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ss14 pp. 1-4 Theocratic Ministry School Schedule for 2014
Aug. 11 Bible reading: Numbers 7-9
No. 1: Numbers 9:9-23
No. 2: Once Saved Does Not Mean Always Saved (rs p. 358 ¶4–p. 359 ¶1)
No. 3: Achan—Robbing God Brings Dire Consequences (it-1 p. 41)

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AUGUST 11-17, 2014
“You Must Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
PAGE 17 • SONGS: 84, 72

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AUGUST 11-17, 2014
“You Must Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”
PAGE 9 • SONGS: 84, 72

All References Week Starting august 7



Theocratic Ministry School

No. 1: Numbers 9:9-23


No. 2: Once Saved Does Not Mean Always Saved (rs p. 358 ¶4–p. 359 ¶1)

rs p. 358 ¶4–p. 359 ¶1 Salvation
Jude 5, RS: “I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that he who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” (Italics added.)
Matt. 24:13, RS: “He who endures to the end will be saved.” (So a person’s final salvation is not determined at the moment that he begins to put faith in Jesus.)
Phil. 2:12, RS: “As you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (This was addressed to “the saints,” or holy ones, at Philippi, as stated in Philippians 1:1. Paul urged them not to be overly confident but to realize that their final salvation was not yet assured.)
Heb. 10:26, 27, RS: “If we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.” (Thus the Bible does not go along with the idea that no matter what sins a person may commit after he is “saved” he will not lose his salvation. It encourages faithfulness. See also Hebrews 6:4-6, where it is shown that even a person anointed with holy spirit can lose his hope of salvation.)

No. 3: Achan—Robbing God Brings Dire Consequences (it-1 p. 41)

it-1 p. 41 Achan
ACHAN
(A′chan) [related through a play on words to Achar, meaning “Bringer of Ostracism (Trouble)”].
The son of Carmi of the household of Zabdi of the family of Zerah of the tribe of Judah; also called Achar.—1Ch 2:7.
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, Jehovah explicitly commanded that the firstfruits of the conquest, the city of Jericho, “must become a thing devoted to destruction; . . . it belongs to Jehovah.” Its silver and gold were to be given to the treasury of Jehovah. (Jos 6:17, 19) Achan, however, upon finding a costly garment from Shinar and a 50-shekel gold bar (worth some $6,400) and 200 silver shekels ($440), secretly buried them beneath his tent. (Jos 7:21) Actually he had robbed God! Because of this violation of Jehovah’s explicit instructions, when the next city, Ai, was attacked Jehovah withheld his blessing, and Israel was put to flight. Who was guilty? No one confessed. All Israel was then put on trial. Tribe by tribe, then family by family of the tribe of Judah, and finally, man by man of the house of Zabdi, they passed before Jehovah until Achan “got to be picked.” (Jos 7:4-18) Only then did he admit his sin. Execution quickly followed. Achan, his family (who could hardly have been ignorant of what he had done), and his livestock were first stoned to death, and then burned with fire, together with all his possessions, in the Valley of Achor, meaning “Ostracism; Trouble.”—Jos 7:19-26.

Highlights of the Bible

Highlights From the Book of Numbers 7-9

Aug. 11 Bible reading: Numbers 7-9

*** w04 8/1 p. 24 par. 4 Highlights From the Book of Numbers ***
Following the census, the Israelites receive instructions regarding the order of march, details concerning the duties of Levites and tabernacle service, commands on quarantine, and laws relating to cases of jealousy and vows made by Nazirites. Chapter 7 contains information about offerings made by tribal chieftains in connection with the inauguration of the altar, and chapter 9 discusses the Passover observance. The assembly is also given instructions about setting up and breaking camp.

Lessons for Us:

8:25, 26. To fill the positions of the Levite service properly, and out of consideration for their age, older men were commanded to retire from compulsory service. However, they could volunteer to assist other Levites. While there is no retirement from being a Kingdom proclaimer today, the principle of this law teaches a valuable lesson. If because of advanced age a Christian cannot fulfill certain obligations, he may engage in a form of service that is within his power to perform.

*** w96 4/1 pp. 28-29 Always Throw Your Burden on Jehovah ***
Using a wagon to transport the Ark violated all the instructions that Jehovah had given regarding it. It was clearly stated that the only authorized bearers, the Kohathite Levites, should carry the Ark on their shoulders, using poles placed through the rings specially built into the Ark. (Exodus 25:13, 14; Numbers 4:15, 19; 7:7-9) Ignoring these instructions brought calamity. When the cattle pulling the wagon nearly caused it to tip over, Uzzah, who was likely a Levite but certainly not a priest, reached out to steady the Ark and was struck down by Jehovah for his irreverence.—2 Samuel 6:6, 7.

*** si p. 32 pars. 15-16 Bible Book Number 4—Numbers ***
15 Filling in some details from the previous month (Num. 7:1, 10; Ex. 40:17), Moses next tells of the contributions of materials made by the 12 chieftains of the people over a period of 12 days from the time of the inauguration of the altar. There was no competition or seeking of self-glory in it; each one contributed exactly what the others did. All must now keep in mind that over these chieftains, and over Moses himself, there is Jehovah God, who speaks instructions to Moses. They must never forget their relationship to Jehovah. The Passover is to remind them of Jehovah’s wondrous deliverance from Egypt, and they celebrate it here in the wilderness at the appointed time, one year after leaving Egypt.
16 In the same way that he had directed Israel’s movement out of Egypt, Jehovah continues to lead the nation in its travels by a cloud that covers the tabernacle of the tent of the Testimony by day and by the appearance of fire there by night. When the cloud moves, the nation moves. When the cloud remains over the tabernacle, the nation remains encamped, whether for a few days or a month or longer, for the account tells us: “At the order of Jehovah they would encamp, and at the order of Jehovah they would pull away. They kept their obligation to Jehovah at the order of Jehovah by means of Moses.” (Num. 9:23) As the time for departure from Sinai draws near, trumpet signals are arranged both to assemble the people and to direct the various divisions of the encampment on their wilderness trek.

*** hs chap. 2 p. 31 par. 32 Holy Spirit Active in the Invisible Heavenly Realm ***
32 This golden ark or chest was used as a receptacle for sacred articles. It had a cover surmounted by two golden cherubs with wings spread out to cover the mercy seat or propitiatory. When this ark was placed in the Most Holy of the tabernacle or temple, a miraculous light (the Shekinah light) appeared above the wings of the cherubs. (Exodus 25:10-22; 2 Kings 19:15) Thus Jehovah was represented as throning above the cherubs and giving instructions from there. Moses tells of his own experience in this regard, when he writes: “Now whenever Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with him, then he would hear the voice conversing with him from above the cover that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubs; and he would speak to him.”—Numbers 7:89.

*** w92 4/15 p. 12 par. 3 Jehovah’s Provision, the “Given Ones” ***
3 Jehovah told Moses: “Bring the tribe of Levi near . . . And they must take care of all the utensils of the tent of meeting . . . And you must give the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They are given ones [Hebrew, nethu•nim′], given to him from the sons of Israel.” (Numbers 3:6, 8, 9, 41) The Levites were “given” to Aaron to carry out duties in tabernacle service, so God could say: “They are given ones, given to me from among the sons of Israel.” (Numbers 8:16, 19; 18:6) Some Levites performed simple tasks; others received outstanding privileges, such as teaching God’s laws. (Numbers 1:50, 51; 1 Chronicles 6:48; 23:3, 4, 24-32; 2 Chronicles 35:3-5) Let us now shift our consideration to another “given” people and a modern parallel.

*** w13 12/15 p. 21 par. 19 ‘This Is to Be a Memorial for You’ ***
19 When the lamb was slaughtered for the Passover meal, the Israelites were not to break any of its bones. (Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:11, 12) What of “the Lamb of God” who came to provide the ransom? (John 1:29) He was impaled with a criminal on each side. The Jews asked Pilate that the bones of the impaled men be broken. This would hasten their death so that they would not be left on the stakes into Nisan 15, a double Sabbath. Soldiers broke the legs of the two impaled criminals, “but on coming to Jesus, as they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.” (John 19:31-34) That matched what was done with the Passover lamb, so this lamb was in that sense “a shadow” of what was to come on Nisan 14, 33 C.E. (Heb. 10:1) Moreover, the way things worked out fulfilled the words at Psalm 34:20, which should strengthen our confidence in prophecy.

*** w13 12/15 p. 19 ‘This Is to Be a Memorial for You’ ***
[Box on page 19]
WHAT PART OF THE DAY?
Jewish commentator Marcus Kalisch (1828-1885) wrote: “The same opinion has been more distinctly expressed by Ebn Ezra [noted Spanish rabbi, 1092-1167]: ‘We have two evenings; the first, the setting of the sun . . . and the second, the ceasing of the light which is reflected in the clouds; and between both lies an interval of about one hour and twenty minutes;’ and this explanation, which appears to be the most rational interpretation is also that of the Karaites and the Samaritans, and has been adopted by many others.” The view that the lamb was slaughtered at the start of Nisan 14 is consistent with the direction to the Israelites recorded at Deuteronomy 16:6 that “the passover” was to be sacrificed “in the evening as soon as the sun sets, at the appointed time of your coming out of Egypt.”—Ex. 30:8; Num. 9:3-5, 11.

*** w11 4/15 pp. 4-5 Do You Discern the Evidence of God’s Guidance? ***
Respond to God’s Guidance
How can we show that we appreciate God’s guidance? The apostle Paul said: “Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive.” (Heb. 13:17) Doing so may not always be easy. To illustrate: Put yourself in the place of an Israelite in Moses’ day. Imagine that after you have been walking for some time, the pillar comes to a halt. How long will it stay there? A day? A week? Several months? You wonder, ‘Is it worth unpacking all my possessions?’ First, you may unpack only the most necessary items. Yet, after a few days, frustrated at searching through your belongings, you begin to unpack everything. But then, just when you have about finished unpacking, you see the pillar lifting—and you have to start packing again! That would not be so easy or convenient. Still, the Israelites had to “pull away right afterward.”—Num. 9:17-22.
How, then, do we react when we receive divine direction? Do we try to apply it “right afterward”? Or do we continue doing things just as we have been accustomed to doing them? Are we familiar with up-to-date directions, such as those regarding conducting home Bible studies, preaching to foreign-speaking people, regularly sharing in family worship, cooperating with Hospital Liaison Committees, and conducting ourselves properly at conventions? We also show our appreciation for God’s guidance by accepting counsel. When faced with far-reaching decisions, we do not trust in our own wisdom but look to Jehovah and his organization for guidance. And just as a child seeks his parents’ protection when a storm rages, we seek protection in Jehovah’s organization when, like a thunderstorm, the problems of this world strike us.
Of course, those taking the lead in the earthly part of God’s organization are not perfect—but neither was Moses. Even so, the pillar provided constant evidence of his divine appointment and of God’s approval. Note, too, that it was not for each Israelite to determine when to start moving. Instead, the people acted “at the order of Jehovah by means of Moses.” (Num. 9:23) Thus Moses, God’s channel of direction, likely gave the signal to move.
Today, Jehovah’s steward class gives a clear signal whenever it is time to make a move. How does the steward do that? By means of articles in The Watchtower and Our Kingdom Ministry, new publications, and talks at assemblies and conventions. Instructions are also conveyed to the congregations through traveling overseers or through letters or training sessions attended by brothers having congregation responsibilities.

*** it-2 p. 183 Kohathite ***
The Kohathites other than Aaron and his sons were not allowed to see the utensils even for a moment or to touch the holy place, for doing so would mean death. (Nu 4:4-15, 20) Though Israel provided the Levites with cattle and wagons for transporting the tabernacle equipment, the Kohathites were not given any. Doubtless because of the sacredness of their burdens, they carried their loads on the shoulder. (Nu 7:2-9) They were the last of the Levites to pull away from an encampment.—Nu 10:17-21.

*** it-1 pp. 56-57 Age ***
An age limit was set for qualification to temple service, as was an age limit at which obligatory service ceased. Some have alleged a discrepancy in the statements at Numbers 4:3, 30, 31 and 8:24-26, since the age for beginning Levitical service is stated first as from 30 years of age and thereafter as from 25 years. However, the case seems to be that of two categories of service involved. Thus, certain rabbinic sources present the view that at the age of 25 a Levite was introduced into the tabernacle service but only to perform lighter tasks, and then, on reaching the full age of 30, he entered into the heavier tasks. They point out that the references to “the work” and “laborious service and the service of carrying loads” mentioned in Numbers 4:3, 47 do not appear at Numbers 8:24, where the age limit is 25. Others add the suggestion that those serving from the age of 30 years up had to do with the transporting of the tabernacle and its equipment when on the move, while those serving between the ages of 25 and 30 served only when the tabernacle was erected and standing at an encampment site.

*** w90 2/15 p. 14 pars. 21-22 From Seder to Salvation ***
21 The Hebrew day ran from sunset (about six o’clock) to the next sunset. God commanded that the Passover lamb be killed on Nisan 14 “between the two evenings.” (Exodus 12:6) When would that be? Modern Jews cling to the rabbinical view that the lamb was to be slaughtered near the end of Nisan 14, between the time when the sun began to descend (about three o’clock) and the actual sunset. As a result, they hold their Seder after sundown, when Nisan 15 has begun.—Mark 1:32.
22 We have good reason, however, to understand the expression differently. Deuteronomy 16:6 clearly told the Israelites to “slaughter the passover sacrifice, in the evening, at sundown.” (Jewish Tanakh version) This indicates that “between the two evenings” referred to the twilight period, from sunset (which begins Nisan 14) to actual darkness. The ancient Karaite Jews understood it this way, as do Samaritans down to today. Our accepting that the Passover lamb was sacrificed and eaten “at its appointed time” on Nisan 14, not on Nisan 15, is one reason why our Memorial date sometimes differs from the Jewish date.—Numbers 9:2-5.

*** w93 2/1 p. 31 Questions From Readers ***
Questions From Readers
If a Christian is sick or is traveling and thus not able to be at the Memorial celebration, should he celebrate it a month later?
In ancient Israel the Passover was held annually on the 14th day of the first month, named Nisan (or, Abib). But we find a special provision at Numbers 9:10, 11: “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘Although any man of you or of your generations should happen to be unclean by a soul or off on a distant journey, he too must prepare the passover sacrifice to Jehovah. In the second month [named Iyyar, or Ziv], on the fourteenth day between the two evenings, they should prepare it. Together with unfermented cakes and bitter greens they should eat it.’”
Notice that this did not establish two alternative dates for the Passover (Nisan 14 or Ziv 14), with any Israelite or household free to choose, depending on convenience. The provision of a Passover meal in the second month was limited. It was an exception for an Israelite who was ceremonially unclean on Nisan 14 or was at a great distance from where the regular celebration was held.
The only recorded instance of this being widely used was at the time when faithful King Hezekiah revived the observance of the Festival of Unfermented Cakes. There was no time to get ready for the first month (the priests not being ready nor the people gathered), so it was held on the 14th day of the second month.—2 Chronicles 29:17; 30:1-5.
Other than such exceptional circumstances, the Jews kept the Passover on the date that God designated. (Exodus 12:17-20, 41, 42; Leviticus 23:5) Jesus and his disciples celebrated as the Law required, not treating this date casually. Luke reports: “The day of the unfermented cakes now arrived, on which the passover victim must be sacrificed; and [Jesus] dispatched Peter and John, saying: ‘Go and get the passover ready for us to eat.’”—Luke 22:7, 8.

Service Meeting


Song 107
5 min: “1914-2014: One Hundred Years of Kingdom Rule!” Discussion. Have the paragraph at the top of this page read. Service Meeting parts this month will highlight the Kingdom. Review local arrangements for field service.
10 min: “Use the New Web Site Tract.” Discuss the contents of the tract. Have a demonstration of a publisher offering the tract and then using his electronic device to direct a person to jw.org.
15 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Confidently Speaking Up About the Kingdom.” Discussion. Have two publishers demonstrate the following scenario: Publisher is in line at a store. Person beside him looks at a news magazine and says: “This world is a mess! Everyone thinks that he has the answers, but things just get worse.” Publisher soliloquizes: ‘I should say something. I must speak up and tell him about the Kingdom!’ Publisher says: “I know—more bad news. But may I give you this tract? The Web site that it features has really helped me to find the answers to many of life’s big questions.” Publisher highlights one point from the tract, and the person expresses interest.
Song 92 and Prayer


Song 107

Come to Jehovah’s Mountain

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

5 min: “1914-2014: One Hundred Years of Kingdom Rule!” Discussion. 

Have the paragraph at the top of this page read. Service Meeting parts this month will highlight the Kingdom. Review local arrangements for field service.
1914-2014: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF KINGDOM RULE!
In 1922, J.F. Rutherford boldly proclaimed: “Behold, the King reigns! . . . Advertise, the King and his kingdom.” In this 100th year of Kingdom rule, his exclamation still fills us with excitement. Let us exert ourselves to make this August a historic month by helping others to learn about the Kingdom through our Web site!

10 min: “Use the New Web Site Tract.” 

Discuss the contents of the tract. Have a demonstration of a publisher offering the tract and then using his electronic device to direct a person to jw.org.

USE THE NEW WEB SITE TRACT

The tract is entitled Where Can We Find Answers to Life’s Big Questions? Three questions are raised on the back of the tract. When an opportunity arises, ask a person which question interests him the most and direct him to BIBLE TEACHINGS > BIBLE QUESTIONS ANSWERED on the Web site to find the answer. There he will also find answers to the questions: What is the Kingdom of God? And what will God’s Kingdom accomplish?
Keep copies of this tract on hand to help people learn what the Bible says about our wonderful future under God’s Kingdom.

15 min: “Improving Our Skills in the Ministry—Confidently Speaking Up About the Kingdom.”

 Discussion. Have two publishers demonstrate the following scenario: Publisher is in line at a store. Person beside him looks at a news magazine and says: “This world is a mess! Everyone thinks that he has the answers, but things just get worse.” Publisher soliloquizes: ‘I should say something. I must speak up and tell him about the Kingdom!’ Publisher says: “I know—more bad news. But may I give you this tract? The Web site that it features has really helped me to find the answers to many of life’s big questions.” Publisher highlights one point from the tract, and the person expresses interest.

IMPROVING OUR SKILLS IN THE MINISTRY—CONFIDENTLY SPEAKING UP ABOUT THE KINGDOM

Why Important: If we are to follow the clear direction given at 2 Timothy 1:7, 8, it is important that we confidently speak up about the Kingdom. How can we gain confidence to advertise the Kingdom?
^ (2 Tim. 1:7, 8) For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but one of power and of love and of soundness of mind. 8 So do not become ashamed either of the witness about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for his sake, but take your part in suffering adversity for the good news by relying on the power of God.

How to Do It:

• Have empathy for people. (Phil. 2:4) Many are distressed over world conditions or personal problems. Our having empathy motivates us to tell them about the Kingdom.
• Before leaving the house, take a few tracts with you.
• ^ (Phil. 2:4) as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Try This During the Month:

Choose a person to whom you would like to witness. Pray to Jehovah for courage and the opportunity to speak up.

Song 92

“Preach the Word”

(2 Timothy 4:2)
1. God has commanded us this day;
He has given us a charge to obey.
At all times, be ready to impart
The reason for the hope within your heart.
(CHORUS)
So preach the Word,
Oh, how vital that all hear!
Preach the Word,
As this system’s end draws near.
Preach the Word,
Help the meek to understand.
Preach the Word,
Throughout the land!
2. Seasons of trouble we will face;
Opposition may bring shame and disgrace.
Though preaching may out of season seem,
Our trust is in our God, who is supreme.
(CHORUS)
So preach the Word,
Oh, how vital that all hear!
Preach the Word,
As this system’s end draws near.
Preach the Word,
Help the meek to understand.
Preach the Word,
Throughout the land!
3. Seasons of favor we will see,
And the need for us to teach, there will be.
The way to salvation we proclaim
And help to sanctify Jehovah’s name.
(CHORUS)
So preach the Word,
Oh, how vital that all hear!
Preach the Word,
As this system’s end draws near.
Preach the Word,
Help the meek to understand.
Preach the Word,
Throughout the land!
(See also Matt. 10:7; 24:14; Acts 10:42; 1 Pet. 3:15.)

Congregation Bible Study

Chapter 11. “All His Ways Are Justice”


References and Scriptures


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Deuteronomy 32:3, 4 I will declare the name of Jehovah. Tell about the greatness of our God! 4 The Rock, perfect is his activity,For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness who is never unjust;Righteous and upright is he.
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Psalm 116:5 is compassionate and righteous;Our God is merciful.
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Romans 5:12 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—.
Nehemiah 9:17 refused to listen, and they did not remember your extraordinary acts that you performed among them, but they became stubborn and appointed a head to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, compassionate and merciful, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love, and you did not abandon them.
Romans 3:21-26 now apart from law God’s righteousness has been revealed, as the Law and the Prophets bear witness, 22 yes, God’s righteousness through the faith in Jesus Christ, for all those having faith. For there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and it is as a free gift that they are being declared righteous by his undeserved kindness through the release by the ransom paid by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as an offering for propitiation through faith in his blood. This was to demonstrate his own righteousness, because God in his forbearance was forgiving the sins that occurred in the past. 26 This was to demonstrate his own righteousness in this present season, so that he might be righteous even when declaring righteous the man who has faith in Jesus.
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Psalm 37:28 Jehovah loves justice,And he will not abandon his loyal ones. ע [Ayin] They will always be guarded;But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.
Proverbs 2:7, 8 treasures up practical wisdom for the upright;He is a shield for those walking in integrity. 8 He watches over the paths of justice,And he will guard the way of his loyal ones.
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Deuteronomy 24:17-21 must not pervert the judgment of the foreign resident or of the fatherless child, and you must not seize the garment of a widow as security for a loan. 18 Remember that you became a slave in Egypt, and Jehovah your God redeemed you from there. That is why I am commanding you to do this. 19 “When you reap your harvest from your field and you have forgotten a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. It should be left for the foreign resident, the fatherless child, and the widow, so that Jehovah your God may bless you in all that you do. 20 “When you beat your olive tree, you should not repeat the procedure on its branches. What is left should remain for the foreign resident, the fatherless child, and the widow. 21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you must not return to gather the leftovers. They should be left for the foreign resident, the fatherless child, and the widow.
Deuteronomy 10:18 executes justice for the fatherless child and the widow and loves the foreign resident, giving him food and clothing.
Psalm 68:5 father of the fatherless and a protector of widowsIs God in his holy dwelling.
Exodus 22:22-24 must not afflict any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict him at all, so that he cries out to me, I will unfailingly hear his outcry; 24 and my anger will blaze, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives will become widows, and your children will be fatherless.
Psalm 103:6 acts with righteousness and justiceFor all who are oppressed.
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Deuteronomy 10:17 Jehovah your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the God great, mighty, and awe-inspiring, who treats none with partiality and does not accept a bribe.
Acts 10:34, 35 this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial, 35 but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

“Watchtower” Study

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) JUNE 2014

“You Must Love Your Neighbor as Yourself”

“The second [commandment] is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’”—MATT. 22:39.

HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND?

• Who really is our neighbor?
• Why do you believe that we can and should display love for our neighbor?
• What are some aspects of love that are covered at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8?


Only References and Scriptures


Matthew 22:34-39;Luke 10:29-37;John 4:9;Matthew 20:2;2 Timothy 3:1-3;Romans 15:4;Matthew 24:14;Romans 15:13;Matthew 7:12;Isaiah 56:1-2;Exodus 23:5;Matthew 5:43-45;Romans 12:20;Proverbs 25:21;Hebrews 12:14;Matthew 5:23-24;Matthew 7:1-5;Luke 8:1;Matthew 28:19-20;Matthew 7:13-14;Matthew 5:3;Romans 1:1;2 Corinthians 5:18-19;1 Corinthians 6:9-11;Acts 13:48;1 Corinthians 13:4-8;Proverbs 21:4;Philippians 2:4;1 Thessalonians 5:15;Leviticus 19:18;Proverbs 24:17-18;1 Peter 3:15;Matthew 22:39;Romans 8:26-27;James 2:8;Romans 13:8-10;Matthew 5:43-45
(Matthew 22:34-39) 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. 39The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
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(Luke 10:29-37) But wanting to prove himself righteous, the man said to Jesus: “Who really is my neighbor?” 30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jer′i•cho and fell victim to robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went off, leaving him half-dead. 31Now by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32Likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the opposite side. 33But a certain Sa•mar′i•tan traveling the road came upon him, and at seeing him, he was moved with pity. 34So he approached him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he mounted him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two de•nar′i•i, gave them to the innkeeper, and said: ‘Take care of him, and whatever you spend besides this, I will repay you when I return.’ 36Who of these three seems to you to have made himself neighbor to the man who fell victim to the robbers?” 37He said: “The one who acted mercifully toward him.” Jesus then said to him: “Go and do the same yourself.”
(John 4:9) So the Sa•mar′i•tan woman said to him: “How is it that you, despite being a Jew, ask me for a drink even though I am a Sa•mar′i•tan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Sa•mar′i•tans.)
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(Matthew 20:2) After he had agreed with the workers for a de•nar′i•us a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
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(2 Timothy 3:1-3) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,
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(Romans 15:4) For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.
(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 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.
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(Matthew 7:12) “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them. This, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.
(Isaiah 56:1-2) This is what Jehovah says: “Uphold justice, and do what is righteous, For my salvation will soon come And my righteousness will be revealed. 2Happy is the man who does this And the son of man who holds fast to it, Who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it And who holds his hand back from any kind of evil.
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(Exodus 23:5) If you see that the donkey of someone who hates you has fallen under its load, you must not ignore it and leave. You must help him release the animal.
(Matthew 5:43-45) “You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.
(Romans 12:20) But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.”
(Proverbs 25:21) If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
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(Hebrews 12:14) Pursue peace with all people and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord.
(Matthew 5:23-24) “If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away. First make your peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift.
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(Matthew 7:1-5) “Stop judging that you may not be judged; 2for with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged, and with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you. 3Why, then, do you look at the straw in your brother’s eye but do not notice the rafter in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Allow me to remove the straw from your eye,’ when look! a rafter is in your own eye? 5Hypocrite! First remove the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the straw from your brother’s eye.
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(Luke 8:1) Shortly afterward he traveled from city to city and from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the Kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with him,
(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.”
(Matthew 7:13-14) “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.
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(Matthew 5:3) “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.
(Romans 1:1) Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus and called to be an apostle, set apart for God’s good news,
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19) But all things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of the reconciliation, 19namely, that God was by means of Christ reconciling a world to himself, not counting their offenses against them, and he entrusted to us the message of the reconciliation.
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(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, 10thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom. 11And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.
(Acts 13:48) When those of the nations heard this, they began to rejoice and to glorify the word of Jehovah, and all those who were rightly disposed for everlasting life became believers.
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(1 Corinthians 13:4-8) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails. But if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away with; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
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(Proverbs 21:4) Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart —The lamp that guides the wicked is sin.
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(Philippians 2:4) as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
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(1 Thessalonians 5:15) See that no one repays injury for injury to anyone, but always pursue what is good toward one another and to all others.
(Leviticus 19:18) “‘You must not take vengeance nor hold a grudge against the sons of your people, and you must love your fellow man as yourself. I am Jehovah.
(Proverbs 24:17-18) When your enemy falls, do not rejoice, And when he stumbles, do not let your heart be joyful; 18Otherwise, Jehovah will see and be displeased, And He will turn away his anger from him.
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(1 Peter 3:15) But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect.
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(Matthew 22:39) The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
(Romans 8:26-27) In like manner, the spirit also joins in with help for our weakness; for the problem is that we do not know what we should pray for as we need to, but the spirit itself pleads for us with unuttered groanings. 27But the one who searches the hearts knows what the meaning of the spirit is, because it is pleading in harmony with God for the holy ones.
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(James 2:8) If, now, you carry out the royal law according to the scripture, “You must love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing quite well.
(Romans 13:8-10) Do not owe anything to anyone except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. 9For the law code, “You must not commit adultery, you must not murder, you must not steal, you must not covet,” and whatever other commandment there is, is summed up in this saying: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does not work evil to one’s neighbor; therefore, love is the law’s fulfillment.
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(Matthew 5:43-45) “You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may prove yourselves sons of your Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise on both the wicked and the good and makes it rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.

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