“Watchtower” Study - Week Starting December 29

The Resurrection of Jesus—Its Meaning for Us: information for personal study

(Acts 4:5-10) The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 along with An′nas the chief priest, Ca′ia•phas, John, Alexander, and all who were relatives of the chief priest. 7 They stood Peter and John in their midst and began to question them: “By what power or in whose name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with holy spirit, said to them: “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today about a good deed to a crippled man, and you want to know who made this man well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ the Naz•a•rene′, whom you executed on a stake but whom God raised up from the dead, by means of him this man stands here healthy in front of you.
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(Mark 14:66-72) Now while Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. 67 On seeing Peter warming himself, she looked straight at him and said: “You too were with the Naz•a•rene′, this Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying: “Neither do I know him nor do I understand what you are talking about,” and he went outside to the entryway. 69 There the servant girl saw him and again began to say to those standing by: “This is one of them.” 70 Again he was denying it. And after a little while, those standing by again began saying to Peter: “Certainly you are one of them, for you are, in fact, a Gal•i•le′an.” 71 But he started to curse and swear: “I do not know this man of whom you speak!” 72 Immediately a rooster crowed a second time, and Peter recalled what Jesus had said to him: “Before a rooster crows twice, you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and began to weep.
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(1 Kings 17:17-24) After these things, the son of the woman who owned the house fell sick, and his sickness became so severe that he stopped breathing. 18 At this she said to E•li′jah: “What do you have against me, O man of the true God? Have you come to remind me of my guilt and to put my son to death?” 19 But he said to her: “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her arms and carried him up to the roof chamber, where he was staying, and he laid him on his own bed. 20 He called out to Jehovah: “O Jehovah my God, are you also bringing harm to the widow with whom I am staying by putting her son to death?” 21 Then he stretched himself out over the child three times and called out to Jehovah: “O Jehovah my God, please, let this child’s life come back into him.” 22 Jehovah listened to E•li′jah’s request, and the life of the child came back into him, and he revived. 23 E•li′jah took the child and brought him down from the roof chamber into the house and gave him to his mother; and E•li′jah said: “See, your son is alive.” 24 At that the woman said to E•li′jah: “Now I know that you truly are a man of God and that Jehovah’s word in your mouth is truth.”
(2 Kings 4:32-37) When E•li′sha came into the house, the boy was lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in and closed the door behind them both and began to pray to Jehovah. 34 Then he got up on the bed and lay down on the child and put his own mouth on the boy’s mouth, his own eyes on his eyes, and his own palms on his palms and kept bent over him, and the child’s body started to grow warm. 35 He walked back and forth in the house, and he got up on the bed and bent over him again. The boy sneezed seven times, after which he opened his eyes. 36 E•li′sha now called Ge•ha′zi and said: “Call the Shu′nam•mite woman.” So he called her and she came in to him. Then he said: “Pick up your son.” 37 And she came in and fell at his feet and bowed down to the ground before him, after which she picked up her son and went out.
(2 Kings 13:20, 21) After that E•li′sha died and was buried. There were Mo′ab•ite marauder bands that would come into the land at the beginning of the year. 21 As some men were burying a man, they saw the marauder band, so they quickly threw the man into E•li′sha’s burial place and ran off. When the man touched the bones of E•li′sha, he came to life and stood on his feet.


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