Congregation Bible Study ‒ Week Starting January 5

Study information for the book: Draw Close to Jehovah

cl chap. 18 ¶9-19

cl chap. 18 pp. 183-187 pars. 9-19 Wisdom in “the Word of God”

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9, 10. Why does the use of human writers add to the Bible’s warmth and appeal?
(2 Corinthians 12:7-10) just because of receiving such extraordinary revelations. To keep me from becoming overly exalted, I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan, to keep slapping me, so that I might not be overly exalted. 8 Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.

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9, 10. Why does the use of human writers add to the Bible’s warmth and appeal?
(Psalm 51:2, 3) Thoroughly wash me from my error, And cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I am well-aware of my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.
(Psalm 51:5) Look! I was born guilty of error, And my mother conceived me in sin.
(Psalm 51:11) Do not cast me out from your presence; And do not take your holy spirit away from me.
(Psalm 51:17) The sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit; A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject.

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11. What kind of true-life portrayals are included in the Bible “for our instruction”?
(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.

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12. Bible accounts about unfaithful humans help us in what way?
(Matthew 26:14-16) Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Is•car′i•ot, went to the chief priests 15 and said: “What will you give me to betray him to you?” They stipulated to him 30 silver pieces. 16 So from then on, he kept looking for a good opportunity to betray him.
(Matthew 26:46-50) Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer has drawn near.” 47 While he was still speaking, look! Judas, one of the Twelve, came and with him a large crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now his betrayer had given them a sign, saying: “Whoever it is I kiss, he is the one; take him into custody.” 49 And going straight up to Jesus, he said: “Greetings, Rabbi!” and gave him a tender kiss. 50 But Jesus said to him: “Fellow, for what purpose are you present?” Then they came forward and seized Jesus and took him into custody.
(Matthew 27:3-10) Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, felt remorse and brought the 30 pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying: “I sinned when I betrayed innocent blood.” They said: “What is that to us? You must see to it!” 5 So he threw the silver pieces into the temple and departed. Then he went off and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said: “It is not lawful to put them into the sacred treasury, because they are the price of blood.” 7 After consulting together, they used the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. 8 Therefore, that field has been called Field of Blood to this very day. 9 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “And they took the 30 silver pieces, the price that was set on the man, the one on whom a price was set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, according to what Jehovah had commanded me.”


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