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ss14 pp. 1-4 Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2014
July 21 Bible reading: Leviticus 25-27
No. 1: Leviticus 26:1-17
No. 2: Will All Humans Eventually Be Saved? (rs p. 357 ¶1)
No. 3: Accident, Accidental—Ways in Which the Scriptures Differentiate Between Accidental and Intentional Occurrences (it-1 p. 38)

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JULY 21-27, 2014
Jehovah Is a God of Organization
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JULY 21-27, 2014
Jehovah Is a God of Organization
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All References Week Starting July 21



Theocratic Ministry School

No. 1: Leviticus 26:1-17


No. 2: Will All Humans Eventually Be Saved? (rs p. 357 ¶1)

rs p. 357 ¶1 Salvation
Does 1 Corinthians 15:22 prove that all humans will eventually be saved? It says: “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (RS) As shown in the surrounding verses, what is under discussion here is resurrection. Who will be resurrected? All whose death is attributable to Adamic sin (see 1Co 15 verse 21) but who have not also personally committed the willful transgressions set forth in Hebrews 10:26-29. As Jesus was raised from Hades (Acts 2:31), so all others who are in Hades will be “made alive” by means of the resurrection. (Rev. 1:18; 20:13) Will all of these gain eternal salvation? That opportunity will be open to them, but not everyone will take hold of it, as is indicated at John 5:28, 29, which shows that the outcome to some will be adverse “judgment.”

No. 3: Accident, Accidental—Ways in Which the Scriptures Differentiate Between Accidental and Intentional Occurrences (it-1 p. 38)

it-1 p. 38 Accident, Accidental
ACCIDENT, ACCIDENTAL
Unforeseen occurrences that result from ignorance, carelessness, or unavoidable events and that cause loss or injury are commonly called accidents. The Hebrew word ʼa•sohn′ evidently literally means “a healing” and is used as a euphemism for “a fatal accident.” (Compare Ge 42:4, ftn.) The Hebrew miq•reh′, which is derived from a root that means “meet; befall” (Ge 44:29; De 25:18), is rendered not only “accident” (1Sa 6:9) but also “eventuality” (Ec 2:14, 15; 3:19) and “by chance.”—Ru 2:3.
Jacob feared that a fatal accident might befall his beloved son Benjamin if allowed to go to Egypt with his brothers. (Ge 42:4, 38) The Philistines returned the ark of Jehovah to prove whether the plague of piles they suffered really was from Jehovah or was just “an accident.” (1Sa 6:9) Solomon recognized that anyone may become a victim of unforeseen occurrence.—Ec 9:11.
The Mosaic Law differentiated between an accident that proved fatal and one that was not. (Ex 21:22-25) It also distinguished between killing intentionally and unintentionally. For deliberate murder, capital punishment was mandatory; for those guilty of accidental homicide, cities of refuge were set up. (Nu 35:11-25, 31; see CITIES OF REFUGE.) The law applied equally to native Israelite and alien resident, and instructions for the necessary sacrifices to atone for accidental or unintentional sins were provided.—Le 4:1-35; 5:14-19; Nu 15:22-29.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Leviticus 25-27

Scriptural Questions Answered:

25:35-37—Was it always wrong for the Israelites to charge interest? If the money was lent for business purposes, the lender could charge interest. However, the Law forbade the charging of interest on loans made to relieve poverty. Profiting from a destitute neighbor’s economic reversals was wrong.—Exodus 22:25.
26:19—How can ‘the heavens become like iron and the earth like copper’? Because of a lack of rain, the heavens over the land of Canaan would become in appearance like hard, nonporous iron. Without rain, the earth would have a copper-colored, metallic brightness.
26:26—What is meant by ‘ten women baking bread in one oven’? Normally, each woman would need a separate oven for all the baking she had to do. But these words pointed to such scarcity of food that one oven would be sufficient to handle all the baking done by ten women. This was one of the foretold consequences of failing to maintain holiness.

*** w11 11/15 p. 17 “Temporary Residents” in a Wicked World ***
A Warning to the Israelites
4 Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites, became numerous and were eventually organized into a nation with a law code and a land. (Gen. 48:4; Deut. 6:1) The people of Israel were never to forget that the real Owner of their land was Jehovah. (Lev. 25:23) They were like tenants obliged to respect the Owner’s wishes. Moreover, they were to remember that “not by bread alone does man live”; they were not to let material prosperity cause them to forget Jehovah. (Deut. 8:1-3) Before settling in their land, the Israelites were given this warning: “It must occur that when Jehovah your God will bring you into the land that he swore to your forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give you, great and good-looking cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things and that you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out that you did not hew out, vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant, and you shall have eaten and become satisfied, watch out for yourself that you may not forget Jehovah.”—Deut. 6:10-12.

*** w05 3/15 pp. 15-16 pars. 1-2 “You Were Bought With a Price” ***
“SLAVERY was prevalent and widely accepted in the ancient world,” states the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. It adds: “The economy of Egypt, Greece, and Rome was based on slave labor. In the first Christian century, one out of three persons in Italy and one out of five elsewhere was a slave.”
2 Although slavery also existed in ancient Israel, the Mosaic Law ensured that Hebrew slaves received protection. For instance, the Law required that an Israelite could serve as a slave for no more than six years. In the seventh year, he was to “go out as one set free without charge.” But the regulations concerning the treatment of slaves were so fair and humane that the Law of Moses made the following provision: “If the slave should insistently say, ‘I really love my master, my wife and my sons; I do not want to go out as one set free,’ then his master must bring him near to the true God and must bring him up against the door or the doorpost; and his master must pierce his ear through with an awl, and he must be his slave to time indefinite.”—Exodus 21:2-6; Leviticus 25:42, 43; Deuteronomy 15:12-18.

*** w01 12/1 p. 22 par. 14 Fear Jehovah and Keep His Commandments ***
14 Years later Joseph came face-to-face with his brothers, who had heartlessly sold him into slavery. He could easily have used their desperate need for food as an opportunity to avenge the wrong they had done to him. But treating people tyrannically does not reflect the fear of God. (Leviticus 25:43) Thus, when Joseph saw ample proof of his brothers’ change of heart, he mercifully forgave them. Like Joseph, our godly fear will move us to conquer evil with good, as well as hold us back from falling into temptation.—Genesis 45:1-11; Psalm 130:3, 4; Romans 12:17-21.

*** w01 9/15 pp. 12-13 pars. 12-13 Will Jehovah’s Blessing Overtake You? ***
12 The most outstanding evidence that Boaz kept listening to Jehovah was the unselfish way in which he acted on God’s law of repurchase. Boaz did all he could to ensure that the inheritance of his relative—Naomi’s late husband, Elimelech—would remain in Elimelech’s family. Through “brother-in-law marriage,” a widow was to marry her deceased husband’s next of kin so that a son born to them might carry on the inheritance. (Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Leviticus 25:47-49) Ruth presented herself for marriage in the place of Naomi, who was beyond the age of childbearing. After a closer relative of Elimelech declined to help Naomi, Boaz took Ruth as his wife. Their son Obed was viewed as Naomi’s offspring and the legal heir of Elimelech.—Ruth 2:19, 20; 4:1, 6, 9, 13-16.
13 Rich blessings overtook Boaz because of his unselfish compliance with God’s law. Through their son Obed, he and Ruth were blessed with the privilege of becoming ancestors of Jesus Christ. (Ruth 2:12; 4:13, 21, 22; Matthew 1:1, 5, 6) From the unselfish deeds of Boaz, we learn that blessings overtake those who show love for others and act in harmony with God’s requirements.

*** w08 4/15 p. 4 pars. 7-8 Repudiate “Valueless Things” ***
7 In many lands today, people still bow down to man-made images, and such gods are just as useless now as they were in the past. (1 John 5:21) However, the Bible describes things other than images as gods. Consider, for example, these words of Jesus: “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other. You cannot slave for God and for Riches.”—Matt. 6:24.
8 How can “Riches” become like a god? Well, as an example, think of a stone lying in a field in ancient Israel. Such a stone could be useful for the construction of a house or a wall. On the other hand, if it was set up as “a sacred pillar” or as “a showpiece,” it became a stumbling block to Jehovah’s people. (Lev. 26:1) Similarly, money has its place. We need it just to survive, and we can use it well in Jehovah’s service. (Eccl. 7:12; Luke 16:9) But if we place the pursuit of money ahead of our Christian service, money becomes, in effect, a god to us. (Read 1 Timothy 6:9, 10.) In this world, where the pursuit of financial gain is so important to people, we have to make sure that we keep a balanced view in this matter.—1 Tim. 6:17-19.

*** w13 9/15 pp. 7-8 pars. 3-4 Jehovah’s Reminders Are Trustworthy ***
3 You have perhaps noted that Jehovah’s reminders at times include messages of warning. The nation of Israel regularly received warnings through God’s prophets. For example, shortly before the Israelites were to enter the Promised Land, Moses warned them: “Watch out for yourselves for fear your heart may be enticed, and you do turn aside and worship other gods and bow down to them, and Jehovah’s anger does blaze against you.” (Deut. 11:16, 17) The Bible reveals that God gave his people scores of helpful reminders.
4 On many other occasions, Jehovah urged the Israelites to fear him, to listen to his voice, and to sanctify his name. (Deut. 4:29-31; 5:28, 29) If they heeded these reminders, they were sure to receive many blessings.—Lev. 26:3-6; Deut. 28:1-4.

*** w08 10/15 pp. 13-14 pars. 9-10 Jehovah’s Answer to a Heartfelt Prayer ***
9 In ancient times, the Promised Land was referred to as God’s holy abiding place. Recall the victory song that the Israelites sang after being delivered from Egypt: “You in your loving-kindness have led the people whom you have recovered; you in your strength will certainly conduct them to your holy abiding place.” (Ex. 15:13) Later, that “abiding place” contained a temple with its priesthood and a capital city, Jerusalem, with a line of kings who descended from David and sat on Jehovah’s throne. (1 Chron. 29:23) Not without reason, Jesus called Jerusalem “the city of the great King.”—Matt. 5:35.
10 What about in our day? In 33 C.E., a new nation, “the Israel of God,” was born. (Gal. 6:16) That nation, made up of anointed brothers of Jesus Christ, fulfilled the task that fleshly Israel ultimately failed in, that of being witnesses to God’s name. (Isa. 43:10; 1 Pet. 2:9) To them, Jehovah made the same promise that he made to ancient Israel: “I shall be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Cor. 6:16; Lev. 26:12) In 1919, Jehovah brought the remaining ones of “the Israel of God” into a favored position, and at that time, they took possession of a “land,” a spiritual realm of activity wherein they have enjoyed a spiritual paradise. (Isa. 66:8) Since the 1930’s, millions of “other sheep” have flocked to their side. (John 10:16) The happiness and spiritual prosperity of these modern-day Christians furnishes powerful evidence of the rightness of Jehovah’s sovereignty. (Read Psalm 91:1, 2.) How that infuriates Satan!

*** w01 12/15 p. 11 Relief From Stress—A Practical Remedy ***
Under the Yoke
9 Did you note that in the words quoted from Matthew 11:28, 29, Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Back then, a common man might have felt as though he were working under a yoke. From ancient times, the yoke had been illustrative of slavery or servitude. (Genesis 27:40; Leviticus 26:13; Deuteronomy 28:48) Many of the day laborers whom Jesus met worked with an actual yoke on their shoulders, carrying heavy burdens. Depending on how a yoke was fashioned, it could be easy on the neck and shoulders or it could chafe. As a carpenter, Jesus may have made yokes, and he would have known how to shape one that was “kindly.” Perhaps he lined the contact points with leather or cloth to make the yoke as comfortable as possible.
10 When Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you,” he could have been likening himself to one who provided well-made yokes that would be “kindly” to a workman’s neck and shoulders. Thus, Jesus added: “My load is light.” This signified that the yoke bar was not unpleasant to use, and the work was not slavish either. Granted, by inviting his listeners to accept his yoke, Jesus was not offering immediate relief from all oppressive conditions then current. Still, the change of viewpoint he presented would bring considerable refreshment. Adjustments in their life-style and way of doing things would relieve them too. More to the point, a clear and solid hope would help them find life less stressful.

*** w02 12/15 p. 30 Do You Remember? ***
• Why is tithing not required of Christians?
Under the Law given to ancient Israel, tithing was a means of supporting the tribe of Levi and caring for needy ones. (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:28, 29) The sacrificial death of Jesus abolished the Law and its tithing requirement. (Ephesians 2:13-15) In the early congregation, the pattern was for each Christian to give according to his means and as he resolved in his heart. (2 Corinthians 9:5, 7)—12/1, pages 4-6.

*** w03 12/1 p. 16 par. 7 “Show Yourselves Thankful” ***
7 In the Mosaic Law, Jehovah provided three ways by which the Israelites could show their genuine appreciation for his goodness. First, there was the tithe. A tenth of the land’s produce, together with a “tenth part of the herd and flock,” was to become “something holy to Jehovah.” (Leviticus 27:30-32) When the Israelites obeyed, Jehovah blessed them abundantly. “‘Bring all the tenth parts into the storehouse, that there may come to be food in my house; and test me out, please, in this respect,’ Jehovah of armies has said, ‘whether I shall not open to you people the floodgates of the heavens and actually empty out upon you a blessing until there is no more want.’”—Malachi 3:10.

*** w08 12/15 p. 30 Do You Remember? ***
• What can a Christian elder learn from how an Israelite shepherd used a curved staff?
A shepherd used a curved staff, or crook, to guide his flock. As sheep entered or left the pen, they would ‘pass under the crook’ and he could count them. (Lev. 27:32) A Christian shepherd likewise needs to know and keep track of the flock of God under his care.—11/15, page 9.

*** w08 11/15 p. 9 par. 7 Help Those Who Stray From the Flock ***
7 A shepherd in ancient Israel used a long curved staff, or crook, to guide his flock. As the sheep entered or left the pen, they would ‘pass under the crook’ and could thus be counted by the shepherd. (Lev. 27:32; Mic. 2:12; 7:14) A Christian shepherd likewise needs to know and keep track of the flock of God under his care. (Compare Proverbs 27:23.) Therefore, shepherding is one of the important matters discussed by the body of elders. This includes making arrangements to help sheep who have strayed. Jehovah himself said that he would search for his sheep and give them the care they needed. (Ezek. 34:11) So God is pleased when elders take similar steps in an effort to help sheep who have strayed to return to the flock.

How Leviticus Affects Our Worship

Jehovah’s Witnesses today are not living under the Law. (Galatians 3:23-25) Since what is said in Leviticus gives us insight into Jehovah’s viewpoint on various matters, however, it can affect our worship.
As you do the weekly Bible reading in preparation for the Theocratic Ministry School, no doubt you will be impressed with the fact that our God requires holiness of his servants. This Bible book can also move you to give the Most High your very best, always maintaining holiness to his praise.

Service Meeting


Song 67
10 min: Respected for Our Good Conduct and Christian Neutrality. Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, pages 120 and 149. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
10 min: Will You Auxiliary Pioneer in August? Talk. Interview two or three publishers who plan to auxiliary pioneer in August despite being infirm or having a busy schedule. What adjustments are they making in order to auxiliary pioneer? Invite the service overseer to review the arrangements for the meetings for field service during August.
10 min: “How Do I Appear to Jehovah?” Questions and answers.
Song 65 and Prayer


Song 67. Pray to Jehovah Each Day

(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
1. Pray to Jehovah, the Hearer of prayer.
This is our priv’lege, for his name we bear.
Open your heart as you would to a friend,
Trust that on Him you can always depend.
Pray to Jehovah each day.
2. Pray to Jehovah, give thanks that we live,
Asking forgiveness as we do forgive.
May we confess to our God whom we trust.
He is our Maker and knows we are dust.
Pray to Jehovah each day.
3. Pray to Jehovah when troubles appear.
He is our Father and ever so near.
Seek his protection, and look for his aid;
Always be trusting and never afraid.
Pray to Jehovah each day.
(See also Matt. 6:9-13; 26:41; Luke 18:1.)

10 min: Respected for Our Good Conduct and Christian Neutrality.

Discussion based on the 2014 Yearbook, pages 120 and 149. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.

^ ***yb14 p. 120 A Lapel Card Was Their “Passport”***

SIERRA LEONE AND GUINEA

A Lapel Card Was Their “Passport”
“IN 1987, more than 1,000 delegates attended the ‘Trust in Jehovah’ District Convention in Guékédou, Guinea. Since the convention site was near the Sierra Leone and Liberia borders, many delegates from those countries decided to commute each day. However, they lacked the proper travel documents. So responsible brothers negotiated with the border authorities and reached an agreement. Delegates would need only one document—their convention lapel card! When the border police saw the bright-orange cards, they immediately waved the delegates through.”—Everett Berry, former missionary.

[Picture on page 120]

The brothers enjoyed the food at this convention

^ ***yb14 pp. 148-149 We Escaped From Rebel Soldiers***

Later a rebel officer and four of his men commandeered my house. They told us to stay, so we continued to hold regular meetings and to discuss the daily text at home. Some soldiers said: “You are reading the daily text. You must be Jehovah’s Witnesses.” They were not interested in the Bible, but they respected us.
One day a senior commander came to inspect the troops who were billeted at my home. He saluted Brother Babawo and shook his hand. Addressing the soldiers, the commander barked: “This man is my boss and yours. If one hair falls from his head or the heads of those with him, it will mean trouble for you. Do you understand?” “Yes, sir!” they replied. The commander then gave us a letter ordering the Revolutionary United Front not to harm us because we were peaceful citizens.
Several months later, rebel factions began fighting each other, so we fled to neighboring Liberia. There we were threatened by another rebel group. “We are Jehovah’s Witnesses,” we told them. “Then what does John 3:16 say?” a soldier asked. When we recited the verse, he let us go.
Later, we met another rebel commander who ordered Brother Babawo and me to accompany him. We feared for our lives. Then the rebel told us that he had studied with the Witnesses before the war. He gave us money and took a letter from us and carried it to the brothers in a nearby congregation. Soon afterward, two brothers arrived with relief supplies and led us to safety.

[Blurb on page 149]

“You are reading the daily text. You must be Jehovah’s Witnesses”

10 min: Will You Auxiliary Pioneer in August?
Talk. Interview two or three publishers who plan to auxiliary pioneer in August despite being infirm or having a busy schedule. What adjustments are they making in order to auxiliary pioneer? Invite the service overseer to review the arrangements for the meetings for field service during August.

10 min: “How Do I Appear to Jehovah?”

Questions and answers.

HOW DO I APPEAR TO JEHOVAH?

1. How is the Bible like a mirror?

1 How often do you look into a mirror? Most of us do so daily because this helps us see aspects of our physical appearance that need attention. The Bible has been likened to a mirror. Reading God’s Word enables us to see our inner self, the person whom Jehovah sees. (1 Sam. 16:7; Jas. 1:22-24) God’s Word can “discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12) How can reading and meditating on the Bible every day help us to see areas that we should strengthen in order to be more successful evangelizers?—Ps. 1:1-3.

^ par. 1 (1 Sam. 16:7) But Jehovah said to Samuel: “Do not pay attention to his appearance and how tall he is, for I have rejected him. For the way man sees is not the way God sees, because mere man sees what appears to the eyes, but Jehovah sees into the heart.”
^ par. 1 (Jas. 1:22-24) However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself, and he goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he is.
^ par. 1 (Heb. 4:12) For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.
^ par. 1 (Ps. 1:1-3) Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked And does not stand on the path of sinners And does not sit in the seat of scoffers. 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And he reads His law in an undertone day and night. 3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, A tree that produces fruit in its season, The foliage of which does not wither. And everything he does will succeed.

2. How can the Bible help us to make a self-examination?

2 Use the Bible as a Mirror: Bible accounts of faithful servants of Jehovah teach us what qualities are beautiful to him. For example, David demonstrated zeal for God’s name. (1 Sam. 17:45, 46) Isaiah courageously volunteered to preach in difficult territory. (Isa. 6:8, 9) Jesus’ deep love for his heavenly Father caused him to view the ministry as a source of refreshment and satisfaction rather than an unpleasant burden. (John 4:34) First-century Christians preached with zeal, relied on Jehovah, and were determined not to give up. (Acts 5:41, 42; 2 Cor. 4:1;2 Tim. 4:17) Meditating on such examples helps us to look at ourselves with the objective of improving the quality of our sacred service.

^ par. 2 (1 Sam. 17:45, 46) David replied to the Phi•lis′tine: “You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I am coming against you in the name of Jehovah of armies, the God of the battle line of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This very day Jehovah will surrender you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and on this day I will give the corpses of the camp of the Phi•lis′tines to the birds of the heavens and to the wild beasts of the earth; and people of all the earth will know that there is a God in Israel.
^ par. 2 (Isa. 6:8, 9) Then I heard the voice of Jehovah saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am! Send me!” 9 And he replied, “Go, and say to this people: ‘You will hear again and again, But you will not understand; You will see again and again, But you will not get any knowledge.’
^ par. 2 (John 4:34) Jesus said to them: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
^ par. 2 (Acts 5:41, 42) So they went out from before the San′he•drin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name. 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.
^ par. 2 (2 Cor. 4:1) Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up.
^ par. 2 (2 Tim. 4:17) But the Lord stood near me and infused power into me, so that through me the preaching might be fully accomplished and all the nations might hear it; and I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

3. Why should we not procrastinate in making needed adjustments?

3 Act to Correct Defects: Of course, it does us no good to look in a mirror and then ignore a defect. We can ask Jehovah to help us see ourselves objectively and then to help us make needed adjustments. (Ps. 139:23, 24; Luke 11:13) Because the time left is reduced and lives are involved, we must not procrastinate about making necessary changes.—1 Cor. 7:29; 1 Tim. 4:16.

^ par. 3 (Ps. 139:23, 24) Search through me, O God, and know my heart. Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See whether there is in me any harmful way, And lead me in the way of eternity.
^ par. 3 (Luke 11:13) Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”
^ par. 3 (1 Cor. 7:29) Moreover, this I say, brothers, the time left is reduced. From now on, let those who have wives be as though they had none,
^ par. 3 (1 Tim. 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.

4. What happens to the man who peers into God’s Word and acts on what he discovers?

4 A person’s inner self—what Jehovah takes note of—is far more important than his outward appearance. (1 Pet. 3:3, 4) What happens to the man who peers into God’s Word and then acts on what he discovers? He “has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does.” (Jas. 1:25) Yes, we will be happy and effective ministers because we “reflect like mirrors the glory of Jehovah.”—2 Cor. 3:18.

^ par. 4 (1 Pet. 3:3, 4) Do not let your adornment be external—the braiding of hair and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothing— 4 but let it be the secret person of the heart in the incorruptible adornment of the quiet and mild spirit, which is of great value in the eyes of God.
^ par. 4 (Jas. 1:25) But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does.
^ par. 4 (2 Cor. 3:18) And all of us, while we with unveiled faces reflect like mirrors the glory of Jehovah, are transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, exactly as it is done by Jehovah the Spirit.

Song 65. “This Is the Way”

(Isaiah 30:20, 21)
1. There is a way of peace,
The way you’ve come to know.
It is the way you learned,
The way of long ago,
The way that Jesus taught you
When his voice you heard.
This is the way of peace,
Found in Jehovah’s Word.
(CHORUS)
This is the Way to life; This is the Way.
Don’t look aside; Not for a moment stray!
God’s voice is calling: ‘This is the Way;
Do not look back, for yes, This is the Way.’
2. There is a way of love,
No need to look around.
God’s voice has shown the way
He lets himself be found.
His love is full and good;
His love is warm and true.
This is the way of love;
It touches all we do.
(CHORUS)
This is the Way to life; This is the Way.
Don’t look aside; Not for a moment stray!
God’s voice is calling: ‘This is the Way;
Do not look back, for yes, This is the Way.’
3. There is a way of life,
No need to look behind.
Our God has promised us:
No better way we’ll find,
No higher way to peace,
No finer way to love.
This is the way to life,
Thanks to our God above.
(CHORUS)
This is the Way to life; This is the Way.
Don’t look aside; Not for a moment stray!
God’s voice is calling: ‘This is the Way;
Do not look back, for yes, This is the Way.’
(See also Ps. 32:8; 139:24; Prov. 6:23.)

Congregation Bible Study

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

References and Scriptures


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Ephesians 5:23 a husband is head of his wife just as the Christ is head of the congregation, he being a savior of this body.
1 Peter 3:7 husbands, in the same way, continue dwelling with them according to knowledge. Assign them honor as to a weaker vessel, the feminine one, since they are also heirs with you of the undeserved favor of life, in order for your prayers not to be hindered.
Acts 28:10 also honored us with many gifts, and when we were setting sail, they loaded us up with whatever we needed.
1 Peter 2:7 is to you, therefore, that he is precious, because you are believers; but to those not believing, “the stone that the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone”
Proverbs 31:28 children rise up and declare her happy;Her husband rises up and praises her.
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Genesis 21:9-12 Sarah kept noticing that the son of Ha′gar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, was mocking Isaac. 10 So she said to Abraham: “Drive out this slave girl and her son, for the son of this slave girl is not going to be an heir along with my son, with Isaac!” 11 But what she said about his son was very displeasing to Abraham. 12 Then God said to Abraham: “Do not be displeased by what Sarah is saying to you about the boy and about your slave girl. Listen to her, for what will be called your offspring will be through Isaac.
Genesis 27:46-28:2 that Re•bek′ah kept saying to Isaac: “I am disgusted with my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob ever takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these daughters of the land, what good is my life?” 28 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and commanded him, saying: “You must not take a wife from the daughters of Ca′naan. 2 Go away to Pad′dan-a′ram to the house of Be•thu′el, your mother’s father, and from there take for yourself a wife from the daughters of La′ban, your mother’s brother.
Ephesians 5:22 wives be in subjection to their husbands as to the Lord,
Ephesians 5:33 each one of you must love his wife as he does himself; on the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.
Proverbs 14:1 The truly wise woman builds up her house,But the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
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Ephesians 6:4 fathers, do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.
Proverbs 13:24 holds back his rod hates his son,But the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.
Proverbs 22:15 is bound up in the heart of a boy,But the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
Proverbs 29:15 rod and reproof impart wisdom,But a child left unrestrained brings shame on his mother.
Colossians 3:21 fathers, do not be exasperating your children, so that they do not become downhearted.
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Proverbs 20:29 glory of young men is their strength,And the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember, then, your Grand Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of distress come and the years arrive when you will say: “I have no pleasure in them”;
Proverbs 23:24, 25 father of a righteous one will surely be joyful;Whoever fathers a wise son will rejoice in him. 25 Your father and your mother will rejoice,And she who gave birth to you will be joyful.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, be obedient to your parents in union with the Lord, for this is righteous.
Colossians 3:20 children, be obedient to your parents in everything, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
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Hebrews 13:17 obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for they are keeping watch over you as those who will render an account, so that they may do this with joy and not with sighing, for this would be damaging to you.
1 Peter 5:2, 3 the flock of God under your care, serving as overseers, not under compulsion, but willingly before God; not for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock.
Acts 20:28 attention to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the holy spirit has appointed you overseers, to shepherd the congregation of God, which he purchased with the blood of his own Son.
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John 21:16, 17 he said to him a second time: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He replied: “Yes, Lord, you know I have affection for you.” He said to him: “Shepherd my little sheep.” 17 He said to him a third time: “Simon son of John, do you have affection for me?” Peter became grieved that he asked him the third time: “Do you have affection for me?” So he said to him: “Lord, you are aware of all things; you know that I have affection for you.” Jesus said to him: “Feed my little sheep.
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Proverbs 18:21 and life are in the power of the tongue;Those who love to use it will eat its fruitage.
Proverbs 12:18 speech is like the stabs of a sword,But the tongue of the wise is a healing.
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1 Thessalonians 5:14 the other hand, we urge you, brothers, to warn the disorderly, speak consolingly to those who are depressed, support the weak, be patient toward all.
Psalm 34:18 is close to the brokenhearted;He saves those who are crushed in spirit.
2 Corinthians 7:6 God, who comforts those who are downhearted, comforted us by the presence of Titus;
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Ephesians 4:29 a rotten word not come out of your mouth, but only what is good for building up as the need may be, to impart what is beneficial to the hearers.
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Proverbs 3:27 not withhold good from those to whom you should give itIf it is within your power to help.
1 Corinthians 9:16 if I am declaring the good news, it is no reason for me to boast, for necessity is laid upon me. Really, woe to me if I do not declare the good news!
1 Corinthians 9:22 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.

“Watchtower” Study

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) MAY 2014

Jehovah Is a God of Organization

“God is a God not of disorder but of peace.”—1 COR. 14:33.
HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?
• What organization exists in heaven?
• Why did Jehovah favor Noah and Rahab?
• How do the accounts about ancient Israel and first-century Christianity show that Jehovah is a God of organization?

Only References and Scriptures


John 1:1-3,14;Proverbs 8:30;Colossians 1:16;Daniel 7:10;Psalms 103:21;Isaiah 40:26;1 Corinthians 14:33,40;Genesis 1:28;Genesis 3:1-6;Genesis 6:5,11-13,17;Genesis 6:8-9,14-16;Genesis 7:5,16;Genesis 7:23;2 Peter 2:5;Exodus 38:8;Numbers 14:30,37-38;Numbers 27:18-23;Joshua 1:9;Joshua 2:9-11;Joshua 6:25;Matthew 23:37-38;Matthew 21:43;Acts 2:1-4;Acts 2:41,47;Acts 6:7;Acts 10:44-45;Matthew 4:17;Acts 1:8;Acts 13:14,45-47;Luke 21:20-21;Acts 11:19-21;Acts 19:1,19-20;Proverbs 10:22;Philippians 1:1;1 Peter 5:1-4;Acts 15:36,40-41;
21-27/7/2014 (w 15/5/2014)

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(John 1:1-3,14) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2This one was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence 14So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of divine favor and truth.
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(Proverbs 8:30) Then I was beside him as a master worker. I was the one he was especially fond of day by day; I rejoiced before him all the time;
(Colossians 1:16) because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him.
(Daniel 7:10) A stream of fire was flowing and going out from before him. A thousand thousands kept ministering to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The Court took its seat, and books were opened.
(Psalms 103:21) Praise Jehovah, all his armies, His ministers who do his will.
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(Isaiah 40:26) “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who brings out their army by number; He calls them all by name. Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power, Not one of them is missing.
(1 Corinthians 14:33,40) For God is a God not of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the holy ones, 40But let all things take place decently and by arrangement.
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(Genesis 1:28) Further, 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.”
(Genesis 3:1-6) Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. 3But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 4At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 5For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” 6Consequently, the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also gave some to her husband when he was with her, and he began eating it.
(Genesis 6:5,11-13,17) Consequently, Jehovah saw that man’s wickedness was great on the earth and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time. 11But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12Yes, God looked upon the earth, and it was ruined; all flesh had ruined its way on the earth. 13After that God said to Noah: “I have decided to put an end to all flesh, because the earth is full of violence on account of them, so I am bringing them to ruin together with the earth. 17“As for me, I am going to bring floodwaters upon the earth to destroy from under the heavens all flesh that has the breath of life. Everything on the earth will perish.
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(Genesis 6:8-9,14-16) But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. 9This is the history of Noah. Noah was a righteous man. He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries. Noah walked with the true God. 14Make for yourself an ark from resinous wood. You will make compartments in the ark and cover it with tar inside and outside. 15This is how you will make it: The ark should be 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. 16You will make a window for light for the ark, one cubit from the top. You should put the entrance of the ark in its side and make it with a lower deck, a second deck, and a third deck.
(Genesis 7:5,16) Then Noah did everything that Jehovah had commanded him. 16So they went in, male and female of every sort of flesh, just as God had commanded him. After that Jehovah shut the door behind him.
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(Genesis 7:23) So He wiped every living thing from the surface of the earth, including man, animals, creeping animals, and the flying creatures of the sky. They were all wiped off the earth; only Noah and those with him in the ark survived.
(2 Peter 2:5) And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.
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(Exodus 38:8) Then he made the basin of copper and its copper stand; he used the mirrors of the women who were organized to serve at the entrance of the tent of meeting.
(Numbers 14:30,37-38) None of you will enter into the land that I swore to have you reside in except Ca′leb the son of Je•phun′neh and Joshua the son of Nun. 37yes, the men who brought back the bad report about the land will be struck down and die before Jehovah. 38But Joshua the son of Nun and Ca′leb the son of Je•phun′neh, who were among those who went to spy out the land, will certainly keep living.”’”
(Numbers 27:18-23) So Jehovah said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19Then stand him before El•e•a′zar the priest and before all the assembly, and you must commission him before their eyes. 20You are to confer some of your authority on him, so that all the assembly of the Israelites may listen to him. 21He will stand before El•e•a′zar the priest, who will inquire in his behalf by the judgment of the U′rim before Jehovah. At his order they will go out and at his order they will come in, he and all the Israelites with him and all the assembly.” 22So Moses did just as Jehovah had commanded him. He took Joshua and stood him before El•e•a′zar the priest and before all the assembly, 23and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as Jehovah had spoken through Moses.
(Joshua 1:9) Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and strong. Do not be struck with terror or fear, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.”
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(Joshua 2:9-11) She said to the men: “I do know that Jehovah will give you the land and that the fear of you has fallen upon us. All the inhabitants of the land are disheartened because of you, 10for we heard how Jehovah dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt and what you did to the two kings of the Am′or•ites, Si′hon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction on the other side of the Jordan. 11When we heard about it, we lost heart, and no one has any courage because of you, for Jehovah your God is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.
(Joshua 6:25) Only Ra′hab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her were spared by Joshua; and she lives in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent out to spy on Jer′i•cho.
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(Matthew 23:37-38) “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the killer of the prophets and stoner of those sent to her—how often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you did not want it. 38Look! Your house is abandoned to you.
(Matthew 21:43) This is why I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits.
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(Acts 2:1-4) Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place. 2Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them, 4and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak.
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(Acts 2:41,47) So those who gladly accepted his word were baptized, and on that day about 3,000 people were added. 47praising God and finding favor with all the people. At the same time Jehovah continued to add to them daily those being saved.
(Acts 6:7) Consequently, the word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples kept multiplying very much in Jerusalem; and a large crowd of priests began to be obedient to the faith.
(Acts 10:44-45) While Peter was still speaking about these matters, the holy spirit came upon all those hearing the word. 45And the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the free gift of the holy spirit was being poured out also on people of the nations.
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(Matthew 4:17) From that time on, Jesus began preaching and saying: “Repent, for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.”
(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju•de′a and Sa•mar′i•a, and to the most distant part of the earth.”
(Acts 13:14,45-47) However, they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pi•sid′i•a. And going into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, they took a seat. 45When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began blasphemously contradicting the things Paul was saying. 46Then Paul and Bar′na•bas boldly said to them: “It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you. Since you are rejecting it and do not judge yourselves worthy of everlasting life, look! we turn to the nations. 47For Jehovah has commanded us in these words: ‘I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
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(Luke 21:20-21) “However, when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. 21Then let those in Ju•de′a begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the midst of her leave, and let those in the countryside not enter into her,
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(Acts 11:19-21) Now those who had been scattered by the tribulation that arose over Stephen went as far as Phoe•ni′cia, Cy′prus, and Antioch, but they spoke the word only to the Jews. 20However, some of the men among them from Cy′prus and Cy•re′ne came to Antioch and began talking to the Greek-speaking people, declaring the good news of the Lord Jesus. 21Furthermore, the hand of Jehovah was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord.
(Acts 19:1,19-20) In the course of events, while A•pol′los was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came down to Eph′e•sus. There he found some disciples 19Indeed, quite a number of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them up before everybody. And they calculated their value and found them worth 50,000 pieces of silver. 20Thus in a mighty way, the word of Jehovah kept growing and prevailing.
(Proverbs 10:22) It is the blessing of Jehovah that makes one rich, And He adds no pain with it.
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(Philippians 1:1) Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in union with Christ Jesus who are in Phi•lip′pi, along with overseers and ministerial servants:
(1 Peter 5:1-4) Therefore, as a fellow elder, a witness of the sufferings of the Christ and a sharer of the glory that is to be revealed, I make this appeal to the elders among you: 2Shepherd the flock of God under your care, serving as overseers, not under compulsion, but willingly before God; not for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; 3not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock. 4And when the chief shepherd has been made manifest, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
(Acts 15:36,40-41) After some days, Paul said to Bar′na•bas: “Let us now return and visit the brothers in every one of the cities where we proclaimed the word of Jehovah, to see how they are.” 40Paul selected Silas and departed after he had been entrusted by the brothers to the undeserved kindness of Jehovah. 41He went through Syria and Ci•li′cia, strengthening the congregations.

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