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Examining The Scriptures Daily 2015 with biblical texts

Monday, February 16

Do not embrace anybody in greeting along the road.—Luke 10:4.

We have only a fixed amount of hours in a day. Jesus provided a principle that can help us to make the best use of that time. When sending out his disciples into the field, he told them the words recorded in today’s text. Why would Jesus give such instructions? One Bible scholar states: “Salutations among the Orientals did not consist, as among us, of a slight bow, or extension of the hand, but [were] performed by many embraces, and inclinations, and even prostrations of the body on the ground. All this required much time.” Jesus was not encouraging his followers to be rude. Rather, he was helping them see that they had a limited amount of time and that they needed to make the most of it to care for the more important things. (Eph. 5:16) Can we apply this principle so as to have more time to assist with work in behalf of the Kingdom? w13 12/15 2:9

(Luke 10:4) Do not carry a money bag or a food pouch or sandals, and do not greet anyone along the road.
(Eph. 5:16) making the best use of your time, because the days are wicked.

Tuesday, February 17

It is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.—Matt. 18:14.

Through his organization, Jehovah provides an abundance of spiritual food to the whole association of brothers worldwide. At times, the organization gives guidance directly to congregation elders, either through letters or through instructions delivered by traveling overseers. In such ways, the sheep receive clear direction. In a spiritual sense, overseers have the responsibility of protecting, nursing, and caring for the health of members of the congregation, especially those who have hurt themselves or who have fallen sick spiritually. (Jas. 5:14, 15) Some of these individuals may have strayed from the flock and have stopped engaging in Christian activities. In such a case, would not a caring elder do all in his power to find each lost sheep and urge that one to return to the fold, that is, to the congregation? Of course he would!—Matt. 18:12, 13. w1311/15 4:9, 10

(Matt. 18:14) Likewise, it is not a desirable thing to my Father who is in heaven for even one of these little ones to perish.
(Jas. 5:14, 15) Is there anyone sick among you? Let him call the elders of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, applying oil to him in the name of Jehovah. 15 And the prayer of faith will make the sick one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
(Matt. 18:12, 13) “What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the 99 on the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying? 13 And if he finds it, I certainly tell you, he rejoices more over it than over the 99 that have not strayed.

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