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Examining The Scriptures Daily 2015 with biblical texts
Monday, January 26
Become imitators of God, as beloved children.—Eph. 5:1.Jehovah possesses many endearing qualities. In fact, a list could be made of more than 40 different qualities of Jehovah. Just imagine what a treasure of fascinating facts about Jehovah’s personality is waiting to be discovered through our personal or family study! In what ways can we benefit from such a study? It can deepen our appreciation for our heavenly Father. In turn, the deeper our appreciation for Jehovah, the stronger our desire to draw close to him and to imitate him. (Josh. 23:8; Ps. 73:28) Our appreciation may deepen gradually. To illustrate: Our appreciation for a new dish becomes deeper as we first smell its aroma, then savor each morsel of it, and finally prepare the dish ourselves. Similarly, we deepen our appreciation for a quality of Jehovah by getting acquainted with it, reflecting on it, and then imitating it in our own life. w13 6/15 1:1, 2
(Eph. 5:1) Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,
(Josh. 23:8) But you must stick to Jehovah your God, just as you have done down to this day.
(Ps. 73:28) But as for me, drawing near to God is good for me. I have made the Sovereign Lord Jehovah my refuge, To declare all your works.
Tuesday, January 27
Do the work of an evangelizer.—2 Tim. 4:5.An evangelizer is someone who tells good news. The first and foremost Evangelizer is Jehovah God. Immediately after the rebellion of our first parents, Jehovah announced the good news that the serpent—actually, Satan the Devil—will be destroyed. (Gen. 3:15) Throughout the centuries, Jehovah inspired faithful men to write down details about how his name will be cleared of reproach, how the damage caused by Satan will be undone, and how humans can regain the opportunities forfeited by Adam and Eve. Angels too are evangelizers. They themselves tell good news, and they assist others in spreading good news. (Luke 1:19; 2:10; Acts 8:26, 27, 35; Rev. 14:6) What about the archangel Michael? While on earth as Jesus, he set the standard for human evangelizers. Why, Jesus built his life around spreading the good news! (Luke 4:16-21) Also, Jesus commanded his disciples to be evangelizers.—Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8. w13 5/15 1:1-3
(2 Tim. 4:5) You, though, keep your senses in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry.
(Gen. 3:15) And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”
(Luke 1:19) In reply the angel said to him: “I am Ga′bri•el, who stands near before God, and I was sent to speak with you and to declare this good news to you.
(Luke 2:10) But the angel said to them: “Do not be afraid, for look! I am declaring to you good news of a great joy that all the people will have.
(Acts 8:26, 27) However, Jehovah’s angel spoke to Philip, saying: “Get up and go to the south to the road that runs down from Jerusalem to Gaz′a.” (This is a desert road.) 27 With that he got up and went, and look! an E•thi•o′pi•an eunuch, a man who had authority under Can•da′ce, queen of the E•thi•o′pi•ans, and who was in charge of all her treasure. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship,
(Acts 8:35) Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he declared to him the good news about Jesus.
(Rev. 14:6) And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.
(Luke 4:16-21) He then went to Naz′a•reth, where he had been brought up, and according to his custom on the Sabbath day, he entered the synagogue and stood up to read. 17 So the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him, and he opened the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away free, 19 to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year.” 20 With that he rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were intently fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them: “Today this scripture that you just heard is fulfilled.”
(Matt. 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, 20 teaching 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.”
(Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Ju•de′a and Sa•mar′i•a, and to the most distant part of the earth.”
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