“Watchtower” Study with biblical texts | Week Starting september 21-27, 2015

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This Is Our Place of Worship: Information for personal study


BIBLICAL TEXTS FOR THE STUDY


(Genesis 4:3, 4) After some time, Cain brought some fruits of the land as an offering to Jehovah. 4 But Abel brought some firstlings of his flock, including their fat. While Jehovah looked with favor on Abel and on his offering,
(Genesis 8:20) Then Noah built an altar to Jehovah and took some of all the clean animals and of all the clean flying creatures and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
(Genesis 12:7) Jehovah then appeared to A′bram and said: “To your offspring I am going to give this land.” So he built an altar there to Jehovah, who had appeared to him.
(Genesis 26:25) So he built an altar there and called on the name of Jehovah. And Isaac pitched his tent there, and his servants dug a well there.
(Genesis 35:1) 35 After that God said to Jacob: “Rise, go up to Beth′el and dwell there, and make an altar there to the true God, who appeared to you when you were running away from E′sau your brother.”
(Exodus 17:15) Then Moses built an altar and named it Je•ho′vah-nis′si,
(Exodus 25:8) They are to make a sanctuary for me, and I will reside among them.
(1 Kings 8:27) “But will God really dwell on the earth? Look! The heavens, yes, the heaven of the heavens, cannot contain you; how much less, then, this house that I have built!
(1 Kings 8:29) May your eyes be open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which you said, ‘My name will be there,’ to listen to the prayer that your servant prays toward this place.
(Mark 6:2) When it was the Sabbath, he started teaching in the synagogue, and most who heard him were astounded and said: “Where did this man get these things? And why should this wisdom have been given to him, and such powerful works be performed through his hands?
(John 18:20) Jesus answered him: “I have spoken to the world publicly. I always taught in a synagogue and in the temple, where all the Jews come together, and I said nothing in secret.
(Acts 15:21) For from ancient times Moses has had those who preach him in city after city, because he is read aloud in the synagogues on every sabbath.”
(Acts 12:12) After he realized this, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John who was called Mark, where quite a few were gathered together and were praying.
(1 Corinthians 16:19) The congregations of Asia send you their greetings. Aq′ui•la and Pris′ca together with the congregation that is in their house greet you heartily in the Lord.

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(Psalm 69:9) Zeal for your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those reproaching you have fallen upon me.
(John 2:17) His disciples recalled that it is written: “The zeal for your house will consume me.”
(2 Chronicles 5:13) At the moment when the trumpeters and the singers were praising and thanking Jehovah in unison, and as the sound ascended from the trumpets, the cymbals, and the other musical instruments as they were praising Jehovah, “for he is good; his loyal love endures forever,” then the house, the house of Jehovah, was filled with a cloud.
(2 Chronicles 33:4) He also built altars in the house of Jehovah, about which Jehovah had said: “In Jerusalem my name will be forever.”

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(1 Corinthians 10:21) You cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah and the cup of demons; you cannot be partaking of “the table of Jehovah” and the table of demons.

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(Hebrews 10:24, 25) And let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, 25 not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near.
(Psalm 22:22) I will declare your name to my brothers; In the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

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(1 Kings 8:17) And it was the heart’s desire of my father David to build a house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.

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(Ecclesiastes 3:1) 3 There is an appointed time for everything, A time for every activity under the heavens:

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(John 2:13-17) Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple those selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money brokers in their seats. 15 So after making a whip of ropes, he drove all those with the sheep and cattle out of the temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he said to those selling the doves: “Take these things away from here! Stop making the house of my Father a house of commerce!” 17 His disciples recalled that it is written: “The zeal for your house will consume me.”
(Nehemiah 13:7, 8) Then I came to Jerusalem and noticed the terrible thing that E•li′a•shib had done in behalf of To•bi′ah, making a storeroom available for him in the courtyard of the house of the true God. 8 This was very displeasing to me, so I threw all of To•bi′ah’s household furniture out of the storeroom.

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(2 Corinthians 8:13-15) For I do not want to make it easy for others, but difficult for you; 14 but that by means of an equalizing, your surplus at the present time might offset their need, so that their surplus might also offset your deficiency, that there may be an equalizing. 15 Just as it is written: “The person with much did not have too much, and the person with little did not have too little.”

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(Psalm 127:1) 127 Unless Jehovah builds the house, It is in vain that its builders work hard on it. Unless Jehovah guards the city, It is in vain that the guard stays awake.

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(Exodus 25:2) “Tell the people of Israel to take up a contribution for me; from every person whose heart moves him, you are to take up my contribution.
(2 Corinthians 9:7) Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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(1 Corinthians 14:33) For God is a God not of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the holy ones,
(1 Corinthians 14:40) But let all things take place decently and by arrangement.
(Revelation 19:8) Yes, it has been granted to her to be clothed with bright, clean, fine linen—for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones.”

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(Isaiah 6:1-3) 6 In the year that King Uz•zi′ah died, I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne, and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two. 3 And one called to the other: “Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies. The whole earth is filled with his glory.”
(Revelation 11:18) But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

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(Deuteronomy 23:14) For Jehovah your God is walking about within your camp to deliver you and to hand over your enemies to you, and your camp must be holy, so that he does not see anything indecent in you and turn away from accompanying you.

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(2 Kings 12:4, 5) Je•ho′ash said to the priests: “Take all the money that is brought to the house of Jehovah for the holy offerings, the money for which each one is assessed, the money given as an estimated value for a person, and all the money that each person’s heart is moved to bring to the house of Jehovah. 5 The priests will personally take it from their donors and use it to repair the house, wherever any damage is found.”
(2 Chronicles 34:9-11) They came to Hil•ki′ah the high priest and gave him the money that had been brought to the house of God, which the Levites serving as doorkeepers had collected from Ma•nas′seh, E′phra•im, and all the rest of Israel, as well as from Judah, Benjamin, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 Then they gave it to those who were appointed over the work in the house of Jehovah. In turn the workers in the house of Jehovah used it to mend and repair the house. 11 They gave it to the craftsmen and the builders to buy hewn stones and timbers for braces and to build with beams the houses that the kings of Judah had allowed to fall into ruin.

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(John 2:17) His disciples recalled that it is written: “The zeal for your house will consume me.”

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