s Approval
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.

Leviticus 23:2, 3, 36, 37
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3 The Israelites assembled regularly to worship Jehovah and to listen to the reading of his Law. Certain days of their festivals were called holy conventions or solemn assemblies, indicating the sacred nature of these gatherings. (Leviticus 23:2, 3, 36, 37) At a public assembly in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Levites “were explaining the law to the people.” Since “all the people were weeping as they were hearing the words of the law,” the Levites “were ordering all the people to be silent, saying: ‘Keep quiet! for this day is holy.’” The Israelites then celebrated the seven-day Festival of Booths with “very great rejoicing.” Furthermore, “there was a reading aloud of the book of the law of the true God day by day, from the first day until the last day; and they went on holding the festival seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the rule.” (Nehemiah 8:7-11, 17, 18) These were truly holy occasions requiring respectful attention on the part of those in attendance.


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14 Give priority to spiritual matters. The nation of Israel was not to allow caring for physical needs to crowd out attention given to spiritual activities. The Israelites’ lives were not to be devoted solely to mundane pursuits. Jehovah set aside time each week that he designated as sacred, time used exclusively for activity related to worship of the true God. (Exodus 35:1-3; Numbers 15:32-36) Each year, additional time was to be set aside for specified holy conventions. (Leviticus 23:4-44) These would provide opportunities to recount Jehovah’s mighty acts, to be reminded of his ways, and to express gratitude to him for all of his goodness. As the people expressed their devotion to Jehovah, they would grow in godly fear and love and would be helped to walk in his ways. (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13) The wholesome principles embodied in those instructions benefit Jehovah’s servants today.—Hebrews 10:24, 25.

Leviticus 23:4-44
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14 Give priority to spiritual matters. The nation of Israel was not to allow caring for physical needs to crowd out attention given to spiritual activities. The Israelites’ lives were not to be devoted solely to mundane pursuits. Jehovah set aside time each week that he designated as sacred, time used exclusively for activity related to worship of the true God. (Exodus 35:1-3; Numbers 15:32-36) Each year, additional time was to be set aside for specified holy conventions. (Leviticus 23:4-44) These would provide opportunities to recount Jehovah’s mighty acts, to be reminded of his ways, and to express gratitude to him for all of his goodness. As the people expressed their devotion to Jehovah, they would grow in godly fear and love and would be helped to walk in his ways. (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13) The wholesome principles embodied in those instructions benefit Jehovah’s servants today.—Hebrews 10:24, 25.

Leviticus 23:5
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10 Should Jesus’ death be commemorated monthly, weekly, or even daily? No. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal and was killed on the day of Passover, which was observed “as a memorial” of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage in 1513 B.C.E. (Exodus 12:14) The Passover was held only once a year, on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan. (Exodus 12:1-6; Leviticus 23:5) This indicates that Jesus’ death should be commemorated only as often as the Passover—annually—not monthly, weekly, or daily.

Lev. 23:5-7
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11 We thus have reason to ask, What of the Passover in 33 C.E.? Well, on Nisan 13, as the day drew near ‘on which the passover victim was to be sacrificed,’ Christ told Peter and John: “Go and get the passover ready for us to eat.” (Luke 22:7, 8) “At length . . . the hour came” for the Passover meal, after sunset on Nisan 14, which would be Thursday evening. Jesus ate that meal with his apostles, and then he instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal. (Luke 22:14, 15) That night he was arrested and tried. Jesus was impaled close to noon on Nisan 14, and that afternoon he died. (John 19:14) Thus, “Christ our passover [was] sacrificed” on the same day as the Passover lamb was slaughtered. (1 Cor. 5:7; 11:23; Matt. 26:2) As the end of that Jewish day approached, Jesus was buried—before the start of Nisan 15.—Lev. 23:5-7; Luke 23:54.

Leviticus 23:6-14
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‘The Firstfruits of the Dead’
5 On the third day, Jesus was raised back to life in order to present the value of his sacrifice to his Father. (Hebrews 9:24) His resurrection was foreshadowed during another festival. The day after Nisan 14 saw the beginning of the Festival of Unfermented Cakes. On the next day, Nisan 16, Israelites brought a sheaf of the firstfruits of the barley harvest, the earliest harvest in Israel, for the priest to wave before Jehovah. (Leviticus 23:6-14) How appropriate that in the year 33 C.E., on that very day, Jehovah thwarted Satan’s vicious efforts to silence forever his “faithful and true witness”! On Nisan 16, 33 C.E., Jehovah resurrected Jesus from the dead to immortal spirit life.—Revelation 3:14; 1 Peter 3:18.
6 Jesus became “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death.” (1 Corinthians 15:20) Unlike those who had been resurrected before, Jesus did not die again. Rather, he ascended to heaven to Jehovah’s right hand, where he waited until he would be installed as King of Jehovah’s heavenly Kingdom. (Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:32, 33; Hebrews 10:12, 13) Since his installment as King, Jesus is now in a position to bruise the great enemy, Satan, in the head permanently and to destroy his seed.—Revelation 11:15, 18; 20:1-3, 10.

Leviticus 23:9-14
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Testimony From the Law and the Psalms
17 Paul’s resurrection hope was in harmony with “things set forth in the Law.” God told the Israelites: “You must . . . bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And [on Nisan 16] he must wave the sheaf to and fro before Jehovah to gain approval for you.” (Leviticus 23:9-14) Perhaps with this law in mind, Paul wrote: “Christ has been raised up from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death.” As “the firstfruits,” Jesus was resurrected on Nisan 16, 33 C.E. Later, during his presence, there would be a resurrection of ‘afterfruits’—his spirit-anointed followers.—1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 2 Corinthians 1:21; 1 John 2:20, 27.

Leviticus 23:16, 17, 20
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More Members of Abraham’s Seed
7 Jesus was the Seed who was promised in Eden and by means of whom Jehovah would “break up the works of the Devil.” (1 John 3:8) However, when Jehovah spoke to Abraham, He indicated that Abraham’s “seed” would be more than just one person. It would be “like the stars of the heavens and like the grains of sand that are on the seashore.” (Genesis 22:17) The appearance of other members of the “seed” was foreshadowed by yet another joyful festival. Fifty days after Nisan 16, Israel celebrated the Festival of Weeks. The Law about this states: “To the day after the seventh sabbath you should count, fifty days, and you must present a new grain offering to Jehovah. Out of your dwelling places you should bring two loaves as a wave offering. Of two tenths of an ephah of fine flour they should prove to be. They should be baked leavened, as first ripe fruits to Jehovah.”—Leviticus 23:16, 17, 20.

Leviticus 23:34-43
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Rejoicing Before Jehovah
14 After the Atonement Day, the Israelites celebrated the Festival of Booths, the most joyful festival of the Jewish year. (Leviticus 23:34-43) That festival took place from the 15th to the 21st of Ethanim and concluded with a solemn assembly on the 22nd of the month. It marked the end of the ingathering of the harvest and was a time of thanksgiving for the abundant goodness of God. For that reason, Jehovah commanded the celebrants: “Jehovah your God will bless you in all your produce and in every deed of your hand, and you must become nothing but joyful.” (Deuteronomy 16:15) What a happy time that must have been!
15 During that festival, the Israelites dwelled in booths for seven days. They were thus reminded that at one time they had dwelled in booths in the wilderness. The festival gave them ample opportunity to reflect on Jehovah’s fatherly care. (Deuteronomy 8:15, 16) And since all, wealthy and poor alike, dwelled in booths that were similar, the Israelites were reminded that in relation to the festival, they were all equal.—Nehemiah 8:14-16.

Lev. 23:37, 38
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SACRIFICES IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
4 Offering sacrifices in ancient Israel was the basis for receiving forgiveness of sins. Sacrifices were necessary for the people to enjoy Jehovah’s favor. Some of these were required; others were voluntary. (Lev. 23:37, 38) Whole burnt offerings could be made as voluntary offerings, or gifts, to Jehovah. An outstanding example of offerings was seen in connection with the inauguration of the temple in Solomon’s day.—2 Chron. 7:4-6.

Leviticus 24:20
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“Eye for Eye”
Some point to the Bible in order to justify their vengeful attitude. They say, “Doesn’t the Bible speak of ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth’?” (Leviticus 24:20) On the surface, the law of “eye for eye” may appear to promote revenge. Actually, though, it served to curb or limit senseless acts of revenge. How so?
If an Israelite assaulted a fellow Israelite and put out his eye, the Law allowed for just punishment. However, it was not up to the victim to take punitive action against the assailant or one of his family members. The Law required that he take the matter to the established authorities—the appointed judges—for proper disposition. The knowledge that the willful perpetrator of criminal or violent acts against another could be punished in kind served as a powerful deterrent. But there is more to the matter.

Leviticus 24:5-9
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8 Revelation 21:4 indicated that death will be no more. The passage in Isaiah chapter 66 agrees with that. We can see from verse 22 that Jehovah knows that the new heavens and the new earth will not be temporary, of limited duration. Furthermore, his people will endure; they will “keep standing” before him. What God has already done for his chosen people gives us reason for confidence. True Christians have faced vicious persecution, even fanatical efforts to wipe them out. (John 16:2; Acts 8:1) Yet, even very powerful enemies of God’s people, such as Roman Emperor Nero and Adolf Hitler, have not been able to eradicate God’s loyal ones, who bear his name. Jehovah has preserved the congregation of his people, and we can be sure that he can keep it standing lastingly.
9 Similarly, those faithful to God as part of the new earth, the society of true worshipers in the new world, will keep standing individually because they will be rendering pure worship to the Creator of all things. That will not be occasional or haphazard worship. God’s Law, provided to Israel through Moses, called for certain acts of worship each month, as marked by the new moon, and each week, as marked by the Sabbath day. (Leviticus 24:5-9; Numbers 10:10; 28:9, 10; 2 Chronicles 2:4) So Isaiah 66:23 points to regular, ongoing worship of God, week after week and month after month. Atheism and religious hypocrisy will not exist then. “All flesh will come in to bow down before” Jehovah.

Leviticus 24:14
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Witnesses Answerable for Blood
Jewish courts gave this warning concerning the value of life to the witnesses in capital cases before they gave evidence:
“Perhaps it is your intention to give testimony on the basis of supposition, hearsay, or of what one witness has told another; or you may be thinking, ‘We heard it from a reliable person.’ Or, you may not know that in the end we are going to interrogate you with appropriate tests of interrogation and examination. You should know that the laws governing a trial for property cases are different from the laws governing a trial for capital cases. In the case of a trial for property cases, a person pays money and achieves atonement for himself. In capital cases [the accused’s] blood and the blood of all those who were destined to be born from him [who was wrongfully convicted] are held against him [who testifies falsely] to the end of time.”—Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin, 37a.
If the accused was convicted, the witnesses had to act as executioners.—Leviticus 24:14; Deuteronomy 17:6, 7.

Lev. 24:22
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Um só rebanho, um só pastor
“Vós, os que me seguistes, também estareis sentados em doze tronos, julgando as doze tribos de Israel.” — MAT. 19:28.
JEOVÁ amava Abraão, de modo que mostrou amor leal aos descendentes dele. Por mais de 15 séculos, Jeová encarou a nação de Israel, que descendia de Abraão, como seu povo escolhido, sua “propriedade especial”. (Leia Deuteronômio 7:6.) Significa isso que Jeová desconsiderava totalmente as pessoas de outras nações? Não. Durante aquele período, não israelitas que quisessem adorá-lo poderiam juntar-se à nação especial de Jeová. Esses convertidos, ou prosélitos, eram tidos como parte da nação. Deviam ser tratados como irmãos. (Lev. 19:33, 34) E exigia-se que obedecessem a todas as leis de Jeová. — Lev. 24:22.

Service Meeting


Song 45
10 min: Get Ready for the Special Campaign in August. Distribute a copy of the new tract Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? to anyone who does not have a copy. Using the sample presentation on page 4, have two demonstrations. First show how the tract will be offered to most householders. Then demonstrate how it may be offered when the householder shows interest or desires to talk. Encourage all to have a full share in the campaign.
5 min: Benefit From Examining the Scriptures Daily. Discussion. Invite the audience to comment on when they consider the text each day and how their use of Examining the Scriptures Daily has benefited them.
15 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Initiating a Conversation in Order to Witness Informally.” Discussion. Include a demonstration.
Song 107 and Prayer


Song 45. Move Ahead!

(Hebrews 6:1)
1. Move ahead, move ahead to maturity!
It’s the will of our God that we gain ability.
Try your best to improve in your ministry,
Then our God your work will bless.
There’s a place in the service for all.
It’s the work Jesus did, you’ll recall.
Look to God that you thus at no time may fall,
Standing firm for righteousness.
2. Move ahead, move ahead, boldly witnessing!
Everlasting good news to all sorts of people bring.
Join in praise to Jehovah, our God and King,
As we preach from door to door.
Wicked foes try to cause us to fear.
Don’t shrink back, but let ev’ryone hear
Joyful news that the Kingdom of God is here.
Teach the truth yet more and more.
3. Move ahead, move ahead, always follow through,
And improve in your skills for there’s so much work to do.
Let God’s spirit keep on motivating you.
Find the joy that is divine.
Love the people you work hard to find.
Keep returning to reach heart and mind.
And assist all good progress each day to make,
So the light of truth will shine.
(See also Phil. 1:27; 3:16; Heb. 10:39.)

10 min: Get Ready for the Special Campaign in August.

Distribute a copy of the new tract Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? to anyone who does not have a copy. Using the sample presentation on page 4, have two demonstrations. First show how the tract will be offered to most householders. Then demonstrate how it may be offered when the householder shows interest or desires to talk. Encourage all to have a full share in the campaign.

SAMPLE PRESENTATIONS

Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions?

Hand the tract to the householder so that he can see the title and say: “Hello. We are sharing in a worldwide campaign to distribute this important message. This is your copy.”
If you are leaving the tract at not-at-homes, place it out of sight and avoid folding it unnecessarily.
If the householder expresses interest or desires to talk, you might ask his opinion on the multiple-choice question on the front. Open the tract, and show him what Psalm 119:144, 160 says. Explain that the tract contains information about a Web site that can help him find satisfying answers in the Bible. Perhaps you can show him a sample by playing the video Why Study the Bible? Before you leave, point out the three questions on the back page of the tract and ask which one concerns him the most. Offer to return so that you can show him how to find the Bible’s answer to that question by using jw.org. When you return, discuss the answer by looking under BIBLE TEACHINGS > BIBLE QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
^ (Ps. 119:144) The righteousness of your reminders is eternal. Give me understanding, so that I may keep living.
^ (Ps. 119:160) The very essence of your word is truth, And all your righteous judgments endure forever.

If you are also distributing invitations to your regional convention, hand the householder the invitation at the same time you give him the tract and add, “In addition, we have given you an invitation to an upcoming free public event.”

The Watchtower August 1

On weekends, when appropriate, say this to feature The Watchtower:“We would also like to offer you our current magazines. This issue ofThe Watchtower answers the question, Is God interested in you?”

Awake! August

On weekends, when appropriate, say this to feature the Awake!magazine: “We would also like to offer you our current magazines. This issue of Awake! answers the question, How can people make peace?”

5 min: Benefit From Examining the Scriptures Daily.

Discussion. Invite the audience to comment on when they consider the text each day and how their use of Examining the Scriptures Daily has benefited them.

15 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Initiating a Conversation in Order to Witness Informally.”

Discussion. Include a demonstration.

IMPROVING OUR SKILLS IN THE MINISTRY—INITIATING A CONVERSATION IN ORDER TO WITNESS INFORMALLY

Why Important: When sharing in the house-to-house ministry, we often find that many people are not at home. However, we may come in contact with them when using public transportation, when waiting in a doctor’s office, when taking a break at work or at school, and so forth. It is Jehovah’s will that everyone has an opportunity to hear the Kingdom message. (1 Tim. 2:3, 4) Often, in order to give a witness, we must take the initiative to start a conversation.

How to Do It:

• Be selective. Does the person seem friendly and willing to talk? Do the circumstances allow for relaxed conversation? Some publishers first make eye contact with the person and then smile. If the person smiles back, they try to start a conversation.
• Say a brief, silent prayer if you lack the courage to speak.—Neh. 2:4; Acts 4:29.
• Start with a simple comment, perhaps a greeting. Jesus did not begin his conversation with the Samaritan woman by talking about the Kingdom. (John 4:7) Sometimes a conversation can be initiated by giving commendation: “Your children are so well-behaved!” Asking a question is another possible conversation starter: “Did you see that news report last night?”
• Once the conversation has started, look for an opportunity to introduce the good news, but do not be in a hurry. Allow the conversation to develop naturally. Perhaps you can make a statement that arouses the person’s curiosity and prompts an inquiry. For example, if the conversation is about family matters, you might say, “I found some reliable advice on raising children.” If you are discussing a news item, you could say, “I recently enjoyed reading some good news for a change.” Do not be discouraged if the conversation ends before you can give a witness.
• Carry tracts or other literature that you can give to someone who shows interest.

Try This During the Month:

Each week try to start at least one conversation with the goal of witnessing informally.
^ (1 Tim. 2:3, 4) This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4 whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.
^ (Neh. 2:4) The king then said to me: “What is it that you are seeking?” At once I prayed to the God of the heavens.
^ (Acts 4:29) And now, Jehovah, give attention to their threats, and grant to your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness,
^ (John 4:7) A woman of Sa•mar′i•a came to draw water. Jesus said to her: “Give me a drink.”

Song 107. Come to Jehovah’s Mountain

(Isaiah 2:2-4)
1. Raise your eyes and behold,
Far above the highest hill.
There stands Jehovah’s mountain
Lifted up in this day.
People come from afar,
Ev’rywhere from sea to sea,
Calling to one another,
‘Come serve God and obey.’
Now the time has arrived
For the small, a great nation to be.
As we grow and we thrive,
God’s direction and blessing we see.
Millions now come to God
And accept his sov’reignty.
Loyal they vow to be
And from his side never stray.
2. Jesus gave the command
To go forth and preach the word.
Good news about the Kingdom
Reaches all men today.
Christ now rules from on high,
Urging all to take his side.
Meek ones who hear his voice
Let God’s Word show them the way.
What a joy to behold
How a great crowd continues to grow!
Yes, we all have a share,
Helping others Jehovah to know.
Let us lift up the voice,
Calling out for all to hear,
‘Come to Jehovah’s mountain,
Here forever to stay.’
(See also Ps. 43:3; 99:9; Isa. 60:22; Acts 16:5.)

Congregation Bible Study

Chapter 10. “Become Imitators of God” in Your Use of Power


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Ecclesiastes 8:9 of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.
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Ephesians 5:1 Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,
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Genesis 1:26, 27 God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.” 27 And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.
Psalm 36:9 you is the source of life;By your light we can see light.
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1 John 4:8 does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.
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1 Corinthians 13:4, 5 is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury.
Philippians 2:3, 4 nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, 4 as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
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Proverbs 16:6 loyal love and faithfulness, error is atoned for,And by fearing Jehovah one turns away from bad.
Nehemiah 5:1-7 However, there was a great outcry from the people and their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2 Some were saying: “We are many with our sons and our daughters. We must get grain in order to eat and stay alive.” 3 Others were saying: “We are giving our fields and our vineyards and our houses as security to get grain during the food shortage.” 4 Still others were saying: “We have borrowed money on our fields and our vineyards for the king’s tribute. 5 Now we are of the same flesh and blood as our brothers, and our children are just like their children; yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery, and some of our daughters are already in slavery. But we are powerless to stop this, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others.” 6 I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. 7 So I considered these things in my heart, and I took issue with the nobles and the deputy rulers and said to them: “Each one of you is demanding interest from your own brother.” Further, I arranged for a great assembly because of them.
Nehemiah 5:15 the former governors who were before me had burdened the people and had been taking from them 40 silver shekels for bread and wine each day. Also, their attendants had oppressed the people. But I did not do that because of the fear of God.
Deuteronomy 10:12, 13 O Israel, what is Jehovah your God asking of you? Only this: to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve Jehovah your God with all your heart and all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of Jehovah that I am commanding you today for your own good.
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Genesis 6:6 regretted that he had made men on the earth, and his heart was saddened.
Proverbs 27:11 wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.

“Watchtower” Study


Follow The Golden Rule in Your Ministry

“All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”—MATT. 7:12.
HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?
• How should we treat each person we meet in our ministry?
• What bearing does Matthew 7:12 have on where, when, and how we approach people?
• What suggestions discussed in this article do you plan to use?
Only References and Scriptures

Matthew 7:12;1 Corinthians 10:24;Luke 6:27-28,31,35;Acts 13:48;1 Corinthians 9:19-23;2 Chronicles 6:29;Colossians 4:6;James 3:2;Proverbs 15:1;1 Peter 3:15;1 Corinthians 6:9-11;1 Corinthians 9:22;Matthew 10:11-13;Acts 5:42;2 Timothy 3:1-5;Acts 10:42;Romans 1:14-15;2 Corinthians 6:3;1 Peter 2:12;Ephesians 5:16;Philippians 1:10;1 Corinthians 10:24;Matthew 5:37;1 Corinthians 10:33;Philippians 2:3-4;Matthew 5:16;1 Timothy 4:16;2 Timothy 4:5;1 Corinthians 9:23;
14-20/7/2014 (w 15/5/2014)
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(Matthew 7:12) “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them. This, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.
(1 Corinthians 10:24) Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.
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(Luke 6:27-28,31,35) “But I say to you who are listening: Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, 28to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you. 31“Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them. 35On the contrary, continue to love your enemies and to do good and to lend without hoping for anything back; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind toward the unthankful and wicked.
(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.
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(1 Corinthians 9:19-23) For though I am free from all people, I have made myself the slave to all, so that I may gain as many people as possible. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew in order to gain Jews; to those under law I became as under law, though I myself am not under law, in order to gain those under law. 21To those without law I became as without law, although I am not without law toward God but under law toward Christ, in order to gain those without law. 22To the weak I became weak, in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to people of all sorts, so that I might by all possible means save some. 23But I do all things for the sake of the good news, in order to share it with others.
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(2 Chronicles 6:29) whatever prayer, whatever request for favor may be made by any man or by all your people Israel (for each one knows his own plague and his own pain) when they spread out their hands toward this house,
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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.
(James 3:2) For we all stumble many times. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able to bridle also his whole body.
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(Proverbs 15:1) A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
(1 Peter 3:15) But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect.
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(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, 10thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom. 11And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.
(1 Corinthians 9:22) To the weak I became weak, in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to people of all sorts, so that I might by all possible means save some.
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(Matthew 10:11-13) “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.
(Acts 5:42) And every day in the temple and from house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.
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(2 Timothy 3:1-5) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
(Acts 10:42) Also, he ordered us to preach to the people and to give a thorough witness that this is the one decreed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
(Romans 1:14-15) Both to Greeks and to foreigners, both to wise and to senseless ones, I am a debtor; 15so I am eager to declare the good news also to you there in Rome.
(2 Corinthians 6:3) In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry;
(1 Peter 2:12) Maintain your conduct fine among the nations, so that when they accuse you of being wrongdoers, they may be eyewitnesses of your fine works and, as a result, glorify God in the day of his inspection.
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(Ephesians 5:16) making the best use of your time, because the days are wicked.
(Philippians 1:10) that you may make sure of the more important things, so that you may be flawless and not stumbling others up to the day of Christ;
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(1 Corinthians 10:24) Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.
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(Matthew 5:37) Just let your word ‘Yes’ mean yes, your ‘No,’ no, for what goes beyond these is from the wicked one.
(1 Corinthians 10:33) just as I am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.
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(Philippians 2:3-4) Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, 4as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
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(Matthew 5:16) Likewise, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heavens.
(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.
(2 Timothy 4:5) You, though, keep your senses in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.
(1 Corinthians 9:23) But I do all things for the sake of the good news, in order to share it with others.

References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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