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Congregation Bible Study | Study information for the book: Draw Close to Jehovah
cl chap. 31 ¶13-20 (30 min.)
13, 14. What does it mean to worship Jehovah, and why is it fitting that we do so?
13 When we communicate with Jehovah God, we are not simply listening and speaking as we might with a friend or relative. We are actually worshiping Jehovah, according him the reverent honor that he so richly deserves. True worship is our whole life. It is how we express to Jehovah our whole-souled love and devotion, and it unites all of Jehovah’s faithful creatures, whether in heaven or on earth. In a vision, the apostle John heard an angel proclaiming this commandment: “Worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of waters.”—Revelation 14:7.
Revelation 14:7 He was saying in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgment by him has arrived, so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the springs of water.”
14 Why should we worship Jehovah? Think of the qualities we have discussed, such as holiness, power, self-restraint, justice, courage, mercy, wisdom, humility, love, compassion, loyalty, and goodness. We have seen that Jehovah represents the very pinnacle, the loftiest standard possible, of every precious attribute. When we try to grasp the sum of his qualities, we perceive that he is far more than a great, admirable Personage. He is overwhelmingly glorious, immeasurably higher than we are. (Isaiah 55:9) Without question, Jehovah is our rightful Sovereign, and he certainly deserves our worship. How, though, should we worship Jehovah?
Isaiah 55:9 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So my ways are higher than your waysAnd my thoughts than your thoughts.
15. How may we worship Jehovah “with spirit and truth,” and what opportunity do Christian meetings afford us?
15 Jesus said: “God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) To worship God “with spirit,” we must have his spirit and be guided by it. Our worship must also be in harmony with the truth, the accurate knowledge found in God’s Word. We have a precious opportunity to worship Jehovah “with spirit and truth” whenever we gather with fellow worshipers. (Hebrews 10:24, 25) When we sing praises to Jehovah, unite in prayer to him, and listen to and take part in discussions of his Word, we express love for him in pure worship.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth.”
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.
Christian meetings are delightful occasions to worship Jehovah
16. What is one of the greatest commandments laid upon true Christians, and why do we feel compelled to obey it?
16 We also worship Jehovah when we speak about him to others, publicly praising him. (Hebrews 13:15) Indeed, to preach the good news of Jehovah’s Kingdom is one of the greatest commandments laid upon true Christians. (Matthew 24:14) We obey eagerly because we love Jehovah. When we think of the way “the god of this system of things,” Satan the Devil, “has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,” promoting vicious lies about Jehovah, do we not yearn to serve as Witnesses on behalf of our God, setting straight such slander? (2 Corinthians 4:4; Isaiah 43:10-12) And when we contemplate Jehovah’s marvelous qualities, do we not feel a desire welling up within us to tell others about him? Really, there can be no greater privilege than helping others come to know and love our heavenly Father as we do.
Hebrews 13:15 Through him let us always offer to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that make public declaration to his name.
Matthew 24:14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
2 Corinthians 4:4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.
Isaiah 43:10-12 “You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah,“Yes, my servant whom I have chosen,So that you may know and have faith in meAnd understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed,And after me there has been none. 11 I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” 12 “I am the One who declared and saved and made knownWhen there was no foreign god among you. So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God.
17. What does our worship of Jehovah embrace, and why must we worship with integrity?
17 Our worship of Jehovah embraces even more. It touches every aspect of our life. (Colossians 3:23) If we truly accept Jehovah as our Sovereign Lord, then we will seek to do his will in everything—our family life, our secular work, our dealings with others, our private time. We will seek to serve Jehovah “with a complete heart,” with integrity. (1 Chronicles 28:9) Such worship leaves no room for a divided heart or a double life—the hypocritical course of appearing to serve Jehovah while carrying on serious sins in secret. Integrity makes such hypocrisy impossible; love makes it repulsive. Godly fear will help too. The Bible links such reverence with our continued intimacy with Jehovah.—Psalm 25:14.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you are doing, work at it whole-souled as for Jehovah, and not for men,
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, Solʹo•mon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a complete heart and with a delightful soul, for Jehovah searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts. If you search for him, he will let himself be found by you, but if you leave him, he will reject you forever.
Psalm 25:14 Close friendship with Jehovah belongs to those who fear him,And he makes his covenant known to them.
18, 19. Why is it realistic to think that mere imperfect humans can imitate Jehovah God?
18 Each section of this book has concluded with a chapter on how to “become imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) It is vital to remember that imperfect though we are, we can truly imitate Jehovah’s perfect way of using power, of exercising justice, of acting in wisdom, and of showing love. How do we know that it really is possible to imitate the Almighty? Remember, the meaning of Jehovah’s name teaches us that he causes himself to become whatever he chooses in order to fulfill his purposes. We are rightly awed by that ability, but is it completely beyond us? No.
Ephesians 5:1 Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children,
19 We are made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:26) Thus, humans are unlike any other creatures on earth. We are not driven merely by instinct, genetics, or factors in our environment. Jehovah has given us a precious gift—free will. Despite our limitations and imperfections, we are free to choose what we will become. Do you want to be a loving, wise, just person who uses power aright? Thanks to the help of Jehovah’s spirit, you can become exactly that! Think of the good you will thereby accomplish.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.”
20. What good do we accomplish when we imitate Jehovah?
20 You will please your heavenly Father, making his heart rejoice. (Proverbs 27:11) You can even be “fully pleasing” to Jehovah, for he understands your limitations. (Colossians 1:9, 10) And as you continue to build good qualities in imitation of your beloved Father, you will be blessed with a great privilege. In a bedarkened world alienated from God, you will be a light bearer. (Matthew 5:1, 2, 14) You will help to spread abroad in the earth some reflections of Jehovah’s glorious personality. What an honor!
Proverbs 27:11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.
Colossians 1:9, 10 That is also why from the day we heard of it, we have never stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the accurate knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual comprehension, 10 so as to walk worthily of Jehovah in order to please him fully as you go on bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the accurate knowledge of God;
Matthew 5:1, 2 When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he opened his mouth and began teaching them, saying:
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city cannot be hid when located on a mountain.
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