Theocratic Ministry School Review December 2014

Study information for Theocratic Ministry School Review


The following questions will be considered at the Theocratic Ministry School during the week beginning December 29, 2014.

1. How do we view the command at Deuteronomy 14:1 prohibiting self-mutilation during a period of mourning for a dead person? [Nov. 3, w04 9/15 p. 27 par. 5]

^ (Deut. 14:1) “You are sons of Jehovah your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads bald for a dead person.

^ ***w04 9/15 p. 27 par. 5 Highlights From the Book of Deuteronomy***
14:1. Self-mutilation shows disrespect for the human body, may be connected with false religion, and must be avoided. (1 Kings 18:25-28) Our hope in the resurrection makes such an extreme expression of mourning for the dead inappropriate.
^ par. 5 (Deut. 14:1) “You are sons of Jehovah your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads bald for a dead person.
^ par. 5 (1 Ki. 18:25-28) E•li′jah now said to the prophets of Ba′al: “Choose one young bull and prepare it first, because you are the majority. Then call on the name of your god, but you must not put fire to it.” 26 So they took the young bull that was given to them, prepared it, and kept calling on the name of Ba′al from morning until noon, saying: “O Ba′al, answer us!” But there was no voice and no one answering. They kept limping around the altar that they had made. 27 About noon E•li′jah began to mock them and say: “Call out at the top of your voice! After all, he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought or he has gone to relieve himself. Or maybe he is asleep and someone needs to wake him up!” 28 They were calling out at the top of their voice and cutting themselves with daggers and lances, according to their custom, until their blood gushed out all over them.

2. What was the objective of having the kings of Israel make a copy of God’s Law and ‘read from it all the days of their life’? (Deut. 17:18-20) [Nov. 3, w02 6/15 p. 12 par. 4]

^ (Deut. 17:18-20) 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.

^ ***w02 6/15 p. 12 Follow the Royal Pattern***
4. What did God’s directions for kings involve?
4 Yes, the king that Jehovah would choose for his worshipers was to make a personal copy of writings that you can find in your Bible. Then the king was to read in that copy daily, repeatedly. That was not a memory exercise. It was study, and it had a beneficial objective. The king who would have Jehovah’s approval needed to pursue such study to develop and retain the right heart attitude. He also needed to study those inspired writings to be a successful, insightful king.—2 Kings 22:8-13; Proverbs 1:1-4.
^ par. 4 (2 Ki. 22:8-13) Later Hil•ki′ah the high priest said to Sha′phan the secretary: “I have found the book of the Law in the house of Jehovah.” So Hil•ki′ah gave the book to Sha′phan, who began to read it. 9 Then Sha′phan the secretary went to the king and told him: “Your servants have poured out the money that was found in the house, and they have handed it over to those appointed over the work in the house of Jehovah.” 10 Sha′phan the secretary also told the king: “There is a book that Hil•ki′ah the priest has given me.” Then Sha′phan began to read it before the king. 11 As soon as the king heard the words of the book of the Law, he ripped his garments apart. 12 Then the king gave this order to Hil•ki′ah the priest, A•hi′kam the son of Sha′phan, Ach′bor the son of Mi•cai′ah, Sha′phan the secretary, and A•sai′ah the king’s servant: 13 “Go, inquire of Jehovah in my behalf, in behalf of the people, and in behalf of all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found; for Jehovah’s rage that has been set ablaze against us is great, because our forefathers did not obey the words of this book by observing all that is written concerning us.”
^ par. 4 (Prov. 1:1-4) The proverbs of Sol′o•mon, the son of David, the king of Israel: 2 To learn wisdom and discipline; To understand wise sayings; 3 To acquire the discipline that gives insight, Righteousness, good judgment, and uprightness; 4 To impart shrewdness to the inexperienced; To give a young man knowledge and thinking ability.


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