Examining The Scriptures Daily 2015 with biblical texts
Monday, February 2
You are bound to be like God, knowing good and bad.—Gen. 3:5.When tempting Eve, Satan insinuated that God withheld something wonderful from her. The Devil told her that in the very day of her eating from “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad,” she was “bound to be like God, knowing good and bad.” (Gen. 2:17) Satan thus suggested that Eve could gain independence from Jehovah. Pride was apparently a factor that caused her to accept the lie. She partook of the forbidden fruit, believing that she would not really die. How wrong she was! In contrast with Eve, Jesus set a wonderful example of humility. Satan tried to tempt him in another way, but Jesus rejected even the very thought of doing something dramatic that would put God to the test. That would have been an act of pride! Instead, Jesus’ reply was clear and direct: “It is said, ‘You must not put Jehovah your God to the test.’”—Luke 4:9-12. w13 8/15 4:11, 12
(Gen. 3:5) For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.”
(Gen. 2:17) But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.”
(Luke 4:9-12) He then led him into Jerusalem and stationed him on the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will give his angels a command concerning you, to preserve you,’ 11 and, ‘They will carry you on their hands, so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 In answer Jesus said to him: “It is said, ‘You must not put Jehovah your God to the test.’”
Tuesday, February 3
[Jonah] kept proclaiming and saying: “Only forty days more, and Nineveh will be overthrown.”—Jonah 3:4.Jehovah gave the people of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh an opportunity to respond to his warning. His word occurred to Jonah, saying: “Get up, go to Nineveh the great city, and proclaim against her that their badness has come up before me.” Nineveh was deemed fit for destruction. (Jonah 1:1, 2; 3:1-3) However, when Jonah declared the message of doom, “the men of Nineveh began to put faith in God, and they proceeded to proclaim a fast and to put on sackcloth, from the greatest one of them even to the least one of them.” Their king “rose up from his throne and put off his official garment from himself and covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the ashes.” The Ninevites responded to Jehovah’s warning and repented. Consequently, Jehovah did not cause the calamity.—Jonah 3:5-10. w13 6/15 4:9, 10
(Jonah 3:4) Then Jo′nah entered the city, and walking a day’s journey, he was proclaiming: “In just 40 days more, Nin′e•veh will be overthrown.”
(Jonah 1:1, 2) The word of Jehovah came to Jo′nah the son of A•mit′tai, saying:2 “Get up, go to Nin′e•veh the great city, and proclaim judgment against her, for their wickedness has come to my attention.”
(Jonah 3:1-3) Then the word of Jehovah came to Jo′nah a second time, saying:2 “Get up, go to Nin′e•veh the great city, and proclaim to her the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jo′nah got up and went to Nin′e•veh in obedience to the word of Jehovah. Now Nin′e•veh was a very large city—a walking distance of three days.
(Jonah 3:5-10) And the men of Nin′e•veh put faith in God, and they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the message reached the king of Nin′e•veh, he rose up from his throne and took off his royal garment and covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the ashes.7 Furthermore, he issued a proclamation throughout Nin′e•veh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: No man or beast, herd or flock, should eat anything at all. They should not take food, nor should they drink any water. 8 Let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and beast; and let them call out earnestly to God and turn from their evil ways and from the violence they practice. 9 Who knows whether the true God may reconsider what he intends to do and turn from his burning anger, so that we may not perish?” 10 When the true God saw what they did, how they had turned back from their evil ways, he reconsidered the calamity that he said he would bring on them, and he did not bring it.
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