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km 9/14 p. 2 Schedule for Week of September 15
WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 15
Song 105 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 13 ¶1-10 (30 min.)
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Numbers 26-29 (10 min.)
No. 1: Numbers 27:15–28:10 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: God Did Not Create the Devil—rs p. 363 ¶2 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adam—The Terrible Consequences of Sin—it-1 p. 45 ¶7–p. 46 ¶1 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Song 11
15 min: What Have We Accomplished? Talk by the service overseer. Review the congregation’s activity during the past service year, including the special campaign in August. Focus on the good things that were accomplished, and give appropriate commendation. Invite the audience to relate any good experiences they had during August, and interview a publisher who expanded his ministry. Conclude by mentioning one or two aspects of the ministry that the congregation can work on during the coming year, and offer practical suggestions for improvement.
15 min: “Take as a Pattern the Prophets—Nahum.” Questions and answers.
Song 46 and Prayer
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SEPTEMBER 15-21, 2014
“You Are My Witnesses”
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SEPTEMBER 15-21, 2014
“You Are My Witnesses”
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All References Week Starting september 15


Congregation Bible Study ▲

 
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Psalm 119:97 I do love your law! I ponder over it all day long.
 
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James 4:12 is only one who is Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and to destroy. But you, who are you to be judging your neighbor?
Job 38:33 you know the laws governing the heavens,Or can you impose their authority on the earth?
Psalm 104:4 makes his angels spirits,His ministers a consuming fire.
Hebrews 1:7 he says about the angels: “He makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
Hebrews 1:14 they not all spirits for holy service, sent out to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?
 
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Romans 2:14 when people of the nations, who do not have law, do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves.
Genesis 2:15-17 God took the man and settled him in the garden of E′den to cultivate it and to take care of it. 16 Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 6:22 Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. He did just so.
Genesis 9:3-6 moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. Just as I gave you the green vegetation, I give them all to you. 4 Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat. 5 Besides that, I will demand an accounting for your lifeblood. I will demand an accounting from every living creature; and from each man I will demand an accounting for the life of his brother. 6 Anyone shedding man’s blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God’s image He made man.
Genesis 18:19 I have come to know him in order that he may command his sons and his household after him to keep Jehovah’s way by doing what is right and just, so that Jehovah may bring about what he has promised concerning Abraham.”
Genesis 26:4, 5 will multiply your offspring like the stars of the heavens; and I will give to your offspring all these lands; and by means of your offspring, all nations of the earth will obtain a blessing for themselves,’ 5 on account of the fact that Abraham listened to my voice and continued to keep my requirements, my commands, my statutes, and my laws.”
 
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Deuteronomy 6:4, 5 O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. 5 You must love Jehovah your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength.
Deuteronomy 11:13 if you will diligently obey my commandments that I am commanding you today and love Jehovah your God and serve him with all your heart and all your soul,
 
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Exodus 20:12 your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that Jehovah your God is giving you.
Exodus 22:28 must not curse God nor curse a chieftain among your people.
Deuteronomy 1:16, 17 that time I instructed your judges, ‘When you hear a case between your brothers, you are to judge with righteousness between a man and his brother or a foreign resident. 17 You must not be partial in judgment. You should hear the small one the same as the great one. You must not become intimidated by men, for the judgment belongs to God; and if a case is too difficult for you, you should present it to me, and I will hear it.’
Deuteronomy 17:8-20 a case arises in one of your cities that is too difficult for you to judge, whether it is a case involving bloodshed or a legal claim that has been raised or a violent deed that has been committed or other matters of dispute, you should rise up and go to the place that Jehovah your God chooses. 9 Go to the Levitical priests and to the judge serving in those days, and make your inquiry, and they will hand down the decision to you. 10 Then you must act according to the decision that they hand down to you from the place that Jehovah chooses. Be careful to do according to all that they instruct you. 11 You must act according to the law that they show you and according to the decision that they declare to you. Do not deviate from the decision that they will hand down to you, either to the right or to the left. 12 The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who is ministering to Jehovah your God or to the judge must die. You must remove what is bad from Israel. 13 All the people will then hear and become afraid, and they will not act presumptuously anymore. 14 “When you enter the land that Jehovah your God is giving you and you have taken possession of it and are living in it, and you say, ‘Let me appoint a king over myself like all the nations around me,’ 15 in that case, you should without fail appoint a king whom Jehovah your God chooses. You should appoint a king from among your brothers. You are forbidden to appoint over yourself a foreigner who is not your brother. 16 However, he should not acquire many horses for himself or make the people go back to Egypt in order to obtain more horses, since Jehovah told you, ‘You must never go back again by this way.’ 17 Neither should he take many wives for himself, so that his heart may not go astray; nor should he acquire vast amounts of silver and gold for himself. 18 When he takes his seat on the throne of his kingdom, he must write for himself in a book a copy of this Law, taken from the one kept by the Levitical priests. 19 “It is to remain with him, and he must read from it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God and observe all the words of this Law and these regulations by carrying them out. 20 Thus his heart will not exalt itself above his brothers, and he will not deviate from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he may remain a long time over his kingdom, he and his sons in the midst of Israel.
Deuteronomy 19:16, 17 a malicious witness testifies against a man and charges him with some transgression, 17 the two men who have the dispute will stand before Jehovah, the priests and the judges who will be serving in those days.
 
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Leviticus 12:2-4 the Israelites, ‘If a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male, she will be unclean for seven days, just as she is in the days of the impurity when she is menstruating. 3 On the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin will be circumcised. 4 She will continue cleansing herself from the blood for the next 33 days. She should not touch any holy thing, and she should not come into the holy place until she fulfills the days of her purification.
Leviticus 15:16-18 if a man has an emission of semen, he should bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until the evening. 17 He must wash with water any garment and any skin with semen on it, and it will be unclean until the evening. 18 “‘When a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, they should bathe in water and be unclean until the evening.
Genesis 1:28 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 2:18-25 Jehovah God said: “It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.” 19 Now Jehovah God had been forming from the ground every wild animal of the field and every flying creature of the heavens, and he began bringing them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name. 20 So the man named all the domestic animals and the flying creatures of the heavens and every wild animal of the field, but for man there was no helper as a complement of him. 21 So Jehovah God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and then closed up the flesh over its place. 22 And Jehovah God built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman, and he brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said: “This is at last bone of my bonesAnd flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman,Because from man she was taken.” 24 That is why a man will leave his father and his mother and he will stick to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25 And both of them continued to be naked, the man and his wife; yet they were not ashamed.
 
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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—.
Psalm 51:5 I was born guilty of error,And my mother conceived me in sin.
 

Theocratic Ministry School ▲

No. 1: Numbers 27:15–28:10 (4 min. or less)

(Numbers 27:15-28:10) Moses said to Jehovah: 16 “Let Jehovah, the God of the spirit of all people, appoint over the assembly a man 17 who will go out and come in before them and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that Jehovah’s assembly may not become like sheep that have no shepherd.” 18 So Jehovah said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19 Then stand him before El•e•a′zar the priest and before all the assembly, and you must commission him before their eyes. 20 You are to confer some of your authority on him, so that all the assembly of the Israelites may listen to him. 21 He 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.” 22 So 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, 23 and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as Jehovah had spoken through Moses. 28 Jehovah next said to Moses: 2 “Command the Israelites and tell them, ‘You should take care that you present to me my offering, my bread. My offerings by fire as a pleasing aroma to me must be made at their appointed times.’ 3 “And say to them, ‘This is the offering made by fire that you will present to Jehovah: two sound year-old male lambs a day as a burnt offering regularly. 4 The one male lamb you will offer in the morning, and the other male lamb you will offer at twilight, 5 together with a tenth of an e′phah of fine flour mixed with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil as a grain offering. 6 It is a regular burnt offering, which was established at Mount Si′nai as a pleasing aroma, an offering made by fire to Jehovah, 7 along with its drink offering, a fourth of a hin for each male lamb. Pour out the alcoholic drink in the holy place as a drink offering to Jehovah. 8 And you will offer the other male lamb at twilight. With the same grain offering as that made in the morning and with its same drink offering, you will present it as an offering made by fire as a pleasing aroma to Jehovah. 9 “‘However, on the Sabbath day, the offering should be two sound year-old male lambs and two tenths of an e′phah measure of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, together with its drink offering. 10 This is the burnt offering for the Sabbath, along with the regular burnt offering and its drink offering.

No. 2: God Did Not Create the Devil—rs p. 363 ¶2 (5 min.)

rs p. 363 ¶2 Satan the Devil
All of Jehovah’s works are perfect; he is not the author of unrighteousness; so he did not create anyone wicked. (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 5:4) The one who became Satan was originally a perfect spirit son of God. When saying that the Devil “did not stand fast in the truth,” Jesus indicated that at one time that one was “in the truth.” (John 8:44) But, as is true of all of God’s intelligent creatures, this spirit son was endowed with free will. He abused his freedom of choice, allowed feelings of self-importance to develop in his heart, began to crave worship that belonged only to God, and so enticed Adam and Eve to listen to him rather than obey God. Thus by his course of action he made himself Satan, which means “adversary.”—Jas. 1:14, 15; see also page 372, under the heading “Sin.”

No. 3: Adam—The Terrible Consequences of Sin—it-1 p. 45 ¶7–p. 46 ¶1 (5 min.)

it-1 p. 45 ¶7–p. 46 ¶1 Adam
Results of Sin. Eve was thoroughly deceived by Satan the Devil, but “Adam was not deceived,” says the apostle Paul. (1Ti 2:14) With full knowledge Adam willfully and deliberately chose to disobey and then as a criminal he tried to hide. When brought to trial, instead of showing sorrow or regret or asking for forgiveness, Adam attempted to justify himself and pass the responsibility off on others, even blaming Jehovah for his own willful sin. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and so I ate.” (Ge 3:7-12) So Adam was cast out of Eden into an unsubdued earth that was cursed to produce thorns and thistles, there to sweat out an existence, harvesting the bitter fruits of his sin. Outside the garden, awaiting death, Adam fathered sons and daughters, the names of only three being preserved—Cain, Abel, and Seth. To all of his children Adam passed on hereditary sin and death, since he himself was sinful.—Ge 3:23; 4:1, 2, 25.
This was the tragic start Adam gave the human race. Paradise, happiness, and everlasting life were forfeited, and in their place sin, suffering, and death were acquired through disobedience. “Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.” “Death ruled as king from Adam down.” (Ro 5:12, 14) But Jehovah in his wisdom and love provided a “second man,” “the last Adam,” who is the Lord Jesus Christ. By means of this obedient “Son of God” the way was opened up whereby descendants of the disobedient “first man Adam” could regain Paradise and everlasting life, the church or congregation of Christ even gaining heavenly life. “For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”—Joh 3:16, 18; Ro 6:23; 1Co 15:22, 45, 47.
After sinner Adam’s expulsion from Eden he lived to see the murder of his own son, banishment of his killer-son, abuse of the marriage arrangement, and profanation of Jehovah’s sacred name. He witnessed the building of a city, the development of musical instruments, and the forging of tools out of iron and copper. He watched and was condemned by the example of Enoch, “the seventh one in line from Adam,” one who “kept walking with the true God.” He even lived to see Noah’s father Lamech of the ninth generation. Finally, after 930 years, most of which was spent in the slow process of dying, Adam returned to the ground from which he was taken, in the year 3096 B.C.E., just as Jehovah had said.—Ge 4:8-26; 5:5-24; Jude 14; see LAMECH No. 2.

Highlights of the Bible ▲

Highlights From the Book of Numbers 26-29

*** g03 11/8 p. 27 When Loved Ones Do Not Share Your Faith ***
Reasonableness Is Vital
Of course, the Bible warns against bad association, and this influence could come from one’s immediate relatives. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Many faithful servants of God in the past stood up for what is right even though their parents disagreed. This evidently was true of Korah’s sons. (Numbers 16:32, 33; 26:10, 11) True Christians should not compromise their faith to please others, not even their relatives.—Acts 5:29.
In some situations parents or other loved ones vehemently fight against the beliefs of a Christian. Some may even become enemies of true Christianity. In such cases Christians take reasonable steps to protect their spirituality. Jesus aptly said: “A man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.”—Matthew 10:36, 37.

*** g92 10/22 pp. 20-21 What if My Parent Has Disgraced Us? ***
The sons of Korah set a similar example. Prior to the nation of Israel’s entry to the Promised Land, Korah, a prominent Levite, led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. The revolt, however, was quickly squashed when Korah and his followers were executed by an earthquake and by fire from heaven. Interestingly, though, Korah’s sons survived. (Numbers 26:9-11) It seems that they did not side with their father in this rebellion. No doubt these sons of Korah felt disgraced by their father’s wicked course. But Jehovah blessed Korah’s descendants because they stuck to his Law. Among the most beautiful expressions found in the Bible are words penned by the sons of Korah.—See Psalms 45, 48, 84, 85, 87, and 88.
Like Josiah, Hezekiah, and the sons of Korah, many Christian youths today have proved to be different from wayward parents. Consider a teenager we will call Maxwell. His parents were once faithful Witnesses of Jehovah but became apostate opposers of Christianity. On one occasion his parents carried banners and demonstrated outside the grounds of a Christian convention that Maxwell was attending. “It was very embarrassing,” he explains. “Some who didn’t know that they were my parents said to me, ‘Have you seen those stupid apostates outside?’” However, Maxwell did not follow his parents’ rebellious course. And with the support of faithful family members and other Christian associates, he has been able to cope with feelings of embarrassment and shame.

*** w13 6/15 pp. 10-11 pars. 14-15 Appreciate Jehovah’s Qualities to the Full ***
14 The five sisters approached Moses and asked him: “Why should the name of our father be taken away from the midst of his family because he had no son?” They pleaded: “O give us a possession in the midst of our father’s brothers.” Did Moses react by saying, ‘There are no exceptions to the rule’? No, he “presented their case before Jehovah.” (Num. 27:2-5) What was the response? Jehovah told Moses: “The daughters of Zelophehad are speaking right. By all means you should give them the possession of an inheritance in the midst of their father’s brothers, and you must cause their father’s inheritance to pass to them.” Jehovah went further. He turned the exception into a rule, instructing Moses: “In case any man should die without his having a son, you must then cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter.” (Num. 27:6-8; Josh. 17:1-6) From then on, all Israelite women who faced the same plight would be protected.
15 What a kind and impartial decision that was! Jehovah treated these women, who were in a vulnerable position, with dignity, as he did Israelites who had more favorable circumstances. (Ps. 68:5) This is just one of many Bible accounts that illustrate this heartwarming truth: Jehovah treats all of his servants with impartiality.—1 Sam. 16:1-13; Acts 10:30-35, 44-48.

*** w13 2/1 p. 5 Moses—A Man of Humility ***
WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FOR US? We never want to let power, authority, or natural ability go to our head. Remember: In order to be useful to Jehovah, our humility should always exceed our ability. (1 Samuel 15:17) When we are truly humble, we will strive to apply the Bible’s wise advice: “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding.”—Proverbs 3:5, 6.
Moses’ example also teaches us not to place too much importance on our status or authority.
Do we benefit from imitating Moses’ example of humility? Without question! When we cultivate genuine humility, we make life easier for the people around us, endearing ourselves to them. More important, we endear ourselves to Jehovah God, who himself displays this beautiful quality. (Psalm 18:35) “God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones.” (1 Peter 5:5) What a compelling reason to imitate the humility of Moses!

*** w07 4/1 p. 17 Offering Sacrifices That Please God ***
Offerings and Sacrifices in True Worship
When the nation of Israel was formed, Jehovah gave explicit instructions about the way he wanted the Israelites to worship him, and this included offerings and sacrifices. (Numbers, chapters 28 and 29) Some of the offerings were of the fruit of the earth; others involved sacrificing such animals as bulls, sheep, goats, pigeons, and turtledoves. (Leviticus 1:3, 5, 10, 14; 23:10-18; Numbers 15:1-7; 28:7) There were whole burnt offerings that were to be entirely consumed in fire. (Exodus 29:38-42) There were also communion sacrifices, in which those who offered them participated by eating from that which was sacrificed to God.—Leviticus 19:5-8.
All the offerings and sacrifices that were made to God under the Mosaic Law were a way of worshipping God and recognizing him as the Sovereign of the universe. Through such sacrifices, the Israelites expressed their gratitude to Jehovah for his blessing and protection as well as gained forgiveness for their sins. As long as they were faithful in observing Jehovah’s requirements for worship, they were greatly blessed.—Proverbs 3:9, 10.

*** w07 1/1 pp. 24-25 par. 17 “You Must Become Nothing but Joyful” ***
17 It is noteworthy that during this ancient festival, 70 bulls were offered. (Numbers 29:12-34) The number 70 represents 7 multiplied by 10, numbers that in the Bible represent heavenly and earthly perfection. Hence, the sacrifice of Jesus will benefit faithful ones from all 70 families of mankind that descended from Noah. (Genesis 10:1-29) In harmony with that, in our time the ingathering has widened out to include individuals from all nations who exercise faith in Jesus and have the hope of living on a paradise earth.

*** w78 9/1 p. 14 The Sermon on the Mount—“When Fasting, Grease Your Head” ***
Fasting was not mentioned specifically in God’s law through Moses. But the Law did command that on the Day of Atonement the Israelites “afflict” themselves, which is understood to mean fasting. (Lev. 23:27; Num. 29:7; see also Leviticus 16:29-31, Jerusalem Bible; compare Psalm 35:13; Isaiah 58:3, 5.) Though this was the only public fast required by the Mosaic law, the Israelites observed many others. They fasted publicly on anniversaries of national disasters and during times of drought, scarcity of crops, pestilence and war.—Zech. 7:5; 8:19.
JESUS’ COUNSEL ON FASTING
Jesus began his counsel about abstinence from food by saying: “When you are fasting, stop becoming sad-faced like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting.”—Matt. 6:16a.
Jesus never commanded his disciples to fast, and they were known as not doing so on any regular basis. (Matt. 9:14, 15) On the other hand, the Son of God did not direct his followers to avoid the practice altogether. The expression, “when you are fasting,” indicates that some of his disciples would fast on special occasions.—See Acts 13:2, 3; 14:23.

*** it-2 p. 525 Offerings ***
Burnt offerings. Burnt offerings were presented in their entirety to God; no part of the animal being retained by the worshiper. (Compare Jg 11:30, 31, 39, 40.) They constituted an appeal to Jehovah to accept, or to signify acceptance of, the sin offering that sometimes accompanied them. As a “burnt offering” Jesus Christ gave himself wholly, fully.
Occasions for burnt offerings, and their features:
(1) Regular times offered: Every morning and evening (Ex 29:38-42; Le 6:8-13; Nu 28:3-8); every Sabbath day (Nu 28:9, 10); first day of month (Nu 10:10); Passover and seven days of Festival of Unfermented Cakes (Le 23:6-8; Nu 28:16-19, 24); Day of Atonement (Le 16:3, 5, 29, 30; Nu 29:7-11); Pentecost (Le 23:16-18; Nu 28:26-31); each day of Festival of Booths.—Nu 29:12-39.

*** si p. 34 par. 29 Bible Book Number 4—Numbers ***
29 Jehovah now commands Moses and Eleazar to take a census of the people again, as had been done nearly 39 years earlier at Mount Sinai. The final count shows that there has been no increase in their ranks. On the contrary, there are 1,820 fewer men registered. None remain that had been registered at Sinai for army service, except Joshua and Caleb. As Jehovah had indicated would happen, all of them had died in the wilderness. Jehovah next gives instructions concerning the division of the land as an inheritance. He repeats that Moses will not enter the Land of Promise because of his failure to sanctify Jehovah at the waters of Meribah. (20:13; 27:14, footnotes) Joshua is commissioned as successor to Moses.

*** it-1 pp. 358-359 Boundary ***
Israel’s Tribal Boundaries. (MAP, Vol. 1, p. 744) At the time of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh had been granted the right to receive their inheritance of land “from the side of the Jordan toward the sunrising.” (Nu 32:1-5, 19, 33-42; 34:14, 15; Jos 13:8-13, 15-32) Following six years of warfare in subduing the Canaanites, the time came for determining the tribal boundaries W of the Jordan for the other nine tribes and the remaining half tribe of Manasseh. Joshua, Eleazar the priest, and one chieftain out of each tribe were appointed by Jehovah to serve as a land committee overseeing the distribution. (Nu 34:13-29; Jos 14:1) The procedure followed was according to God’s earlier command to Moses: “According to the great number you should increase one’s inheritance, and according to the fewness you should reduce one’s inheritance. Each one’s inheritance should be given in proportion to his registered ones. Only by the lot should the land be apportioned.”—Nu 26:52-56; 33:53, 54.
It thus appears that the distribution of the land among the tribes was governed by two factors: the result of the casting of the lot, and the size of the tribe. The lot may have established only the approximate location of the land inheritance each tribe would have, thus designating an inheritance in one section or another of the land, such as to the N or S, E or W, along the coastal plain, or in the mountainous region. The decision of the lot proceeded from Jehovah and hence would serve to prevent jealousy or quarreling among the tribes. (Pr 16:33) By this means God would also guide matters so that the situation of each tribe would fall in accordance with the inspired deathbed prophecy of the patriarch Jacob recorded at Genesis 49:1-33.
After the casting of the lot had determined the geographic location of a tribe, it would then be necessary to determine the extent of its territory on the basis of the second factor: its proportionate size. “You must apportion the land to yourselves as a possession by lot according to your families. To the populous one you should increase his inheritance, and to the sparse one you should reduce his inheritance. To where the lot will come out for him, there it will become his.” (Nu 33:54) The decision of the lot as to the basic geographic location would stand, but adjustment could be made as to the size of the inheritance. Thus, when Judah’s territory was found to be too large, its land area was reduced by assigning portions of it to the tribe of Simeon.—Jos 19:9.
The increasing or decreasing of the inheritance does not seem to have been merely on the basis of land area, for the tribe of Dan, though second most populous, received one of the smaller portions as to actual dimensions. Other factors, such as the number of cities, the type of land, and the quality of the soil, may have been considered.—Compare Jos 17:14-18.

*** w02 12/1 p. 12 What Joshua Remembered ***
Commissioned as Moses’ Successor
When Moses’ death drew near, he asked God to appoint his successor so that Israel might not become “like sheep that have no shepherd.” Jehovah’s response? Joshua, “a man in whom there is spirit,” was to be commissioned before all the assembly. They were to listen to him. What a recommendation! Jehovah had seen Joshua’s faith and ability. Israel’s leadership could not have been entrusted to more qualified hands. (Numbers 27:15-20) Still, Moses knew that Joshua faced enormous challenges. So Moses urged his successor to be “courageous and strong,” for Jehovah would continue with him.—Deuteronomy 31:7, 8.

*** it-2 p. 528 Offerings ***
Drink offerings. Drink offerings were presented along with most of the other offerings, especially after the Israelites had settled in the Promised Land. (Nu 15:2, 5, 8-10) This consisted of wine (“intoxicating liquor”) and was poured out on the altar. (Nu 28:7, 14; compare Ex 30:9; Nu 15:10.)

*** gt chap. 31 Plucking Grain on the Sabbath ***
Providing another example, Jesus says: “Have you not read in the Law that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple treat the sabbath as not sacred and continue guiltless?” Yes, even on the Sabbath the priests carry on butchering and other work at the temple in preparing animal sacrifices! “But I tell you,” Jesus says, “that something greater than the temple is here.”

*** it-2 p. 598 Pentecost ***
There is a slight difference in description of the other offerings (aside from the communion offering) in the account at Numbers 28:27-30. Instead of seven lambs, one young bull, two rams, and one kid of the goats, as at Leviticus 23:18, 19, it calls for seven lambs, two young bulls, one ram, and one kid of the goats. Jewish commentators say that the passage in Leviticus refers to the sacrifice to accompany the wave loaves, and the one in Numbers to the properly appointed sacrifice of the festival, so that both were offered. Supporting this, Josephus, in describing the sacrifices on Pentecost day, first mentions the two lambs of the communion offering, then combines the remaining offerings, enumerating three calves, two rams (evidently a transcriber’s error for three), 14 lambs, and two kids. (Jewish Antiquities, III, 253 [x, 6]) The day was a holy convention, a sabbath day.—Le 23:21; Nu 28:26.

*** it-1 p. 765 Ethanim ***
Ethanim was also a month of festivals. The first day was the “day of the trumpet blast.” (Le 23:24; Nu 29:1) Since each new moon was normally announced with a trumpet blast, this day likely was one of additional or extensive trumpeting. (Nu 10:10)

*** it-1 p. 213 Atonement Day ***
The Atonement Day was a time of holy convention and of fasting, as is indicated by the fact that the people were then to ‘afflict their souls.’ This was the only fast enjoined under the Mosaic Law. It was also a sabbath, a time to abstain from regular labors.—Le 16:29-31; 23:26-32; Nu 29:7; Ac 27:9.

Service Meeting ▲


Song 11
15 min: What Have We Accomplished? Talk by the service overseer. Review the congregation’s activity during the past service year, including the special campaign in August. Focus on the good things that were accomplished, and give appropriate commendation. Invite the audience to relate any good experiences they had during August, and interview a publisher who expanded his ministry. Conclude by mentioning one or two aspects of the ministry that the congregation can work on during the coming year, and offer practical suggestions for improvement.
15 min: “Take as a Pattern the Prophets—Nahum.” Questions and answers.
Song 46 and Prayer


Song 11

Making Jehovah’s Heart Glad

(Proverbs 27:11)
1. Great God, we’ve vowed to do your will;
In wisdom your work we’ll fulfill.
For then we know we’ll have a part
In making glad your loving heart.
2. Your slave, your steward here on earth,
Proclaims your greatness and your worth,
Feeds us with nourishment when due,
Thus strengthens us your will to do.
3. Impart to us your active force,
That we may keep a faithful course
And bring forth fruitage to your praise
And thus make glad your heart always.
(See also Matt. 24:45-47; Luke 11:13; 22:42.)

15 min: What Have We Accomplished? T

alk by the service overseer. Review the congregation’s activity during the past service year, including the special campaign in August. Focus on the good things that were accomplished, and give appropriate commendation. Invite the audience to relate any good experiences they had during August, and interview a publisher who expanded his ministry. Conclude by mentioning one or two aspects of the ministry that the congregation can work on during the coming year, and offer practical suggestions for improvement.

15 min: “Take as a Pattern the Prophets—Nahum.”

Questions and answers.

1. What do we learn from the book of Nahum?
1 The ruins of ancient Nineveh give evidence that just as Nahum prophesied, Jehovah takes vengeance against His enemies and that even the fiercest of rivals is unable to take a stand against Him. (Nah. 1:2, 6) A closer look at Nahum’s prophecy provides lessons for us in our ministry.
^ par. 1 (Nah. 1:2) Jehovah is a God who requires exclusive devotion and takes vengeance; Jehovah takes vengeance and is ready to express his wrath. Jehovah takes vengeance against his foes, And he stores up wrath for his enemies.
^ par. 1 (Nah. 1:6) Who can stand before his indignation? And who can withstand the heat of his anger? His wrath will be poured out like fire, And the rocks will be shattered because of him.

2. How can we keep our message positive?
2 Offer Comfort and Hope: At first glance, the book of Nahum appears to be only a pronouncement of doom against Nineveh, the proud capital of ancient Assyria. (Nah. 1:1; 3:7) However, this pronouncement came as welcome news to Jehovah’s people. Nahum, whose name means “Comforter,” reassured fellow Jews that their enemy would soon be no more! Nahum further confirmed that Jehovah is “a stronghold in the day of distress.” (Nah. 1:7) As we preach, we too share good news and encourage others to seek refuge in Jehovah.—Nah. 1:15.
^ par. 2 (Nah. 1:1) A pronouncement against Nin′e•veh: The book of the vision of Na′hum the El′kosh•ite:
^ par. 2 (Nah. 3:7) Everyone who sees you will flee from you and say, ‘Nin′e•veh has been devastated! Who will sympathize with her?’ Where will I find comforters for you?
^ par. 2 (Nah. 1:7) Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.
^ par. 2 (Nah. 1:15) Look! On the mountains are the feet of one bringing good news, The one proclaiming peace. Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, pay your vows, For the worthless one will never pass through you again. He will be utterly destroyed.”

3. How can we imitate Nahum in using examples or illustrations?
3 Use Examples and Illustrations: Jehovah inspired Nahum to compare Nineveh’s end to that of the Egyptian city of Thebes (No-amon), which was previously destroyed by Assyria itself. (Nah. 3:8-10) As we speak to individuals about the end of this wicked system of things, we can highlight Bible prophecies that prove that Jehovah fulfills his word down to the very last detail. For example, when the Babylonians and the Medes came against the city of Nineveh in 632 B.C.E., heavy rains caused the Tigris River to overflow, collapsing a portion of the city’s impenetrable walls. Nineveh was then quickly captured, just as Jehovah foretold.—Nah. 1:8; 2:6.
^ par. 3 (Nah. 3:8-10) Are you better than No-a′mon, which sat by the Nile canals? Waters surrounded her; Her wealth was the sea and her wall was the sea. 9 E•thi•o′pi•a was her source of boundless strength, also Egypt. Put and the Lib′y•ans were your helpers. 10 But even she became an exile; She went into captivity. Her children also were dashed to pieces on every street corner. They cast lots over her honored men, And all her great men have been bound with fetters.
^ par. 3 (Nah. 1:8) With a sweeping flood he will make a complete extermination of her place, And darkness will pursue his enemies.
^ par. 3 (Nah. 2:6) The gates of the rivers will be opened, And the palace will be dissolved.

4. How can we be clear and understandable in the ministry?
4 Be Clear and Understandable: Nahum’s writing style was descriptive and dramatic. His points were clear. (Nah. 1:14; 3:1) Similarly, we want to use language that is easily understood. (1 Cor. 14:9) On the initial call, clearly explain the reason for your visit. As you study the Bible with individuals, help them to develop faith in Jehovah and his Word and to appreciate how the information applies to them personally.—Rom. 10:14.

^ par. 4 (Nah. 1:14) Jehovah has commanded concerning you, ‘Your name will not be perpetuated further. I will do away with the carved images and metal statues from the house of your gods. I will make a grave for you, because you are contemptible.’
^ par. 4 (Nah. 3:1) Woe to the city of bloodshed! She is completely full of deception and robbery. She is never without prey!
^ par. 4 (1 Cor. 14:9) In the same way, unless you with the tongue use speech that is easily understood, how will anyone know what is being said? You will, in fact, be speaking into the air.
^ par. 4 (Rom. 10:14) However, how will they call on him if they have not put faith in him? How, in turn, will they put faith in him about whom they have not heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach?
5. What assurance do we find in Nahum’s prophecy?
5 Nahum’s trust in the undeniable fulfillment of Jehovah’s word shines through clearly in the Bible book bearing his name. As the end of Satan’s system approaches, we find comfort in the divine decree: “Distress will not arise a second time.”—Nah. 1:9.
^ par. 5 (Nah. 1:9) What will you plot against Jehovah? He is causing a complete extermination. Distress will not arise a second time.

Song 46

Jehovah Is Our King!

(Psalm 97:1)
1. Rejoice, give glory to Jehovah,
For the heavens have told forth his righteousness.
Let us sing to our God joyful songs to his praise
And concern ourselves with his great acts.
(CHORUS)
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
2. His glory tell among the nations;
Of his great saving acts tell from day to day.
For Jehovah is King; He deserves all the praise.
We bow down before his mighty throne.
(CHORUS)
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
3. His righteous rule is now established.
On his throne, he has placed his anointed Son.
Let the gods of this world suffer shame and bow down,
For the praise belongs to God alone.
(CHORUS)
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
Let the heavens rejoice, Let the earth joyful be,
For Jehovah has become our King!
(See also 1 Chron. 16:9; Ps. 68:20; 97:6, 7.)

Watchtower Study ▲

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) JULY 2014

“You Are My Witnesses”

“‘You are my witnesses,’ declares Jehovah.”—ISA. 43:10.

CAN YOU ANSWER?

• How did the Israelites serve as witnesses of Jehovah?
• What does God’s name mean?
• How can we show appreciation for the privilege of bearing God’s holy name?

References and Scriptures

Ezekiel 39:7;Isaiah 43:10;1 Timothy 1:17;Exodus 3:15;Ecclesiastes 2:16;Isaiah 43:10;Exodus 12:26-27;Exodus 5:2;Leviticus 19:2;Deuteronomy 6:6-7;Proverbs 1:8;Ephesians 6:4;Deuteronomy 28:10;Isaiah 43:19;Isaiah 6:8-11;Revelation 20:1-3;Revelation 20:6;Jeremiah 27:11-12;Isaiah 43:14;Isaiah 43:21;Isaiah 44:26-28;Ezra 2:58;Ezra 2:64-65;Esther 8:17;Galatians 6:16;Revelation 7:9-10;John 10:16;1 John 1:8-9;Exodus 3:14
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(Ezekiel 39:7) 7  I will make my holy name known among my people Israel, and I will not allow my holy name to be profaned any longer; and the nations will have to know that I am Jehovah, the Holy One in Israel.’
(Isaiah 43:10) 10  “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.
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(1 Timothy 1:17) 17  Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
(Exodus 3:15) 15  Then God said once more to Moses: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
(Ecclesiastes 2:16) 16  For there is no lasting memory either of the wise one or of the stupid one. In the days to come, everyone will be forgotten. And how will the wise one die? Along with the stupid one.
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(Isaiah 43:10) 10  “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.
(Exodus 12:26-27) 26  And when your sons ask you, ‘What does this observance mean to you?’ 2727  you must say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Passover to Jehovah, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when he plagued the Egyptians, but he spared our houses.’” Then the people bowed low and prostrated themselves.
(Exodus 5:2) 2  But Phar′aoh said: “Who is Jehovah, that I should obey his voice to send Israel away? I do not know Jehovah at all, and what is more, I will not send Israel away.”
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(Leviticus 19:2) 2  “Speak to the entire assembly of the Israelites and tell them, ‘You should be holy, because I, Jehovah your God, am holy.
(Deuteronomy 6:6-7) 6  These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart, 77  and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up.
(Proverbs 1:8) 8  Listen, my son, to the discipline of your father, And do not forsake the instruction of your mother.
(Ephesians 6:4) 4  And fathers, do not be irritating your children, but go on bringing them up in the discipline and admonition of Jehovah.
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(Deuteronomy 28:10) 10  All the peoples of the earth will have to see that Jehovah’s name has been called upon you, and they will be afraid of you.
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(Isaiah 43:19) 19  Look! I am doing something new; Even now it is springing up. Do you not recognize it? I will make a way through the wilderness And rivers through the desert.
(Isaiah 6:8-11) 8  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!” 99  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.’ 1010  Make the heart of this people unreceptive, Make their ears unresponsive, And paste their eyes together, So that they may not see with their eyes And hear with their ears, So that their heart may not understand And they may not turn back and be healed.” 1111  At this I said: “How long, O Jehovah?” Then he said: “Until the cities crash in ruins without an inhabitant And the houses are without people And the land is ruined and desolate;
(Revelation 20:1-3) 20  And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 22  He seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years. 33  And he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not mislead the nations anymore until the 1,000 years were ended. After this he must be released for a little while.
(Revelation 20:6) 6  Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.
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(Jeremiah 27:11-12) 11  “‘“‘But the nation that brings its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serves him, I will allow to remain on its land,’ declares Jehovah, ‘to cultivate it and dwell in it.’”’” 1212  Also to King Zed•e•ki′ah of Judah I spoke in the same way, saying: “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him and his people, and you will keep living.
(Isaiah 43:14) 14  This is what Jehovah says, your Repurchaser, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sakes I will send to Babylon and bring down all the bars of the gates, And the Chal•de′ans, in their ships, will cry out in distress.
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(Isaiah 43:21) 21  The people whom I formed for myself So that they might declare my praise.
(Isaiah 44:26-28) 26  The One making the word of his servant come true And completely fulfilling the predictions of his messengers; The One saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’ And of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, And I will restore her ruins’; 2727  The One saying to the deep waters, ‘Be evaporated, And I will dry up all your rivers’; 2828  The One saying of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, And he will completely carry out all my will’; The One saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”
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(Ezra 2:58) 58  All the temple servants and the sons of the servants of Sol′o•mon were 392.
(Ezra 2:64-65) 64  The total number of the entire congregation was 42,360, 6565  apart from their male and female slaves, who were 7,337; they also had 200 male and female singers.
(Esther 8:17) 17  And in all the provinces and all the cities, wherever the decree of the king and his law reached, the Jews were rejoicing and exulting, holding banquets and celebrations. Many of the peoples of the land were declaring themselves Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen upon them.
(Galatians 6:16) 16  As for all those who walk orderly by this rule of conduct, peace and mercy be upon them, yes, upon the Israel of God.
(Revelation 7:9-10) 9  After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 1010  And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(John 10:16) 16  “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
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(1 John 1:8-9) 8  If we make the statement, “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. 99  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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(Exodus 3:14) 14  So God said to Moses: “I Will Become What I Choose to Become.” And he added: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I Will Become has sent me to you.’”

References consulted on: Watchtower Library 2013 CD‒ROM

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