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Aug. 4 Bible reading: Numbers 4-6
No. 1: Numbers 4:17-33
No. 2: Does the Bible Say That Some Will Never Be Saved? (rs p. 358 ¶1-3)
No. 3: Accusation—Jehovah Overrules Bad Laws, and He Judges Those Who Make False Accusations (it-1 p. 39 ¶9–p. 40 ¶1)
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“You Must Love Jehovah Your God”
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No. 1: Numbers 4:17-33
No. 2: Does the Bible Say That Some Will Never Be Saved? (rs p. 358 ¶1-3)rs p. 358 ¶1-3 Salvation
2 Thess. 1:9, RS: “They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” (Italics added.)
Rev. 21:8, RS: “As for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”
Matt. 7:13, 14, RS: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
No. 3: Accusation—Jehovah Overrules Bad Laws, and He Judges Those Who Make False Accusations (it-1 p. 39 ¶9–p. 40 ¶1)it-1 p. 39 ¶9–p. 40 ¶1 Accusation
Three Hebrews were accused of not worshiping Nebuchadnezzar’s gold image and were pitched into the furnace. The accusation was true, though based on a bad law. However, they were innocent of wrongdoing, and upon appeal to the Supreme Court of Heaven they were cleared of any guilt by Jehovah. (Da 3:8-25) Similarly, Daniel was delivered from death, and the accusers who hatched the plot against him were thrown to the lions. (Da 6:24) The word “accused” in these two accounts translates an Aramaic phrase literally meaning “had eaten the pieces [of flesh torn from the body],” and it may also be rendered “slandered.” (Da 3:8; 6:24; ftns) Opposers of the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem wrote a letter accusing the builders of wrongdoing, and a ban against the work based on the false accusation was imposed, a ban that was later proved unlawful. (Ezr 4:6–6:12) In like manner the religious leaders sought out ways of accusing Jesus as a lawbreaker. (Mt 12:10; Lu 6:7) They finally succeeded in having the innocent man arrested, and at the trial they were most vehement in their false accusation of the Righteous One, Jesus. (Mt 27:12; Mr 15:3; Lu 23:2, 10; Joh 18:29) These examples show how wrong it is to accuse others falsely, especially if the accusers are in positions of authority.—Lu 3:14; 19:8.
In the Christian congregation, overseers and ministerial servants not only should be innocent of bearing false witness against others but must be free from accusation themselves. (1Ti 3:10; Tit 1:6) Hence, if accusations are brought against an older man, there should be two or three witnesses to back them up. (Mt 18:16; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19) The whole congregation must be free from accusation (1Co 1:8; Col 1:22), though this does not mean they will be free from false accusations, for, indeed, the great Adversary, Satan the Devil, is “the accuser of our brothers . . . who accuses them day and night before our God!”—Re 12:10.
Aug. 4 Bible reading: Numbers 4-6
Scriptural Questions Answered:5:27—What is meant by the ‘falling away of the thigh’ of a wife guilty of adultery? The term “thigh” is used here to denote the procreative organs. (Genesis 46:26) The ‘falling away’ of it suggests the degeneration of these organs, so that conception would be impossible.
Lessons for Us:6:1-7. Nazirites were to abstain from the product of the vine and all intoxicating beverages, requiring self-denial. They were to let their hair grow long—a sign of submission to Jehovah, just as women were to be in subjection to their husbands or fathers. The Nazirites were to remain clean by staying away from any dead body, even that of a close relative. Full-time servants today show a spirit of self-sacrifice when it comes to self-denial and submission to Jehovah and his arrangement. Some assignments may involve going to a distant land, which may even make it difficult or impossible to return home for the funeral of a close family member.
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The poles were not to be removed from the rings even when the Ark was in place in the tabernacle. Consequently, the poles could not be used for any other purpose. Also, the Ark would not have to be touched; had the poles been taken out of the rings, each portage would require handling the sacred Ark to reinsert the poles in the rings. The comment at Numbers 4:6 about ‘putting in the poles’ may refer to arranging or adjusting the poles in preparation for carrying the heavy chest to a new encampment.
*** w05 2/1 p. 26 Jehovah Always Does What Is Right ***
Why Did Jehovah Strike Uzzah Dead?
18 Another account that might seem puzzling to some involves David’s attempt to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The Ark was placed on a wagon, which was led by Uzzah and his brother. The Bible states: “They came gradually as far as the threshing floor of Nacon, and Uzzah now thrust his hand out to the ark of the true God and grabbed hold of it, for the cattle nearly caused an upset. At that Jehovah’s anger blazed against Uzzah and the true God struck him down there for the irreverent act, so that he died there close by the ark of the true God.” Some months later, a second attempt succeeded when the Ark was transported in the God-appointed way, carried on the shoulders of Kohathite Levites. (2 Samuel 6:6, 7; Numbers 4:15; 7:9; 1 Chronicles 15:1-14) Some may ask: ‘Why did Jehovah react so strongly? Uzzah was only trying to save the Ark.’ Lest we draw the wrong conclusion, we do well to note some helpful details.
*** w06 8/1 pp. 23-24 Be Wise—Fear God! ***
When Fear of God Lapsed
13 Experiencing Jehovah’s help during distress deepened David’s fear of God and strengthened his confidence in him. (Psalm 31:22-24) On three notable occasions, however, David’s fear of God lapsed, which led to serious consequences. The first involved his arranging for the ark of Jehovah’s covenant to be transported to Jerusalem on a wagon rather than on the shoulders of the Levites, as God’s Law directed. When Uzzah, who was leading the wagon, grabbed hold of the Ark to steady it, he died on the spot for his “irreverent act.” Yes, Uzzah sinned seriously, yet ultimately, it was David’s failure to maintain proper respect for God’s Law that brought about that tragic outcome. Fearing God means doing things according to his arrangement.—2 Samuel 6:2-9; Numbers 4:15; 7:9.
*** w02 8/1 p. 12 par. 13 Loyally Submit to Godly Authority ***
13 According to God’s Law, only the priests could offer incense. The very idea of a nonpriestly Levite offering incense before Jehovah should have shaken those rebels to their senses. (Exodus 30:7; Numbers 4:16) Not so Korah and his supporters! The next day he “got all the assembly together against [Moses and Aaron] at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” The record tells us: “Jehovah now spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: ‘Separate yourselves from the midst of this assembly, that I may exterminate them in an instant.’” But Moses and Aaron pleaded for the lives of the people to be spared. Jehovah consented to their pleas. As for Korah and his crowd, “a fire came out from Jehovah and proceeded to consume the two hundred and fifty men offering the incense.”—Numbers 16:19-22, 35.
*** w02 8/1 pp. 10-11 Loyally Submit to Godly Authority ***
“Must You Men Also Try to Secure the Priesthood?”
8 Korah was not the head of the paternal house of Levi, nor was he the head of the families of the Kohathites. (Numbers 3:30, 32) Nevertheless, he was a respected chieftain in Israel. Korah’s duties might have brought him into close association with Aaron and his sons. (Numbers 4:18, 19) Seeing firsthand the imperfections of these men, Korah might have reasoned: ‘These priests are decidedly imperfect, yet I am expected to be in subjection to them! Not long ago Aaron made a golden calf. Worshiping that calf caused our people to fall into idolatry. Now Aaron, Moses’ brother, is serving as high priest! What favoritism! And what of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu? Why, they showed such gross disrespect for their privileges of service that Jehovah had to put them to death!’ (Exodus 32:1-5; Leviticus 10:1, 2) Whatever Korah’s reasoning might have been, it is clear that he began to view the priesthood from a human standpoint. That led to his rebellion against Moses and Aaron and, ultimately, against Jehovah.—1 Samuel 15:23; James 1:14, 15.
*** w05 2/1 p. 27 par. 20 Jehovah Always Does What Is Right ***
20 Keep in mind that Uzzah should have known better. The Ark was associated with Jehovah’s presence. The Law specified that it was not to be touched by unauthorized individuals, explicitly warning that violators would be punished by death. (Numbers 4:18-20; 7:89) Therefore, the transfer of that sacred chest was not a task to be treated lightly. Uzzah evidently was a Levite (though not a priest), so he should have been familiar with the Law. Besides, years earlier the Ark had been moved to the house of his father for safekeeping. (1 Samuel 6:20–7:1) It had stayed there for some 70 years, until David chose to move it. So from childhood on, Uzzah had likely been aware of the laws regarding the Ark.
*** w02 6/1 p. 19 par. 5 Cleansed as a People for Fine Works ***
5 Indeed, the Mosaic Law included rules and regulations on practically every aspect of the Israelites’ life, outlining what was clean and acceptable and what was not. For example, in Leviticus chapters 11 to 15, we find detailed instructions relative to cleanness and uncleanness. Certain animals were unclean, and the Israelites were not to eat them. Childbirth would cause a woman to be unclean for a specified period of time. Certain skin diseases, particularly leprosy, and discharges of the male and female organs would likewise cause a person to be unclean. The Law also specified what should be done in situations involving uncleanness. For example, at Numbers 5:2, we read: “Command the sons of Israel that they send out of the camp every leprous person and everyone having a running discharge and everyone unclean by a deceased soul.”
*** cl chap. 29 pp. 293-295 pars. 11-12 “To Know the Love of the Christ” ***
11 Moved to relieve suffering. People with various ailments sensed that Jesus had compassion, so they were drawn to him. This was especially evident when Jesus, with crowds following him, was approached by a man “full of leprosy.” (Luke 5:12) In Bible times, lepers were quarantined so as to protect others from contamination. (Numbers 5:1-4) In time, however, rabbinic leaders fostered a heartless view of leprosy and imposed their own oppressive rules. Notice, though, how Jesus responded to the leper: “There also came to him a leper, entreating him even on bended knee, saying to him: ‘If you just want to, you can make me clean.’ At that he was moved with pity, and he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him: ‘I want to. Be made clean.’ And immediately the leprosy vanished from him.” (Mark 1:40-42) Jesus knew that it was unlawful for the leper even to be there. Yet, instead of turning him away, Jesus was so deeply moved that he did something unthinkable. Jesus touched him!
12 Can you imagine what that touch meant to the leper? To illustrate, consider an experience. Dr. Paul Brand, a leprosy specialist, tells of a leper he treated in India. During the examination, the doctor laid his hand on the leper’s shoulder and explained, through an interpreter, the treatment that the man would have to undergo. Suddenly, the leper began to weep. “Have I said something wrong?” the doctor asked. The interpreter questioned the young man in his language and replied: “No, doctor. He says he is crying because you put your hand around his shoulder. Until he came here no one had touched him for many years.” For the leper who approached Jesus, being touched had even greater meaning. Following that one touch, the disease that had made him an outcast was gone!
*** w12 10/15 pp. 27-28 par. 2 Let Your Yes Mean Yes ***
2 Do Jesus’ words mean that all making of oaths is bad? How could that be? As we learned in the preceding article, Jehovah God and his righteous servant Abraham made sworn oaths on important occasions. Also, God’s Law required the taking of a sworn oath to settle certain disputes. (Ex. 22:10, 11; Num. 5:21, 22) Thus, it may be necessary for a Christian to swear to tell the truth when testifying in a court of law. Or, on a rare occasion, a Christian might find it necessary to make a sworn oath to assure others of his intentions or to help settle a matter. In fact, when Jesus himself was put under oath by the high priest, he did not object to it but responded truthfully to the Jewish Sanhedrin. (Matt. 26:63, 64) Jesus, however, did not need to swear to anyone. Even so, to emphasize the reliability of his message, he often introduced what he said in this unique way: “Most truly [literally, “Truly, truly,” ftn.] I say to you.” (John 1:51; 13:16, 20, 21, 38) Let us see what else we can learn from the examples of Jesus, Paul, and others whose Yes meant Yes.
*** g 11/07 pp. 16-17 Does Archaeology Support the Bible? ***
Could They Read and Write?
The Bible indicates that the ancient Israelites were a literate people. (Numbers 5:23; Joshua 24:26; Isaiah 10:19) But critics disagreed, arguing that Bible history was largely transmitted by unreliable oral tradition. In 2005 this theory suffered a blow when archaeologists working at Tel Zayit, midway between Jerusalem and the Mediterranean, found an archaic alphabet, perhaps the oldest Hebrew alphabet  ever discovered, incised on a piece of limestone.
Dated to the tenth century B.C.E., the find, say some scholars, suggests “formal scribal training,” a “sophisticated level of culture,” and “a rapidly developing Israelite bureaucracy in Jerusalem.” So, contrary to the critics’ claims, it appears that at least as early as the tenth century B.C.E., the Israelites were literate and would have been able to record their history.
*** w04 11/15 p. 23 pars. 14-15 Search for Jehovah, the Examiner of Hearts ***
14 Not all Israelites were doing what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes. For instance, Hosea and Amos ‘loved what was good’ and served God faithfully as prophets. Others took vows as Nazirites. For the length of their Naziriteship, they abstained from the use of products of the vine, especially wine. (Numbers 6:1-4) How did the other Israelites view the self-sacrificing course of such doers of good things? The shocking answer to that question reveals the extent of the nation’s spiritual decay. Says Amos 2:12: “You kept giving the Nazirites wine to drink, and upon the prophets you laid a command, saying: ‘You must not prophesy.’”
15 Upon seeing the faithful example of the Nazirites and the prophets, those Israelites should have been ashamed and should have been moved to change their ways. Instead, they unlovingly sought to discourage the loyal ones from giving glory to God. Let us never urge fellow Christians who are pioneers, missionaries, traveling overseers, or members of the Bethel family to discontinue their full-time service simply to return to a so-called normal life. Rather, let us encourage them to keep up their good work!
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Hannah Makes a Vow
Communion sacrifices were eaten at Jehovah’s sanctuary. After leaving the dining chamber, Hannah prays to God. (1 Samuel 1:9, 10) “O Jehovah of armies,” she begs, “if you will without fail look upon the affliction of your slave girl and actually remember me, and you will not forget your slave girl and actually give to your slave girl a male offspring, I will give him to Jehovah all the days of his life, and no razor will come upon his head.”—1 Samuel 1:11.
Hannah’s prayer is specific. She asks for a male child and vows that he will be dedicated to Jehovah as a lifelong Nazirite. (Numbers 6:1-5) Such a vow is subject to the approval of her husband, and Elkanah’s later actions show that he approves of his beloved wife’s promise.—Numbers 30:6-8.
The way Hannah prays causes High Priest Eli to think that she is drunk. Her lips quiver, but he hears no words, for Hannah is speaking in her heart. The prayer is particularly fervent. (1 Samuel 1:12-14) Imagine how Hannah feels when Eli reproaches her, saying that she is drunk! Yet, she respectfully answers the high priest. When Eli realizes that Hannah has been praying “out of the abundance of [her] concern and [her] vexation,” he says: “May the God of Israel grant your petition.” (1 Samuel 1:15-17) At that, Hannah goes on her way and eats, and “her face [becomes] self-concerned no more.”—1 Samuel 1:18.
What can we learn from all of this? When we pray to Jehovah about our concerns, we can let him know how we feel and make heartfelt requests. If we can do no more to resolve the problem, we should leave the matter in his hands. There is no better course to follow.—Proverbs 3:5, 6.
After praying fervently, servants of Jehovah are very likely to experience a peace similar to that of Hannah. With respect to prayer, the apostle Paul wrote: “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7) When we throw our burden on Jehovah, we must allow him to take care of it. Then, like Hannah, we no longer need to be self-concerned.—Psalm 55:22.
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HIS NAME IS GREAT
9 Shortly after Israel’s Exodus, Jehovah became something new to his people. By means of the Law covenant, he became their “husbandly owner,” willingly taking on all the responsibilities associated therewith. (Jer. 3:14) The Israelites, in turn, became his figurative wife, his name people. (Isa. 54:5, 6) As they willingly submitted to him and kept his commandments, he would prove to be the perfect ‘Husband.’ He would bless them, keep them, and assign peace to them. (Num. 6:22-27) Jehovah’s great name would thus be glorified among the nations. (Read Deuteronomy 4:5-8; Psalm 86:7-10.) Indeed, throughout Israel’s history, many foreigners were drawn to true worship. They, in effect, said what the Moabitess Ruth said to Naomi: “Your people will be my people, and your God my God.”—Ruth 1:16.
10 For some 1,500 years, Jehovah’s dealings with Israel revealed many new facets of his personality. Despite the nation’s waywardness, over and over Jehovah proved to be “a God merciful” and “slow to anger.” He was a God of extraordinary patience and long-suffering. (Ex. 34:5-7) Jehovah’s patience, nevertheless, did have a limit, and that limit was reached when the Jewish nation rejected and killed his Son. (Matt. 23:37, 38) The fleshly descendants of Israel ceased to be God’s name people. In the main, they became spiritually dead, like a withered tree. (Luke 23:31) How did this affect their attitude toward the divine name?
A Full Reward From Jehovah(Matthew 19:29)
1. Jehovah is faithful and fully aware
Of all those who serve him whole-souled.
He knows there are times their devotion and zeal
Result in their loss as foretold.
If you have left houses or fam’ly or friends,
Be sure that our God knows the sum.
He makes it up now with our dear brotherhood
And life in the new world to come.
May Jehovah, the God of comfort, see;
May he provide a full reward for you.
May you find refuge beneath his wings.
Jehovah is faithful; Jehovah is true.
2. It may be by choice or by their lot in life;
There are some who single remain.
By seeking the Kingdom of God to the full,
In godly devotion they gain.
By making the room for their unwedded state,
At times they are lonely, we know.
As brothers and sisters to these faithful ones,
Support and approval we show.
May Jehovah, the God of comfort, see;
May he provide a full reward for you.
May you find refuge beneath his wings.
Jehovah is faithful; Jehovah is true.
(See also Judg. 11:38-40; Ruth 2:12; Matt. 19:12.)
10 min: Offer the Magazines During August. Discussion.Using the sample presentations on this page, demonstrate how the magazines may be offered to someone when engaging in the special campaign on the weekends. Then invite comments from the audience on these questions: Why should we offer the magazines on the weekends in August when it is appropriate to do so? What are some occasions when this would be appropriate?
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 1On 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! AugustOn 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?”
10 min: Local needs.
10 min: How Did We Do? Discussion.Invite publishers to comment on how they benefited by applying points from the article “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Initiating a Conversation in Order to Witness Informally.” Ask the audience to relate good experiences.
Our Reasons for Joy(Matthew 5:12)
1. Our reasons for joy are abundant,
Like riches increasing in worth.
Desirable things of all nations
Are joining us in all the earth.
The joy in our heart is well-founded,
With roots reaching deep in God’s Word.
We daily partake of its teachings;
Faith follows the things we have heard.
Our causes for joy are deep-seated,
Like embers that burn in our hearts.
Though troubles and trials beset us,
Endurance Jehovah imparts.
Jehovah our God is our joy,
The work of his hands our delight.
How deep are his thoughts, how great are his works,
Abounding in goodness and might!
2. We gladly behold his productions,
The heavens, the sea, and the land.
We gaze at the book of creation,
Applauding the work of his hand.
Triumphantly we now bear witness,
Proclaiming the Kingdom of God.
The news of its birth and its blessings,
We joyously spread all abroad.
Eternal rejoicing approaches,
Like daylight that follows the night.
The promised new earth and new heavens
Will bring everlasting delight.
Jehovah our God is our joy,
The work of his hands our delight.
How deep are his thoughts, how great are his works,
Abounding in goodness and might!
(See also Deut. 16:15; Isa. 12:6; John 15:11.)
Chapter 11. “All His Ways Are Justice”
References and Scriptures
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Psalm 33:5 loves righteousness and justice. The earth is filled with Jehovah’s loyal love.
Genesis 40:15 was, in fact, kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and I have not done anything here for which they should put me in prison.”
Genesis 41:41-43 Phar′aoh added to Joseph: “See, I am putting you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Phar′aoh removed his signet ring from his own hand and put it on Joseph’s hand and clothed him with garments of fine linen and placed a necklace of gold around his neck. 43 Moreover, he had him ride in the second chariot of honor that he had, and they would call out ahead of him, “A•vrékh!” Thus he put him over all the land of Egypt.
Psalm 105:17, 18 sent ahead of them a manWho was sold to be a slave, Joseph. 18 With fetters they bound his feet;His neck was put in irons
Genesis 45:5-8 now do not be upset and do not reproach one another because you sold me here; because God has sent me ahead of you for the preservation of life. 6 This is the second year of the famine in the land, and there are yet five years in which there will be no plowing or harvest. 7 But God sent me ahead of you in order to preserve for you a remnant on the earth and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8 So, then, it was not you who sent me here, but it was the true God, in order to appoint me as chief adviser to Phar′aoh and lord for all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
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Genesis 1:27 God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.
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Genesis 18:25 is unthinkable that you would act in this manner by putting the righteous man to death with the wicked one so that the outcome for the righteous man and the wicked is the same! It is unthinkable of you. Will the Judge of all the earth not do what is right?”
Amos 5:24 justice flow down like waters,And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
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Romans 2:11 there is no partiality with God.
Job 34:10 listen to me, you men of understanding: It is unthinkable for the true God to act wickedly,For the Almighty to do wrong!
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John 17:11 am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, watch over them on account of your own name, which you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.
Matthew 23:9 do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One.
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Psalm 11:7 Jehovah is righteous; he loves righteous acts. The upright will see his face.
Isaiah 61:8 I, Jehovah, love justice;I hate robbery and unrighteousness. I will faithfully give them their wages,And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Jeremiah 9:24 let the one boasting boast about this: That he has insight and knowledge of me,That I am Jehovah, the One showing loyal love, justice, and righteousness in the earth,For in these things I take delight,” declares Jehovah.
“You Must Love Jehovah Your God”“You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.”—MATT. 22:37.
HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?• What does it mean to love God?
• Why should we love Jehovah?
• How can we show our love for Jehovah God?
Only References and Scriptures
John 5:20;John 14:31;Proverbs 8:30;Psalms 18:1;Deuteronomy 7:12-13;John 4:24;Deuteronomy 6:5;Matthew 5:3;Acts 17:24-27;Matthew 22:34-38;Matthew 24:14;Romans 12:1-2;James 4:8;Acts 17:28;Psalms 115:16;Acts 14:15-17;Ecclesiastes 12:1;Romans 5:12;Romans 5:8;John 3:16;Romans 15:13;Revelation 2:10;Luke 23:43;James 1:17;Acts 24:15;1 Thessalonians 4:13;Job 14:15;Psalms 34:6;Psalms 34:18-19;1 Peter 5:6-7;Psalms 79:13;Psalms 72:7;Psalms 72:12-14;Psalms 72:16;Luke 10:27;Isaiah 43:10-12;Joshua 21:45;Joshua 23:14;Psalms 119:105;Psalms 51:17;Psalms 94:18-19;Isaiah 49:13;Matthew 15:32;Psalms 65:2;1 Corinthians 10:13;Philippians 4:6-7;Nehemiah 2:1-6;Romans 12:12;Hebrews 10:24-25;Deuteronomy 31:12;1 John 5:3;Revelation 2:4;Galatians 2:5;Psalms 45:4;Revelation 16:14;Revelation 16:16;Matthew 28:19-20;Acts 20:28;Isaiah 32:1-2;Ephesians 4:8;Ephesians 5:23;Hebrews 13:17;James 1:22-25;Psalms 19:7-11;Psalms 141:2;Exodus 30:7-8;Revelation 5:8;Matthew 22:37-39;(John 5:20) For the Father has affection for the Son and shows him all the things he himself does, and he will show him works greater than these, so that you may marvel.
(John 14:31) But for the world to know that I love the Father, I am doing just as the Father has commanded me to do. Get up, let us go from here.
(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;
(Psalms 18:1) I have affection for you, O Jehovah, my strength.
(Deuteronomy 7:12-13) “If you continue listening to these judicial decisions and you observe them and carry them out, Jehovah your God will keep the covenant and the loyal love about which he swore to your forefathers. 13He will love you and bless you and multiply you. Yes, he will bless you with many children and with the produce of your soil, your grain, your new wine, your oil, the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks, in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give to you.
(John 4:24) God is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth.”
(Deuteronomy 6:5) You must love Jehovah your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength.
(Matthew 5:3) “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.
(Acts 17:24-27) The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as he is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples; 25nor is he served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all people life and breath and all things. 26And he made out of one man every nation of men to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he decreed the appointed times and the set limits of where men would dwell, 27so that they would seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.
(Matthew 22:34-38) After the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together in one group. 35And one of them, versed in the Law, tested him by asking: 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment.
(Matthew 24:14) And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
(Romans 12:1-2) Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. 2And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
(James 4:8) Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones.
(Acts 17:28) For by him we have life and move and exist, even as some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his children.’
(Psalms 115:16) As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, But the earth he has given to the sons of men.
(Acts 14:15-17) “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are humans having the same infirmities as you have. And we are declaring the good news to you, for you to turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them. 16In past generations he permitted all the nations to go on in their ways, 17although he did not leave himself without witness in that he did good, giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying you with food and filling your hearts with gladness.”
(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”;
(Romans 5:12) That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned—.
(Romans 5:8) But God recommends his own love to us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(John 3:16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.
(Romans 15:13) May the God who gives hope fill you with all joy and peace by your trusting in him, so that you may abound in hope with power of holy spirit.
(Revelation 2:10) Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life.
(Luke 23:43) And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.”
(James 1:17) Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, coming down from the Father of the celestial lights, who does not vary or change like the shifting shadows.
(Acts 24:15) And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13) Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope.
(Job 14:15) You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.
(Psalms 34:6) This lowly one called, and Jehovah heard. He saved him from all his distresses.
(Psalms 34:18-19) Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19Many are the hardships of the righteous one, But Jehovah rescues him from them all.
(1 Peter 5:6-7) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
(Psalms 79:13) Then we, your people and the flock of your pasture, Will give thanks to you forever; And we will declare your praise from generation to generation.
(Psalms 72:7) In his days the righteous will flourish, And peace will abound until the moon is no more.
(Psalms 72:12-14) For he will rescue the poor who cry for help, Also the lowly one and whoever has no helper. 13He will have pity on the lowly and the poor, And the lives of the poor he will save. 14From oppression and from violence he will rescue them, And their blood will be precious in his eyes.
(Psalms 72:16) There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; On the top of the mountains it will overflow. His fruit will flourish as in Leb′a•non, And in the cities people will blossom like the vegetation of the earth.
(Luke 10:27) In answer he said: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
(Isaiah 43:10-12) “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none. 11I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” 12“I am the One who declared and saved and made known When there was no foreign god among you. So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God.
(Joshua 21:45) Not a promise failed out of all the good promises that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; all of them came true.
(Joshua 23:14) “Now look! I am about to die, and you well know with all your heart and with all your soul that not one word out of all the good promises that Jehovah your God has spoken to you has failed. They have all come true for you. Not one word of them has failed.
(Psalms 119:105) Your word is a lamp to my foot, And a light for my path.
(Psalms 51:17) The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit; A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject.
(Psalms 94:18-19) When I said: “My foot is slipping,” Your loyal love, O Jehovah, kept supporting me. 19When anxieties overwhelmed me, You comforted and soothed me.
(Isaiah 49:13) Shout for joy, you heavens, and rejoice, you earth. Let the mountains become cheerful with a joyful cry. For Jehovah has comforted his people, And he shows mercy to his own afflicted ones.
(Matthew 15:32) But Jesus called his disciples to him and said: “I feel pity for the crowd, because they have already stayed with me for three days and they have had nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for they may give out on the road.”
(Psalms 65:2) O Hearer of prayer, to you people of all sorts will come.
(1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has come upon you except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
(Philippians 4:6-7) Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; 7and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.
(Nehemiah 2:1-6) In the month of Ni′san, in the 20th year of King Ar•ta•xerx′es, wine was set before him, and as usual I took up the wine and gave it to the king. But I had never been gloomy in his presence. 2So the king said to me: “Why do you look so gloomy when you are not sick? This can be nothing but gloominess of heart.” At this I became very frightened. 3Then I said to the king: “Long live the king! Why should I not look gloomy when the city, the place where my forefathers are buried, lies in ruins, and its gates have been consumed by fire?” 4The king then said to me: “What is it that you are seeking?” At once I prayed to the God of the heavens. 5I then said to the king: “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah, to the city where my forefathers are buried, so that I may rebuild it.” 6Then the king, with his royal consort sitting beside him, said to me: “How long will your journey be, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I gave him a set time.
(Romans 12:12) Rejoice in the hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in prayer.
(Hebrews 10:24-25) And let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, 25not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near.
(Deuteronomy 31:12) Gather the people together, the men, the women, the children, and your foreign resident who is within your cities, in order that they may listen and learn about and fear Jehovah your God and take care to carry out all the words of this Law.
(1 John 5:3) For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,
(Revelation 2:4) Nevertheless, I hold this against you, that you have left the love you had at first.
(Galatians 2:5) we did not yield in submission to them, no, not for a moment, so that the truth of the good news might continue with you.
(Psalms 45:4) And in your splendor go on to victory; Ride in the cause of truth and humility and righteousness, And your right hand will accomplish awe-inspiring things.
(Revelation 16:14) They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty.
(Revelation 16:16) And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Armageddon.
(Matthew 28:19-20) Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”
(Acts 20:28) Pay 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.
(Isaiah 32:1-2) Look! A king will reign for righteousness, And princes will rule for justice. 2And each one will be like a hiding place from the wind, A place of concealment from the rainstorm, Like streams of water in a waterless land, Like the shadow of a massive crag in a parched land.
(Ephesians 4:8) For it says: “When he ascended on high he carried away captives; he gave gifts in men.”
(Ephesians 5:23) because a husband is head of his wife just as the Christ is head of the congregation, he being a savior of this body.
(Hebrews 13:17) Be 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.
(James 1:22-25) However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning. 23For 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. 24For he looks at himself, and he goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he is. 25But 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.
(Psalms 19:7-11) The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength. The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise. 8The orders from Jehovah are righteous, causing the heart to rejoice; The commandment of Jehovah is clean, making the eyes shine. 9The fear of Jehovah is pure, lasting forever. The judgments of Jehovah are true, altogether righteous. 10They are more desirable than gold, Than much fine gold, And sweeter than honey, the honey that drips from the combs. 11By them your servant has been warned; In keeping them, there is a large reward.
(Psalms 141:2) May my prayer be as incense prepared before you, My uplifted hands like the evening grain offering.
(Exodus 30:7-8) “Aaron will burn perfumed incense on it, making it smoke on the altar when he maintains the lamps each morning. 8Also, when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he will burn the incense. It is a regular incense offering before Jehovah throughout your generations.
(Revelation 5:8) When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, and each one had a harp and golden bowls that were full of incense. (The incense means the prayers of the holy ones.)
(Matthew 22:37-39) He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM
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