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Do You “Grasp the Meaning”?: information for personal study

THE WATCHTOWER (STUDY EDITION) DECEMBER 2014

DO YOU “GRASP THE MEANING”?

“He opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures.”—LUKE 24:45.

WHAT LESSON DO YOU LEARN FROM THE ILLUSTRATION ABOUT . . .

• the sower who sleeps?
• the dragnet?
• the prodigal son?

1, 2. How did Jesus strengthen his disciples on the day of his resurrection?
IT WAS still the day of Jesus’ resurrection. Two of the disciples were walking to a village about seven miles (11.2 km) from Jerusalem. Not knowing that Jesus had been resurrected, they were heavyhearted because of recent events. Suddenly, Jesus appeared and started walking with them. He was able to comfort these disciples. How? “Starting with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them things pertaining to himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:13-15, 27) At that, their hearts started to burn within them because he was “fully opening up,” or “clearly explaining,” the Scriptures to them.—Luke 24:32; ftn.
(Luke 24:13-15) But look! on that very day, two of them were traveling to a village named Em•ma′us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were conversing with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 Now as they were conversing and discussing these things, Jesus himself approached and began walking with them,
(Luke 24:27) And starting with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them things pertaining to himself in all the Scriptures.
(Luke 24:32) And they said to each other: “Were not our hearts burning within us as he was speaking to us on the road, as he was fully opening up the Scriptures to us?”

2 That same evening, these two disciples returned to Jerusalem. Finding the apostles, they related their experience to them. As they were speaking, Jesus appeared to all of them. However, his apostles were terrified. Doubts came up in their hearts. How did Jesus strengthen them? We are told: “He opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures.”—Luke 24:45.
(Luke 24:45) Then he opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures,

3. What challenges may we face, and what can help us to gain a balanced view of our ministry?
3 Just like those disciples, we may at times be heavyhearted. Perhaps we are busy in the work of the Lord, but we are discouraged because we do not see results. (1 Cor. 15:58) Or it may seem that those with whom we are studying are making little progress. Others we are helping may even turn their backs on Jehovah. What can we do to gain a balanced view of our ministry? One thing that can help us is that we grasp fully the meaning of Jesus’ illustrations recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Let us consider three of those illustrations and see what lessons we can learn.
(1 Corinthians 15:58) Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in connection with the Lord.

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