Examiningthe Scriptures    Daily    2011
Examiningthe Scriptures    Daily                         2011                                       Name
Examining    the Scriptures        Daily                    2011                 ˘ 2010WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY...
Examining the Scriptures Daily                  Foreword     “Good morning!” This cheerful greeting isheard around the wor...
they are helped to realize that rather than evolv-ing from lower life-forms, man was created by aloving God. Moreover, we ...
2011 Yeartext  “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah.”              —Zeph. 3:12.     On January 12, 2010, the Haitian city o...
defeat and his ouster from heaven at the time of the King-dom’s birth in 1914, the Bible relates that Satan—full ofwrath a...
Saturday, January 1             mandments. (John 14:15) Like                                      Jesus, his disciples dis...
Tuesday, January 4              treasures that Jehovah urges his                                      worshippers to seek....
Friday, January 7            gel coming down out of heaven                                    with the key of the abyss an...
Monday, January 10             know Jehovah. (Ps. 77:12) A very                                     fine way to become even...
Thursday, January 13            The narrative opens our eyes                                     to events of far-reaching...
Sunday, January 16              “Do not become wise in your own                                      eyes.” (Prov. 3:7) In...
Wednesday, January 19             by name. He loves his sheep so                                      much that while on e...
Saturday, January 22             everlasting life is an essential as-                                      pect of the goo...
Tuesday, January 25              to weaken in the face of world-                                       ly pressure. Christ...
Friday, January 28             states: “David’s fame began to go                                      out into all the lan...
Monday, January 31              (Job 1:5) Even when being severe-                                      ly tested, Job stil...
Thursday, February 3             “Without writing a single line, he                                      set more pens in ...
Sunday, February 6              needed. Because the matter has                                      not previously been di...
Wednesday, February 9            let God’s Word educate and train                                     our conscience so th...
Saturday, February 12            23, 24) With the passing of time,                                      the human life spa...
Tuesday, February 15              on looking at a woman so as to                                       have a passion for ...
Friday, February 18            believes him that sent me has                                      everlasting life.” Jesus...
Monday, February 21              wisdom were unmatched among                                       his contemporaries. (1 ...
Thursday, February 24            tive powers are trained through                                      use—through applicat...
Sunday, February 27                   Monday, February 28The woman was thoroughly de-           There is no one like him i...
Wednesday, March 2             parents, either for good or for                                     bad. So, parents, ask y...
Saturday, March 5              bring happiness to a worshipper                                      of Jehovah. (Prov. 3:1...
Tuesday, March 8                selves with having the good sense                                        to find the truth?...
Friday, March 11                lent grasp of the truth, yet even                                        he had times when...
Monday, March 14                fice of oversight.” (Acts 1:20-26)                                       What was the prima...
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  1. 1. Examiningthe Scriptures Daily 2011
  2. 2. Examiningthe Scriptures Daily 2011 Name
  3. 3. Examining the Scriptures Daily 2011 ˘ 2010WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA All Rights Reserved Publishers Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.This publication is not for sale. It is provided as part of a worldwide Bible educational work supported by voluntary donations. Examining the Scriptures Daily—2011 English (es11-E) Made in the United States of America
  4. 4. Examining the Scriptures Daily Foreword “Good morning!” This cheerful greeting isheard around the world countless times each day.In whatever form or language, it is usually the firstthing said to family members on awakening or toothers we meet later on. It seems to say: “Hello,it’s good to see you. Hope you have a nice day.” Formost people, however, it is just an expression. Infact, when greeted with the words “good morning,”one individual would often say, “Let’s make it so.”But what would make a morning “good”? Some feel that starting the day with a nourish-ing breakfast is most important. Others equate agood day with feeling well and being energetic.Weather conditions can also be a significant factorin our outlook. To many, having a good day is justbeing able to get started and satisfy their needs. Those needs, however, include more than food,clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities. Whentempted by the Devil to turn stones into bread, Je-sus said: “Man must live, not on bread alone, buton every utterance coming forth through Jeho-vah’s mouth.” (Matt. 4:4) Yes, we have another ba-sic need to care for if we truly want to be happy.In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made mentionof it when he said: “Happy are those conscious oftheir spiritual need.” (Matt. 5:3) Happiness is pos-sible because that need can be satisfied through anunderstanding of God’s written Word, the Bible. For many, that spiritual need comes to the sur-face when they ask: ‘Why are we here? What is thepurpose of life?’ The answer becomes clear when
  5. 5. they are helped to realize that rather than evolv-ing from lower life-forms, man was created by aloving God. Moreover, we were formed “in God’simage,” mirroring some of his qualities. (Gen. 1:27;Deut. 32:4; Job 12:13; Isa. 40:26; 1 John 4:8) Jeho-vah created us not only with physical needs butalso with a spiritual need. We have an innate desireto know and worship God. (Rev. 4:11) By studyingthe Bible, we learn spiritual truths—facts aboutGod, his standards, and his purpose for mankind.What we learn is for our good because Jehovahteaches us the best way of life.—Isa. 48:17; Luke11:28. Just as our body needs to be sustained regu-larly with physical food, our spirituality must benourished regularly. Even though we have learnedmany spiritual truths, our imperfect minds tend toforget. We become engrossed in the daily concernsof life. We are bombarded by the propaganda ofSatan’s system of things. But the inspired Wordof God can teach us, reprove us when necessary,set matters straight, and keep us “fully compe-tent, completely equipped for every good work.”—2 Tim. 3:16, 17. How important, then, daily reminders from theBible are! That is why this publication, the 2011edition of Examining the Scriptures Daily, is pro-duced. In it you will find a Scripture text with com-ments for each day of the year. These daily gemswill remind you of the truths you cherish, of theneed to stay spiritually awake, and of the wayyou can please God. (1 Thess. 5:6) The brevity ofthe printed comments makes it possible to reviewthem in just a few minutes. Many do this in themorning, either by themselves or with their familyat the breakfast table. If you begin each day in thisway, it will truly be a good start to the day.
  6. 6. 2011 Yeartext “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah.” —Zeph. 3:12. On January 12, 2010, the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince was struck by a devastating earthquake with a mag-nitude of 7.0. Many buildings collapsed, including hos-pitals, schools, the headquarters of the United Nationsmission, and sections of the presidential palace. More than225,000 deaths resulted. Not knowing where to go for ref-uge, people poured into the streets and for weeks after-ward camped in any open areas they could find. Thisproved wise, as aftershocks rocked the city, including oneof 6.1 magnitude that occurred on January 20. The best place to seek refuge is always a questionwhen a calamity strikes. Should one stay put or move?What location will prove safest? Who can be turned to forhelp? Decisions are easier when just a relatively small areais affected. But what if the calamity is widespread, evenglobal? Those who think that a global calamity is far-fetchedneed to consider the Flood and Jesus’ warning: “Just as thedays of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man willbe.” And did not Jesus say that unless the great tribulationwas cut short, “no flesh would be saved”?—Matt. 24:22, 37. Also of note is the prophetic account in Revelationchapter 16. In verse 14, we learn that demonic expressions“go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gath-er them together to the war of the great day of God the Al-mighty.” The prophecy goes on to relate that “a greatearthquake occurred such as had not occurred since mencame to be on the earth, so extensive an earthquake, sogreat.” (Rev. 16:18) While those statements are symbolic innature, they do indicate that destructive events of globalproportions are coming and that there is a great need toseek a place of refuge. And Jehovah has promised such ref-uge for those who seek him in true faith.—Zeph. 1:14, 15,18; 2:2, 3. Even now, before those foretold events occur, there isa need to find refuge. Why? After foretelling the Devil’s
  7. 7. defeat and his ouster from heaven at the time of the King-dom’s birth in 1914, the Bible relates that Satan—full ofwrath and confined to the vicinity of the earth—goes offto wage war with those “who observe the commandmentsof God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.”—Rev. 12:17. A powerful, invisible enemy who is aware of our per-sonal weaknesses is a fearsome foe indeed. But there arethose who are more powerful than Satan, foremost ofwhom is Jehovah God. What better stronghold, what bet-ter place of refuge, could there be than in the protec-tion of the Almighty One himself? With inspired wisdom,King Solomon wrote: “The name of Jehovah is a strongtower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.”—Prov. 18:10. The Hebrew prophet Joel cited the saving power of Je-hovah’s name when he wrote: “Everyone who calls on thename of Jehovah will get away safe.” (Joel 2:32) The apos-tle Peter confirmed this when the Christian congregationwas founded on the day of Pentecost 33 C.E. Peter said:“Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.”(Acts 2:21) Years later, the apostle Paul made the samepoint. (Rom. 10:13) Today, it is Jehovah God in whom wetoo must find refuge. He will prove to be our unconquer-able stronghold! As the name Jehovah (meaning “He Causes To Be-come”) implies, God will prove to be whatever is needed inany circumstances. He will do so for the sake of his peopleand in line with his purpose. Jehovah can meet any chal-lenge successfully. There is no greater refuge in thesetrialsome times. It is with this in mind that the GoverningBody has chosen as the yeartext for 2011 these words foundat Zephaniah 3:12: “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah.” DAILY TEXTS AND COMMENTS In the following pages, you will find a Scripture textfor each day and comments on that text. The commentsare taken from the Watchtower (w) issues of April 2009 toMarch 2010. Figures following the date of the Watchtower is-sue refer to the number, in order, of each study article (1, 2,3, 4, or 5) appearing in that issue, followed by the para-graphs where further comments may be found.
  8. 8. Saturday, January 1 mandments. (John 14:15) Like Jesus, his disciples displayedAll those desiring to live with deep love and affection for thosegodly devotion in association to whom they preached. En-with Christ Jesus will also be during persecution and risking persecuted.—2 Tim. 3:12. death, they ministered to oth- What precious knowledge we ers and succeeded in preach-as Jehovah’s servants have! Yes, ing the good news. What affec-we understand who is to blame tion they felt for those whom theyfor deteriorating world condi- helped spiritually! Touching in-tions. Do we not, then, feel im- deed are the words of the apos-pelled to share in the field min- tle Paul, who wrote: “Having aistry so as to inform people of tender affection for you, we werethe identity of the chief trou- well pleased to impart to you, notblemaker? And are we not hap- only the good news of God, butpy to stand up for the true God, also our own souls, because youJehovah, and to explain to oth- became beloved to us.”—1 Thess.ers how he will put an end to Sa- 2:8. w09 7/15 3:16, 17tan and to mankind’s woes? Sa-tan is responsible not only for Monday, January 3many of the world’s sorrows but [Jesus] cured all who were far-also for the opposition that God’s ing badly.—Matt. 8:16.people experience. He is deter-mined to put us to the test. Jesus Practically everyone must faceChrist told the apostle Peter: “Si- health problems, either his ownmon, Simon, look! Satan has de- or those of family members. Je-manded to have you men to sift sus’ mental attitude toward theyou as wheat.” (Luke 22:31) Simi- sick serves as an example for us.larly, each of us who follows in His love moved him to feel pityJesus’ footsteps will experience for them and he cured them. To-trials in some way or other. Peter day, Christians do not have Je-compared the Devil to “a roaring sus’ miraculous power to heal,lion, seeking to devour someone.” but they do share Jesus’ com-—1 Pet. 5:8. w09 4/15 2:5, 6 passionate attitude toward the sick. May we also strive to treat Sunday, January 2 others kindly, even when theirWe became gentle in the midst imperfections and weaknesses come to the fore. Let us coura- of you.—1 Thess. 2:7. geously obey all of Jehovah’s re- Jesus was patient and under- quirements, even in the face ofstanding. When his disciples trials. Finally, let us show Christ-needed correction, he offered like love to all our brothers, asit with love. (Mark 9:33-37) He Christ himself did, “to the end.”encouraged them by expressing Such love identifies us as Jesus’confidence that they would be true followers. (John 13:1, 34, 35)effective preachers of the good Yes, “let your brotherly love con-news. No man has ever been a tinue.” (Heb. 13:1) Do not holdmore loving teacher than Jesus. back! Use your life to praise Jeho-The love he showed to his disci- vah and to help others! Jehovahples impelled them to love him will bless your sincere efforts.in return and to keep his com- w09 9/15 3:16, 17, 19, 20
  9. 9. Tuesday, January 4 treasures that Jehovah urges his worshippers to seek. Among such Safeguard your heart. treasures is “the fear of Jeho- —Prov. 4:23. vah,” which can be a protection In the complex world in which and a safeguard for us in thesewe live, many decisions need to perilous times. Finding “the verybe made that involve our obe- knowledge of God” can lead todience to God. How can we be the greatest honor any humansure that these decisions are in can have—a close personal rela-harmony with God’s will? Jeho- tionship with the Most High. Andvah has given us a gift that can with the treasures of God-givenhelp us greatly in this matter of wisdom, knowledge, and discern-obedience. It is the conscience. ment, we will be able to deal suc-What is the conscience? It is a cessfully with problems and is-special kind of self-awareness. It sues in our daily life.—Prov. 9:10, 11. w09 7/15 1:1-3acts like an internal judge, en-abling us to look at the choices we Thursday, January 6face in life or to reflect on theactions we have already taken The kingdom of God will beand to evaluate them as to good taken from you and be given toor bad, right or wrong. (Rom. 2: a nation producing its fruits.14, 15) The conscience, however, —Matt. 21:43.has its limitations. For example, Jehovah spoke of his people,if we were to give the desires of the ancient nation of Israel, as aour heart too much prominence, collective servant. “ ‘You [plural]our selfish tendencies might well are my witnesses [plural],’ is thedistort the conscience. (Jer. 17:9) utterance of Jehovah, ‘even myIf we do not rely on the sure, servant [singular] whom I haveunchanging guidance of God’s chosen.’ ” (Isa. 43:10) All mem-Word, the Bible, our conscience bers of the nation were includedmight be nearly useless.—Ps. in that one servant class. How-119:105. w09 8/15 4:6, 8 ever, it is important to note that only the priests together with Wednesday, January 5 the nonpriestly Levites were re-The fear of Jehovah is pure, sponsible for teaching the nation. standing forever.—Ps. 19:9. (2 Chron. 35:3; Mal. 2:7) Was the nation of Israel the slave about Discoveries of hidden treasures whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:have often made headline news. 45? No. We know that from theSome finds may have historical words of today’s text, which Je-or artistic value, but they usual- sus said to the Jews of his day.ly have little or no effect on our Clearly, a change was to occur.day-to-day life. However, God’s Jehovah would use a new nation.Word invites us to search for trea- Nevertheless, when it comes tosures that truly affect us. The in- spiritual instruction, the workvitation is open to everyone, and of the slave in Jesus’ illustrationthe reward is worth far more than does follow a pattern similar toany material treasure. (Prov. 2: that of God’s “servant” in ancient1-6) Consider the value of the Israel. w09 6/15 4:4, 5
  10. 10. Friday, January 7 gel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and Keep yourselves clean. a great chain in his hand.” This —Isa. 52:11. is none other than the archangel Many years before Isaiah wrote Michael, who will bind the Devilthe above words, good King Asa and hurl him—and evidently thevigorously pursued a campaign demons—into the abyss. Theyto root out immorality in Ju- will be released briefly at the enddah. (1 Ki. 15:11-13) And centu- of Christ’s Millennial Reign whenries later, the apostle Paul told perfect mankind will experienceTitus that Jesus gave himself a final test. Thereafter, Satanto cleanse his followers to make and all other rebels will suffer de-them “a people peculiarly his struction. (Rev. 20:1-3, 7-10) Allown, zealous for fine works.” (Ti- rebellion against God will have been removed. w09 5/15 3:20, 21tus 2:14) In today’s vice-riddensociety, it is not easy—especial- Sunday, January 9ly for youths—to keep morallyclean. For instance, all of God’s He went journeying from cityservants, young and old alike, to city and from village to vil-must battle to keep free from lage, preaching and declaringthe contamination of pornog- the good news of the kingdom ofraphy that is displayed on bill- God.—Luke 8:1.boards, on the TV screen, in A good teacher makes his stu-films, and particularly on the In- dents feel comfortable so thatternet. Our zeal in heeding God’s they are eager to involve them-warnings can help us to develop a selves in what they are learninghatred for what is bad. (Ps. 97: and are happy to express them-10; Rom. 12:9) We need to abhor selves. A loving teacher impartspornography in order to “break knowledge because he genuinelyfree from its powerful, magnetic cares for his students. He adaptspull,” as one Christian expressed his teaching to their needs andit. w09 6/15 2:14, 15 their level of understanding. He is sensitive to the abilities Saturday, January 8 and circumstances of his stu-The Devil has been sinning from dents. When teachers have such the beginning.—1 John 3:8. love, students will discern it, and teaching and learning are enjoy- “At the revelation of the Lord able. Jesus showed that kind ofJesus from heaven with his pow- love. His greatest expression oferful angels,” all “who do not love was to surrender his perfectknow God and those who do not human life so that others mightobey the good news about our be saved. (John 15:13) During hisLord Jesus” will be destroyed. ministry, Jesus tirelessly cared(2 Thess. 1:6-10) When John saw for people physically and espe-that same event in vision, he cially spiritually. Rather than ex-described Jesus and the angel- pecting people to come to him,ic heavenly armies as going forth he traveled hundreds of miles onon white horses in order to car- foot to share the good news withry on war in righteousness. (Rev. them.—Matt. 4:23-25. w09 7/15 3:19:11-14) John also “saw an an- 15, 16
  11. 11. Monday, January 10 know Jehovah. (Ps. 77:12) A very fine way to become even moreThe zeal for your house will eat intimately acquainted with Je- me up.—John 2:17. hovah is to follow the Christ. In Jerusalem at the temple in Just think of the glory Jesusthe Court of the Gentiles, Je- had alongside his Father “beforesus discovers “those selling cat- the world was”! (John 17:5) He istle and sheep and doves and the “the beginning of the creation bymoney brokers in their seats.” God.” (Rev. 3:14) As “the first-Brandishing a whip made of born of all creation,” he lived forropes, he drives out all the an- aeons in heaven with his Father,imals. Jesus also pours out the Jehovah. (Col. 1:15) During hiscoins of the money changers and prehuman existence, Jesus didoverturns their tables. He orders more than just spend time withthose selling doves to take what his Father. He was God’s person-they have and leave. (John 2:13- al companion. w09 5/15 4:3, 416) Jesus’ actions relate direct-ly to his concern for the temple. Wednesday, January 12“Stop making the house of my God gave us not a spirit of cow-Father a house of merchandise!” ardice, but that of power and ofhe commands. As Jesus’ disci- love and of soundness of mind.ples observe these events, they —2 Tim. 1:7.recall the words penned centu-ries earlier by the psalmist Da- “Soundness of mind” involvesvid: “The zeal for your house will being able to think and reasoneat me up.” (John 2:16, 17; Ps. sensibly. It includes the ability69:9) In this 21st century, over to face things as they are—notseven million Christians manifest the way you would like them toconcern for God’s house. Individ- be. Some immature youths man-ually, we may ask, ‘How can I in- ifest a spirit of cowardice andcrease my personal zeal for Jeho- mentally try to escape stressfulvah’s house?’ w09 6/15 1:1-3 situations by resorting to exces- sive sleep or TV viewing, drug Tuesday, January 11 or alcohol abuse, constant party-[God] is not far off from each ing, or sexual immorality. Chris- one of us.—Acts 17:27. tians are admonished “to repu- diate ungodliness and worldly We can seek God and really desires and to live with sound-come to know him. For example, ness of mind and righteousnessthe book of creation speaks vol- and godly devotion amid thisumes about God’s qualities and present system of things.” (Titusabilities. Appreciatively reflect- 2:12) The Bible exhorts “youn-ing on his creative works can ger men to be sound in mind.”teach us a great deal about the (Titus 2:6) Heeding this counselCreator. (Rom. 1:20) Jehovah has means that you will face prob-also revealed details about him- lems prayerfully and will rely onself in his written Word, the Bi- God-given strength. (1 Pet. 4:7)ble. (2 Tim. 3:16, 17) The more Thus, you will develop confidencewe ‘meditate on his activity’ and in “the strength that God sup-‘concern ourselves with his deal- plies.”—1 Pet. 4:11. w09 5/15 2:ings,’ the better we can get to 9, 10
  12. 12. Thursday, January 13 The narrative opens our eyes to events of far-reaching impor-He went forth conquering and tance that occurred in heaven to complete his conquest. and underscores the paramount —Rev. 6:2. issue of God’s universal sover- Like D avid, Jesus is a con- eignty. The account of Job alsoquering king. Shortly after he deepens our understanding ofwas installed as King of God’s what is involved in keeping integ-Kingdom, he conquered Satan in rity and helps us to grasp why Je-battle and hurled him and his de- hovah sometimes allows his ser-mons down to the earth. (Rev. 12: vants to suffer. Furthermore, the7-9) His victorious ride will con- book of Job identifies Satan thetinue until he will “complete his Devil as Jehovah’s chief Adver-conquest,” completely destroying sary and mankind’s enemy. TheSatan’s wicked system. (Rev. 19: book also shows that imperfect11, 19-21) Like David, though, Je- humans like Job can remain loyalsus is a compassionate king, and to Jehovah despite intense test-he will protect the “great crowd” ing. w09 4/15 1:1, 2through Armageddon. (Rev. 7:9,14) Furthermore, under the rule Saturday, January 15of Jesus and his joint heirs, the The creation itself also will beresurrected 144,000, there will be“a resurrection of both the righ- set free from enslavement toteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts corruption and have the glori-24:15) Those who are resurrected ous freedom of the children ofon earth will have the prospect God.—Rom. 8:21.of living forever. What a wonder- Today, the prospect of livingful future awaits them! May we forever on earth fills the heartsall be determined to continue to of millions with gratitude to-“do what is good,” so that we will ward Jehovah. The prophet Isa-be alive when the earth is filledwith righteous, happy subjects of iah was inspired to write aboutthe Greater David.—Ps. 37:27-29. the kind of life that God’s peoplew09 4/15 5:10, 11 will enjoy on earth. (Isa. 65:21- 25) Certain trees that were alive Friday, January 14 some 2,700 years ago when Isaiah wrote those words are evidentlyLet the name of Jehovah contin- still alive today. Can you imag- ue to be blessed.—Job 1:21. ine yourself living that long with Moses was about 40 years old strength and good health? In-when he fled from Egypt and took stead of being a short walk fromup residence in Midian. (Acts 7: the cradle to the grave, life will23) During his stay in that land, present endless opportunities tohe could have heard of the trials build, plant, and learn. Think ofof Job, who was living nearby the friendships you will be able toin the land of Uz. Jewish tradi- cultivate. Those loving relation-tion holds that Moses wrote the ships will continue to grow indef-book of Job sometime after Job’s initely. What “glorious freedom”death. The book of Job strength- will then be enjoyed on earth byens the faith of God’s servants “the children of God”! w09 8/15 3:in modern times. In what ways? 17-19
  13. 13. Sunday, January 16 “Do not become wise in your own eyes.” (Prov. 3:7) Instead, follow[God’s] will is that all sorts of the wise counsel that Moses gavemen should be saved and come to God’s people in ancient times:to an accurate knowledge of “Jehovah your God you should truth.—1 Tim. 2:4. fear. Him you should serve, and Jehovah’s Witnesses scour the to him you should cling.” (Deut.earth in search of those who 10:20) By clinging to Jehovah, weyearn to know and serve God. will be imitating Jesus, of whomIn fact, for the past 17 years it was said: “You loved righteous-in a row, we have spent over ness, and you hated lawless-one billion hours annually in the ness.” (Heb. 1:9) Paying atten-preaching and disciple-making tion to godly wisdom will deepenwork. We do so willingly, although our happiness now and safeguardthe preaching work requires that us in times to come.—Eccl. 7:12.we sacrifice time, energy, and w09 4/15 3:18, 19material resources. Like Jesus,we understand that our loving Tuesday, January 18heavenly Father desires that peo- Through one man sin enteredple acquire the knowledge that into the world and deathleads to everlasting life. (John through sin, and thus death17:3) Love moves us to help hon- spread to all men because theyesthearted ones to come to know had all sinned.—Rom. 5:12.and love Jehovah as we do. Yes,to be truly effective teachers, we The infection rate of sin isneed a threefold love—love for 100 percent. (Rom. 3:23) AndGod, love of the truth, and love what is the mortality rate? Paulfor people. As we cultivate that wrote that sin brings death “tokind of love and display it in our all men.” Many today do not seeministry, we experience not only sin and death in such dire terms.the joy of giving but also the sat- They worry about what they callisfaction of knowing that we im- premature death, but they dis-itate Jesus and please Jehovah. miss as “natural” the death thatw09 7/15 3:18, 20 creeps up on humans through the aging process. It is all too easy for Monday, January 17 humans to forget the Creator’sAbhor what is wicked, cling to perspective. Our lifespan is infi- what is good.—Rom. 12:9. nitely shorter than he meant it to be. Actually, no human has lived The unwholesome influences for even “one day” from Jehovah’sthat are prevalent in Satan’s point of view. (2 Pet. 3:8) God’sworld could cause us to lose our Word thus says that our lives aregrip on godly principles. For in- as transitory as a season’s growthstance, association with those of grass or as an exhaled breath.who do not adhere to God’s laws (Ps. 39:5; 1 Pet. 1:24) We need—whether at school or at work to keep that perspective in mind.or through some form of un- Why? If we see the severity of thegodly entertainment—might af- “disease” that afflicts us, we canfect our determination to do what better appreciate the value of theis right. Do not let that hap- “cure”—our deliverance. w09 9/15pen to you! God’s Word warns: 5:3, 4
  14. 14. Wednesday, January 19 by name. He loves his sheep so much that while on earth he will-In every way we recommend ingly gave of himself for theirourselves as God’s ministers, well-being. (John 10:3, 14, 15) . . . by truthful speech. As the Fine Shepherd, Jesus ac- —2 Cor. 6:4, 7. complishes something that David This certainly proved to be the could never do. His ransom sac-case with a Witness living in Brit- rifice opened the way for man-ain. Attempting to sell a car to a kind to be rescued from death.prospective buyer, he described Nothing will stop him from shep-all its good points as well as its herding his “little flock” to im-faults, including those that could mortal life in heaven and leadingnot be seen. After taking the car his “other sheep” to everlastingfor a test drive, the buyer asked life in a righteous new world freethe brother if he was one of Jeho- from wolflike predators.—Johnvah’s Witnesses. Why did he draw 10:27-29. w09 4/15 5:7that conclusion? The man hadtaken note of the brother’s hon- Friday, January 21esty as well as his neat appear- Keep yourselves in God’s love.ance. The ensuing discussion ledto a fine witness being given. Do —Jude 21.we likewise bring praise to our This text implies that some ac-Creator by our good moral char- tion is required on our part.acter? Paul said: “We have re- What, then, do we need to do innounced the underhanded things order to remain in God’s love?of which to b e ashamed, not We find the answer to that ques-walking with cunning.” (2 Cor. tion in Jesus’ own words, spoken4:2) Hence, let us do our utmost on the final night of his life hereto speak truth with our neighbor. on earth. He said: “If you observeIn so doing, we will bring glory to my commandments, you will re-our heavenly Father and to his main in my love, just as I have ob-people. w09 6/15 3:19, 20 served the commandments of Thursday, January 20 the Father and remain in his love.” (John 15:10) Clearly, Je- I am the fine shepherd. sus felt that observing Jehovah’s —John 10:11. commandments was essential to The years David spent in fields keeping a good standing with hisand on hills tending sheep pre- Father. Now, if that was true ofp ared him for the demand- the perfect Son of God, would iting duties and responsibilities of not be true of us also? Primari-shepherding the nation of Isra- ly, we show that we love Jehovahel. (Ps. 78:70, 71) Jesus too has by obeying him. The apostle Johnproved to be a model shepherd. expressed it this way: “This isHe derives strength and guidance what the love of God means, thatfrom Jehovah as he shepherds we observe his commandments;his “little flock” and the “other and yet his commandments aresheep.” (Luke 12:32; John 10:16) not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)Thus Jesus proves to be the Fine Yes, Jehovah does not ask us toShepherd. He knows his flock do something that is too hard forso well that he calls each sheep us. w09 8/15 4:2-4
  15. 15. Saturday, January 22 everlasting life is an essential as- pect of the good news that weWhat will be the sign of your preach. It molds our very out-presence and of the conclusion look on life. For the most part, of the system of things? the religions of Christendom —Matt. 24:3. have ignored the hope of ever- The initial fulfillment of the lasting life on earth. Whereasprophecy that Jesus gave his dis- the Bible teaches that the soulciples in answer to their question dies, the majority of churchestook place in the first century. Je- teach the unscriptural doctrinesus spoke of an unusual devel- that man has an immortal soulopment that would signal that that survives death and livesthe end was imminent. Upon ob- on in the spirit realm. (Ezek.serving that development, “those 18:20) Hence, many people arein Judea [were to] begin fleeing skeptical about everlasting lifeto the mountains.” (Matt. 24:1, 2, on earth. w09 8/15 1:1, 215-22) Nearly three decades lat- Monday, January 24er, in 61 C.E., the apostle Paulpenned a strong, sobering mes- He that has endured to the endsage to Hebrew Christians living is the one that will be saved.in Jerusalem and its surround- —Matt. 24:13.ings. Unknown to both Paul and It would be a mistake to low-his fellow believers, the signal er our moral and spiritual stan-marking the opening stage of a dards, perhaps thinking that we“great tribulation” was only about are strong enough to resist thefive years away. (Matt. 24:21) In effects of bad association, includ-66 C.E., Cestius Gallus led Ro- ing when that association mightman troops in a nearly successful be in the form of violent, immor-attack on Jerusalem. But then he al entertainment. Instead, wesuddenly withdrew, leaving open must protect ourselves and oura window of opportunity for en- children from the corrupting in-dangered ones to escape to safe- fluences of Satan’s spirit. Com-ty. w09 5/15 1:1, 2 puter users take pains to prevent Sunday, January 23 their equipment from becom- ing infected with malicious vi-He will wipe out every tear from ruses that can destroy data, in-their eyes, and death will be no terfere with operation, and evenmore, neither will mourning nor take over the machine. Should weoutcry nor pain be anymore. be any less vigilant in protect-The former things have passed ing ourselves from Satan’s “crafty away.—Rev. 21:4. acts”? (Eph. 6:11, ftn.) Practically every day, in some way we have to Perhaps you recall the joy you choose if we will do things Jeho-felt when you first learned that vah’s way or not. In order to gainin the near future, people will salvation, we must obey God andno longer grow old and die but live by his righteous principles.will live forever on earth. (John By following Christ’s example of17:3) You have probably enjoyed obedience even “as far as death,”sharing that Scriptural hope with we show that our faith is real.others. After all, the hope of —Phil. 2:8. w09 9/15 2:8, 9
  16. 16. Tuesday, January 25 to weaken in the face of world- ly pressure. Christian parentsUnless anyone is born from wa- realize that a child’s upbringingter and spirit, he cannot enter entails more than providing for into the kingdom of God. his material needs. Therefore, it —John 3:5. would be extremely shortsighted Jesus told Nicodemus that to teach a child to pursue goalsthose entering the Kingdom of that would serve only for his ma-the heavens must b e “b orn terial advantage. Jesus taught hisagain.” (John 3:3, 4) Jesus did not disciples to make spiritual val- ues and pursuits their priority.stop with that. He then spoke of (Matt. 6:33) Therefore, in imita-the hope that is open to the whole tion of Jesus, Christian parentsworld. (John 3:16) Jesus was re- should also strive to cultivate inferring to the hope of everlast- their children a desire to pursueing life for his anointed follow- spiritual goals. w09 7/15 2:13, 14ers in heaven and for others onearth. After speaking to Nico- Thursday, January 27demus in Jerusalem, Jesus trav-eled north toward Galilee. On Jehovah God will raise up forthe way, he met a woman at Ja- you from among your brothers acob’s fountain near the city of prophet like me.—Acts 3:22.Sychar in Samaria. He told her: Shortly after Pentecost 33 C.E.,“Whoever drinks from the water the apostle Peter quoted a proph-that I will give him will never get ecy by Moses that was fulfilledthirsty at all, but the water that I in Jesus Christ. Peter was stand-will give him will become in him ing before a crowd of worship-a fountain of water bubbling up pers in the temple. The peopleto impart everlasting life.” (John were “surprised out of their wits”4:5, 6, 14) This water represents when Peter and John healed aGod’s provisions for the restora- beggar who was lame from birth.tion of all mankind to everlasting (Acts 3:11) Peter explained thatlife, including those who will live this astonishing act was a resulton earth. w09 8/15 2:8, 9 of Jehovah’s holy spirit operat- ing through Jesus Christ. Then, Wednesday, January 26 quoting from the Hebrew Scrip-The advantage of knowledge tures, he said the words foundis that wisdom itself preserves in today’s text. (Deut. 18:15, 18, alive its owners.—Eccl. 7:12. 19) Those words of Moses were likely familiar to Peter’s audi- If parents strive to apply Bible ence. As Jews, they had a high re-principles in everyday matters, gard for Moses. (Deut. 34:10)this will not escape their chil- With keen anticip ation, theydren’s notice. The parents’ words looked forward to the coming of aand teachings will carry weight. prophet greater than Moses. ThatHowever, if children perceive a prophet would prove to be notdouble standard, they might just a messiah, an anointed onedraw the conclusion that Bible of God like Moses, but the Messi-principles are not really impor- ah, “the Christ of God, the Cho-tant or practical. As a result, the sen One” of Jehovah.—Luke 23:children may be more inclined 35; Heb. 11:26. w09 4/15 4:6, 7
  17. 17. Friday, January 28 states: “David’s fame began to go out into all the lands, and Jeho-He has not done to us even ac- vah himself put the dread of himcording to our sins; nor accord- upon all the nations.” (1 Chron.ing to our errors has he brought 14:17) Like King David, the man upon us what we deserve. Jesus w as fearless. As King- —Ps. 103:10. Designate, he showed his au- thority over the demons, rescu- In order to grasp the severity of ing victims from their clutches.sin and its effects, we must try to (Mark 5:2, 6-13; Luke 4:36) Evenfathom what it has cost us. That the archenemy, Satan the Devil,may be difficult at first because has no hold on him. With Jeho-sin cost us something we have vah’s support, Jesus conquerednever yet experienced. Adam and the world, which lies in Satan’sEve initially enjoyed perfect hu- power.—John 14:30; 1 John 5:19.man life. Perfect in mind and w09 4/15 5:8, 9body, they could choose to con-trol their thoughts, feelings, and Sunday, January 30actions. Thus they were free togrow as servants of Jehovah God, Come to me, all you who areto fulfill the tremendous poten- toiling and loaded down, and Itial within them. Instead, they will refresh you. Take my yokethrew away that precious gift. upon you and learn from me,By choosing to sin against Jeho- for I am mild-tempered andvah, they lost for themselves and lowly in heart, and you will findtheir offspring the kind of life refreshment for your souls.that Jehovah intended for them. —Matt. 11:28, 29.(Gen. 3:16-19) At the same time, Jesus, the perfect Son of God,they inflicted on themselves and willingly came to earth to serveon us the terrible “disease” of among imperfect and sinful peo-sin. Rightly, Jehovah condemned ple. Some of those would laterthem. But for us, he holds out the kill him. Yet, Jesus always main-hope of deliverance. w09 9/15 5:5 tained his joy and self-control. Saturday, January 29 (1 Pet. 2:21-23) ‘Looking intent- ly’ at Jesus’ example can helpIn the world you are having us to do the same when oth-tribulation, but take courage! I ers’ faults and imperfections af- have conquered the world. fect us. (Heb. 12:2) Jesus invit- —John 16:33. ed his disciples to ‘get under his yoke with him’ and thus to learn As king, David was a resolute from him. (Matt. 11:29, ftn.) Whatwarrior who protected the land of could they learn? For one thing,God’s people, and “Jehovah kept Jesus was mild-tempered, and hesaving David wherever he went.” was patient with his disciples de-Under David’s leadership, the na- spite their faults. On the nighttion’s boundaries were extended before he died, Jesus washedfrom the river of Egypt to the riv- their feet, thereby teaching themer Euphrates. (2 Sam. 8:1-14) In a lesson in being “lowly in heart”Jehovah’s strength, he became a that they would never forget.most powerful ruler. The Bible —John 13:14-17. w09 9/15 1:1, 3
  18. 18. Monday, January 31 (Job 1:5) Even when being severe- ly tested, Job still said positiveJehovah himself turned back the things about Jehovah. (Job 10:12)captive condition of Job when he What a fine example! We too mustprayed in behalf of his compan- regularly take in accurate knowl-ions, and Jehovah began to give edge of Jehovah and his purpos-in addition all that had been es. We hold to a healthy routine in Job’s, in double amount. such spiritual activities as study, —Job 42:10. meeting attendance, prayer, and the preaching of the good news. What Job learned about God Moreover, we do everything inaroused in him the desire to our power to make known theplease Jehovah. In case his fam- name of Jehovah. And just asily members might have done Job’s integrity pleased Jehovah,something displeasing to God or so the integrity of God’s servants“have cursed God in their heart,” today makes Jehovah’s heart re-he regularly offered sacrifices. joice. w09 4/15 1:9, 18 Tuesday, February 1 Wednesday, February 2Become an example to the faith- Ezra . . . had prepared his heart ful ones.—1 Tim. 4:12. to consult the law of Jehovah Paul was urging Timothy to and to do it.—Ezra 7:10.keep applying himself in order One way to prepare our heart isto make progress in speech, con- by diligently studying the Scrip-duct, love, faith, and chasteness, tures and Bible-based publica-as well as in the way he fulfilled tions. Imagine yourself in the fol-his ministry. He was to strive to lowing situation. Suppose it ismake his manner of life exem- your evening for personal study.plary. (1 Tim. 4:13-15) When Paul You have just prayed for Jeho-penned this counsel sometime vah’s spirit to help you to ap-between 61 and 64 C.E., Timothy ply what you learn from his Word.was already an experienced el- You have plans to watch a par-der. In 49 or 50 C.E. when Timo- ticular movie on TV the nextthy was likely in his late teens or evening, yet you know that itearly 20’s, he was “well report- contains some immorality and vi-ed on by the brothers in Lystra olence. You ponder Paul’s coun-and Iconium,” who had observed sel at Ephesians 5:3: “Let forni-his spiritual progress. (Acts 16: cation and uncleanness of every1-5) At that time, Paul took Tim- sort or greediness not even beothy with him on his mission- mentioned among you, just as itary journey. After observing Tim- befits holy people.” You also re-othy’s further progress for some call Paul’s advice at Philippiansmonths, Paul dispatched him to 4:8. As you weigh this inspiredThessalonica in order to com- counsel, you ask yourself, ‘If I de-fort and make firm the Christians liberately expose my heart andin that city. (1 Thess. 3:1-3, 6) mind to such programs, am I fol-Clearly, Timothy began to make lowing Jesus’ example of stricthis advancement manifest to oth- obedience to God?’ What will youers when he was a young person. do? Will you watch that moview09 5/15 2:3-5 anyway? w09 9/15 2:5-7
  19. 19. Thursday, February 3 “Without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion, and fur-Who really is the faithful and nished themes for more sermons,discreet slave whom his master orations, discussions, learnedappointed over his domestics, to volumes, works of art, and songsgive them their food at the of praise, than the whole army of proper time?—Matt. 24:45. great men of ancient and modern After raising this question, Je- times.” That remarkable youngsus then went on to say that man was, of course, Jesus Christ.this slave would be rewarded Said the apostle John: “Therefor his faithfulness by being ap- are, in fact, many other thingspointed over all of the Master’s also which Jesus did, which, ifbelongings. (Matt. 24:46, 47) Je- ever they were written in full de-sus, the “master” in the illustra- tail, I suppose, the world itselftion, did not say that there would could not contain the scrolls writ-be a multitude of slaves scattered ten.”—John 21:25. w09 4/15 4:1, 2throughout the various sects ofChristendom. Instead, he clearly Saturday, February 5stated that there would be only Maintain your conduct fineone “steward,” or “slave,” whom among the nations.—1 Pet. 2:12.he would appoint over all his be-longings. So as The Watchtower At Bethel homes throughouthas often explained, the stew- the world, brothers and sistersard must represent the “little work zealously and for no wag-flock” of anointed disciples as a es, volunteering their time andcollective body, or group. In the energy to help publish the goodcontext of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus news. Similarly, brothers and sis-had just referred to these ones. ters who work secularly to care(Luke 12:32, 42) The “body of at- for their families go about theirtendants,” or “domestics,” refers business in a whole-souled way.to this same group but highlights (Col. 3:23, 24) This often resultstheir role as individuals. w09 6/15 in improved job security, as em-4:1, 3 ployers value their conscientious attitude and do not want to lose Friday, February 4 them as employees. Our trust inJehovah God will raise up for Jehovah, our obedience to his in-you from among your brothers a structions, and the care we take of our meeting places are amongprophet like me. You must listen ways that we demonstrate zeal to him.—Acts 3:22. for Jehovah’s house. In addi- Two thousand years ago, the tion, we want to have as full abirth of a certain male child share as we can in the Kingdom-caused a multitude of angels in preaching and disciple-makingheaven to praise God in the hear- work. Whether we are young oring of some shepherds. (Luke 2:8- old, by our strenuously uphold-14) Thirty years later, that child, ing the clean standards associ-now an adult, began a minis- ated with our worship, we shalltry that lasted just three and a reap many benefits. And we willhalf years and yet changed his- continue to be known as a peopletory. Historian Philip Schaff was “zealous for fine works.”—Titusmoved to state of this young man: 2:14. w09 6/15 2:16-18
  20. 20. Sunday, February 6 needed. Because the matter has not previously been discussedIn the re-creation, when the Son by the parents, it would be ap-of man sits down upon his glo- propriate for the mother to in-rious throne, you who have fol- quire, “Did you ask your father?”lowed me will also yourselves If the son has not, she shouldsit upon twelve thrones, judging discuss the matter with her hus- the twelve tribes of Israel. band before anything is decided. —Matt. 19:28. Moreover, a Christian wife would Jesus told his ap ostles that certainly want to avoid contra-they would be among those who dicting her husband or challeng-would rule as kings and judge ing his opinion in front of their“the twelve tribes of Israel,” that children. If she disagrees withis, the world of mankind outside her husband about something,that heavenly ruling class. (1 Cor. she would talk with him in pri-6:2) He also spoke of a reward vate.—Eph. 6:4. w09 7/15 2:9, 10for “everyone” who follows him.Such individuals too “will inher- Tuesday, February 8it everlasting life.” (Matt. 19:29) [Christ] obtained an everlastingAll of this is to take place “in deliverance for us.—Heb. 9:12.the re-creation.” What did Je-sus mean by “the re-creation”? Among the most imp ortantSince Jesus used the term with- sacrifices required by the Lawout explanation, he evidently re- were those offered on the an-ferred to what had been the Jew- nual Day of Atonement. On thatish hope for centuries. There day, the high priest offered sacri-was to be a re-creation of con- fices to Jehovah to provide for theditions on earth, so that things atonement of sins—first those ofwould be as they were in the gar- the priestly class, then those ofden of Eden before Adam and the nonpriestly tribes. (Ex. 25:Eve sinned. The re-creation will 22; Lev. 16:1-30) The apostle Paulfulfill God’s promise of “creating was inspired to reveal the mean-new heavens and a new earth.” ing behind those symbolic ac-—Isa. 65:17. w09 8/15 2:4, 5 tions. He showed that the high priest pictured the Messiah, Je- Monday, February 7 sus Christ, while the offering ofJesus . . . gave no consideration the sacrifices signified Christ’sto a seizure, namely, that he sacrificial death. (Heb. 9:11- 14) That perfect sacrifice wouldshould be equal to God. No, but provide real atonement for twohe emptied himself and took a groups of people—the priestly slave’s form.—Phil. 2:5-7. class of Christ’s 144,000 spirit- A Christian wife does well to anointed brothers and the “oth-imitate Jesus by supporting her er sheep.” (John 10:16) Whenhusband’s headship. (1 Pet. 2: the high priest entered the Most21; 3:1, 2) Consider a situation in Holy, he foreshadowed Jesus’ en-which she has an opportunity to try into heaven itself to presentdo this. Her son is seeking per- before Jehovah God the value ofmission to engage in an activity the ransom sacrifice.—Heb. 9:24,for which parental permission is 25. w09 9/15 5:8, 9
  21. 21. Wednesday, February 9 let God’s Word educate and train our conscience so that it can beWe do have the mind of Christ. truly useful to us. We need to —1 Cor. 2:16. listen to our Bible-trained con- If the flaws of others easily an- science instead of letting ournoy us, we need to ask ourselves, selfish inclinations overwhelm it.‘How can I better reflect “the At the same time, we should en-mind of Christ”?’ Try to keep in deavor to respect the consciencesmind that Jesus did not become of our beloved spiritual brothersupset with his disciples, even and sisters. We make every effortwhen they showed a measure of to avoid stumbling them, keepingspiritual weakness. Consider the in mind that our brother’s con-case of the apostle Peter. When science may be more sensitive orJesus invited Peter to get out of restrictive than our own.—1 Cor.the boat and walk toward Him 8:12; 2 Cor. 4:2. w09 8/15 4:8, 9on the water, Peter actually didso for a while. Then Peter looked Friday, February 11at the windstorm and began to I do indeed also consider allsink. Did Jesus become incensedand say to him: “Serves you right! things to be loss on account ofLet that be a lesson to you”? the excelling value of the knowl-No! “Immediately stretching out edge of Christ Jesus.—Phil. 3:8.his hand Jesus caught hold of him From an early age, Robert ex-and said to him: ‘You with lit- celled in school. His academ-tle faith, why did you give way ic achievements as a high-schoolto doubt?’ ” (Matt. 14:28-31) If student qualified him to attendwe ever have to deal with a broth- any of the best universities in hiser’s apparent lack of faith, can country. But Robert chose to for-we figuratively stretch out our go what many viewed as a once-hand and help him to gain morefaith? That is certainly a lesson in-a-lifetime opportunity in or-evident in Jesus’ mild-tempered der to pursue his goal of servingaction toward Peter. w09 9/15 1: as a regular pioneer. (1 Cor. 7:2, 4, 5 29-31) What motivates Christians like Robert to expend themselves Thursday, February 10 in the preaching work? In ad- dition to their love for Jehovah, Hold a good conscience. which is the foremost reason, —1 Pet. 3:16. they appreciate the excelling val- Sadly, many p eople in this ue of divine education. Have youworld give undue prominence to considered lately what your lifethe desires of the heart while might be like if you had not comepaying little or no attention to to a knowledge of the truth? Re-the standards set out in God’s flecting on some of the outstand-Word. (Eph. 4:17-19) That is why ing blessings we enjoy as a resultso many people, though endowed of being taught by Jehovah willwith a conscience, do terrible help us to maintain our apprecia-things. (1 Tim. 4:2) We should tion for the good news and to bebe determined never to be like zealous in sharing it with others.that! Rather, let us continue to w09 9/15 4:1, 2
  22. 22. Saturday, February 12 23, 24) With the passing of time, the human life span declined.We mustered up boldness . . . Adam lived for 930 years. Theto speak to you the good news. Flood survivor Shem lived for only —1 Thess. 2:2. 600 years, and his son Arpachshad How pleasant it is to hear good for 438 years. Abraham’s father,news! And the best news of all Terah, lived for 205 years. The lifeis the good news of God’s King- span of Abraham was 175 years,dom. This good news assures us that of his son Isaac was 180 years,of an end to suffering, sickness, and that of Jacob was 147 years.pain, sorrow, and death. It opens (Gen. 5:5; 11:10-13, 32; 25:7; 35:the way to everlasting life, re- 28; 47:28) Many people must haveveals God’s purpose, and shows realized what this decline meantus how to come into a loving re- —the prospect of everlasting lifelationship with him. You would had been lost! w09 8/15 1:3think that everyone would re-joice to hear this news that Je- Monday, February 14sus shared with mankind. Sad- Look out: perhaps there may bely, though, that is not the case.Jesus told his disciples: “Do not someone who will carry you offthink I came to put peace upon as his prey through the philoso-the earth; I came to put, not phy and empty deception ac-peace, but a sword. . . . Indeed, a cording to the tradition of men.man’s enemies will be persons of —Col. 2:8.his own household.” (Matt. 10:34-36) Instead of embracing the We too must beware of the in-good news, most people reject it. fluences from Satan and his wick-Some make themselves enemies ed system. Worldly philosophy,of those who proclaim it, even if including secular humanism andthey are close family members. the theory of evolution, shapesw09 7/15 4:1, 2 people’s thinking, morals, goals, and lifestyle. False religion plays Sunday, February 13 a major role in many popular hol- iday celebrations. The entertain-As for the tree of the knowledge ment industry panders to theof good and bad you must not debased tendencies of the fall-eat from it, for in the day you en flesh, and much of the con-eat from it you will positively tent of the Internet poses a real die.—Gen. 2:17. danger to young and old alike. Jehovah’s purp ose for man- Constant exposure to these andkind was made evident at the other worldly trends can easilyvery beginning of human history. affect our feelings and attitudeGod clearly indicated that Adam toward the direction that Jeho-would live forever if he was obedi- vah provides, causing us to re-ent. (Gen. 2:9; 3:22) Adam’s ear- lax our firm hold on the real life.ly descendants no doubt learned (1 Tim. 6:17-19) Clearly, we needabout man’s fall from perfection, to grasp the meaning of Paul’swhich was confirmed by visible words to the Colossians and takeevidence. The entrance to the his counsel to heart if we do notgarden of Eden was blocked, and want to succumb to Satan’s cun-people grew old and died. (Gen. 3: ning schemes. w09 7/15 1:5, 6
  23. 23. Tuesday, February 15 on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has alreadyUpon them be peace and mercy, committed adultery with her in even upon the Israel of God. his heart.” (Ex. 20:14; Matt. 5:27, —Gal. 6:16. 28) After stating the Pharisaic in- The new nation, “the Israel of terpretation of a statement in theGod,” is made up of spiritual Is- Law—“you must love your neigh-raelites. (Matt. 21:43; Rom. 2:28, bor and hate your enemy”—Jesus29; 9:6) It came into existence made known Jehovah’s thinking,with the outpouring of God’s saying: “Continue to love your en-spirit at Pentecost 33 C.E. There- emies and to pray for those per-after, all spirit-anointed Chris- secuting you.” (Matt. 5:43, 44; Ex.tians became part of the nation 23:4) Gaining insight into howthat now served as the slave class God thinks and feels and what heappointed by the Master, Jesus requires of us equips us to imitateChrist. Each member of that na- him more fully. w09 5/15 4:6tion was given the commissionto preach the good news and Thursday, February 17make disciples. (Matt. 28:19, 20) Honor your father and yourBut was every member of that mother.—Matt. 15:4.group to be involved with provid-ing spiritual food at the proper You youngsters may at timestime? No. The apostle Paul tells be tempted to disobey your par-us: “Not all are apostles, are they? ents. So, what can help you toNot all are prophets, are they? follow Jesus’ example and re-Not all are teachers, are they?” sist temptation? (Matt. 4:1-10)(1 Cor. 12:29) Although all spirit- Likely, most of your schoolmatesbegotten Christians engaged in have little or no regard for Bi-the preaching work, only a very ble standards. They might try tolimited number—just eight dif- get you to participate in ques-ferent men—were used to write tionable activities and make funthe 27 books of the Christian of you when you refuse. Do yourGreek Scriptures. w09 6/15 4: schoolmates ever call you names6, 10 because you refuse to participate in certain activities with them? Wednesday, February 16 If so, how do you react? You You must love your fellow as know that if you allow yourself to yourself. I am Jehovah. be intimidated and go along with the crowd, you will disappoint —Lev. 19:18. your parents and Jehovah. Where Jesus showed what God re- would you wind up if you followedquires of us and how he feels your schoolmates? Perhaps youabout his worshippers. (Matt. have set certain goals for your-22:36-40; Luke 12:6, 7; 15:4-7) For self, such as becoming a pioneerexample, after quoting one of the or a ministerial servant, servingTen Commandments—“you must in a territory where there is anot commit adultery”—Jesus ex- greater need for Kingdom pub-plained God’s view of what takes lishers, or becoming a Bethelite.place inside the heart of a man Will associating with your school-long before he commits that act. mates help you reach your goals?He said: “Everyone that keeps w09 7/15 2:16, 17
  24. 24. Friday, February 18 believes him that sent me has everlasting life.” Jesus also said:Will God truly dwell upon the “The hour is coming in which allearth? Look! The heavens, yes, those in the memorial tombs willthe heaven of the heavens, hear [the Son of man’s] voice andthemselves cannot contain you; come out, those who did goodhow much less, then, this house things to a resurrection of life, that I have built!—1 Ki. 8:27. those who practiced vile things In ancient Israel, the house of to a resurrection of judgment.”God was the temple in Jerusa- (John 5:1-8, 19, 22, 24-29) Jesuslem. Of course, Jehovah did not was telling the persecuting Jewsliterally live there. He declared: that he was the one appointed“The heavens are my throne, and by God to fulfill the Jewish hopethe earth is my footstool. Where, of everlasting life on earth andthen, is the house that you peo- that he would do so by raising theple can build for me, and where, dead. w09 8/15 2:10then, is the place as a resting-place for me?” (Isa. 66:1) Never- Sunday, February 20theless, the temple built during I am no part of the world.Solomon’s reign served as the fo- —John 17:16.cal point for the worship of Jeho-vah, where prayers were offered. Surrounded as we are by this(1 Ki. 8:28-30) Today, Jehovah’s world’s attitudes and conduct, wehouse is no stone edifice in Jeru- need courage to resist contami-salem or anywhere else. Rather, nation. Christians deal with mor-it is the arrangement for us to ap- al, social, financial, and religiousproach him in worship on the ba- pressures that could cause themsis of Christ’s ransom sacrifice. to deviate from Jehovah’s righ-All of God’s faithful servants on teous ways. Many face family op-earth unite to worship Jehovah in position. In some countries, edu-this spiritual temple.—Isa. 60:4, cational institutions promote the8, 13; Acts 17:24; Heb. 8:5; 9:24. theory of evolution ever more ag-w09 6/15 1:4, 5 gressively, and atheism is gain- ing more attention. In the face of Saturday, February 19 such pressures, we cannot merelyThe man immediately became hunker down and do nothing. We must take action in order to resistsound in health, and he picked and thus protect ourselves. Jesus’up his cot and began to walk. example shows us how we can —John 5:9. succeed. He never yielded to the In Jerusalem, Jesus restored a world’s influence. He never al-sick man to health at the pool lowed the world to stop him fromof Bethzatha. To the Jews who carrying out his preaching com-criticized what he did, Jesus ex- mission or to cause him to low-plained that “the Son cannot do er his standards for true worshipa single thing of his own initia- and proper conduct; nor shouldtive, but only what he beholds the we. Studying Christ’s courageousFather doing.” After telling them example and reflecting on it canthat the Father “has committed give us the necessary courage toall the judging to the Son,” Jesus remain separate from the world.said: “He that hears my word and w09 9/15 2:10, 11
  25. 25. Monday, February 21 wisdom were unmatched among his contemporaries. (1 Ki. 4:30,[Job] got up early in the morn- 32, 34) Many of his proverbs wereing and offered up burnt sacri- written down and are still trea-fices according to the number of sured by those who seek wisdom.all [his children]. That is the The queen of Sheba traveled way Job would do always. some 1,500 miles to test Solo- —Job 1:5. mon’s wisdom with “perplexing questions.” She was impressed by How can we show that we keep what Solomon said and by thethe real enemy in mind when a prosperity of his kingdom. (1 Ki.tragedy befalls a fellow believ- 10:1-9) The Bible identifies theer? Instead of distancing our- Source of Solomon’s wisdom byselves from the affected broth- stating: “All the people of theer, we act like Elihu of old, who earth were seeking the face ofspoke to Job as a true friend. Solomon to hear his wisdom thatWe join our brother in the strug- God had put in his heart.”—1 Ki.gle against our common ene- 10:24. w09 4/15 5:12, 13my, Satan. (Prov. 3:27; 1 Thess.5:25) Our goal is to help our Wednesday, February 23fellow servant to maintain hisintegrity, come what may, and Do not make yourselves like athus make Jehovah’s heart re- horse or mule without under-joice. The first asset that Satan standing.—Ps. 32:9.caused Job to lose was his live- Some young adults have rushedstock. Those animals were valu- into marriage, believing that itable, likely his livelihood. But Job is the solution to unhappiness,also used them in worship. Once loneliness, boredom, and prob-the trials began, that was no lon- lems at home. However, the ex-ger possible. Job had no “valuable changing of marriage vows is athings” with which to honor Je- serious matter. (Prov. 20:25) Athovah. (Prov. 3:9) But he could times, young adults do not se-—and did—honor Jehovah with riously consider the demands ofhis lips! w09 4/15 2:7, 8 marriage. Later, they find that much more is involved than they Tuesday, February 22 had realized. So before pursuingGive me now wisdom and knowl- a courtship, ask yourself: ‘Why do edge.—2 Chron. 1:10. I want to get married? What ex- pectations do I have? Is this the When Solomon became king, right person for me? What can IJehovah appeared to him in a bring to a marriage?’ To help youdream and said that He would make an insightful examination,give him anything he asked for. “the faithful and discreet slave”(2 Chron. 1:7) Solomon could have has published very specific arti-asked for more wealth, power, cles. (Matt. 24:45-47) View suchor a longer life. Instead, he un- material as advice that Jehovahselfishly asked for wisdom and is giving you. Carefully evaluateknowledge. Jehovah answered what is stated there and apply it.Solomon’s prayer. (2 Chron. 1: Never allow yourself to become11, 12) As long as Solomon was “like a horse or mule without un-faithful to Jehovah, his words of derstanding.” w09 5/15 2:12, 13
  26. 26. Thursday, February 24 tive powers are trained through use—through application ofTake the young child and its what they know—helping themmother and flee into Egypt, and to distinguish right from wrong.stay there until I give you word; When they are faced with a deci-for Herod is about to search for sion, this training enables them the young child to destroy it. to discern what Scriptural princi- —Matt. 2:13. ples are involved and how to apply In some respects, the earthly them. “It is necessary for us tolife of Jesus resembled the life pay more than the usual atten-of Moses. For instance, as babes, tion to the things heard by us,”both Moses and Jesus escaped wrote Paul, “that we may neverdeath at the hands of a tyrannical drift away.”—Heb. 2:1. w09 5/15 1:ruler. (Ex. 1:22–2:10) In addition, 3, 5, 6both were ‘called out of Egypt.’ Saturday, February 26The prophet Hosea stated: “WhenIsrael was a boy, then I loved He will bruise you in the headhim, and out of Egypt I called my and you will bruise him in theson.” (Hos. 11:1) Hosea’s words heel.—Gen. 3:15.pointed back to the time whenthe nation of Israel, under its di- In this prophecy, we learnvinely appointed leader, Moses, something about the cost of de-was led out of Egypt. (Ex. 4:22, liverance. Jehovah would provide23; 12:29-37) However, Hosea’s a “seed,” a rescuer, who wouldwords referred not only to a past one day destroy Satan, crushingevent but also to a future one. His him out of existence. However,words were a prophecy that was that rescuer would suffer alongfulfilled when Joseph and Mary the way, receiving a figurativereturned from Egypt with Jesus wound in the heel. That soundsafter the death of King Herod. painful and debilitating, but—Matt. 2:15, 19-23. w09 4/15 4:8 what does it mean? Just what would Jehovah’s Chosen One Friday, February 25 have to endure? In order to saveNow that we have left the pri- mankind from sin, the rescuer would have to provide a means ofmary doctrine about the Christ, atonement, a way of reconciling let us press on to maturity. humans to God by undoing the —Heb. 6:1. effects of sin. What would that Paul not only encouraged the involve? There were early indi-first-century Hebrew Christians cations that a sacrifice would beto press on to maturity but also required. When the first faithfultold them what spiritual maturity human, Abel, offered animal sac-involves. (Heb. 5:12-14) “Mature rifices to Jehovah, he met withpeople” are not content to partake divine approval. Later, such God-only of “milk.” They take in “solid fearing patriarchs as Noah, Abra-food.” Therefore, they know both ham, Jacob, and Job offered simi-“the elementary things” and “the lar sacrifices, which pleased God.deep things” of the truth. (1 Cor. —Gen. 4:4; 8:20, 21; 22:13; 31:54;2:10) Moreover, their percep- Job 1:5. w09 9/15 5:6, 7
  27. 27. Sunday, February 27 Monday, February 28The woman was thoroughly de- There is no one like him in the ceived.—1 Tim. 2:14. earth.—Job 1:8. Many do not believe that Sa- Job is described as a man whotan exists. Thus, although they “proved to be blameless and up-might be alarmed about world right, and fearing God and turn-conditions, they do not discern ing aside from bad.” It was Job’sthe real cause—Satan the Devil. godly devotion—not his wealthTrue, much of the responsibility and influence—that made him afor mankind’s woes rests with hu- target for the attacks of Satanmans themselves. Our first par- the Devil. (Job 1:1; 29:7-16; 31:1)ents, Adam and Eve, chose in- Satan claimed that Job’s wor-dependence from their Creator. ship of God was based on selfish-And since then, successive gener- ness, not integrity. Satan allegedations have acted very unwisely. that Job would be loyal to Jeho-Still, it was the Devil who de- vah only as long as God contin-ceived Eve into rebelling against ued to reward and protect him.God. He is the one who has de- To provide an answer to Satan’sveloped among imperfect, dying charge, Jehovah allowed Satan tomankind a world system under attack that faithful man. As a re-his control. Because Satan is “the sult, within the course of one day,god of this system of things,” hu- Job learned that his livestock hadman society displays the same been stolen or destroyed, his at-basic characteristics that he does tendants had been killed, and his—pride, contentiousness, jealou- ten children had lost their lives.sy, greed, deception, and rebel- (Job 1:13-19) Instead of caving inliousness. (2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Tim. 3:6; to Satan’s attack, Job said: “Jeho-Jas. 3:14, 15) Such characteristics vah himself has given, and Jeho-have led to political and religious vah himself has taken away. Letconflicts, hatred, corruption, and the name of Jehovah continue todisorder, which contribute much be blessed.”—Job 1:21. w09 4/15to mankind’s misery. w09 4/15 2:4 1:3-5 Tuesday, March 1 ones into everlasting life.” “The righteous ones” who receive ever-When the Son of man arrives lasting life are those who loyally. . . , all the nations will be support Christ’s spirit-anointedgathered before him, and he will “brothers.” (Matt. 25:33, 34, 40,separate people one from an- 41, 45, 46) Since the anointed areother, just as a shepherd sepa- chosen to be rulers in the heav-rates the sheep from the goats. enly Kingdom, “the righteous —Matt. 25:31, 32. ones” must be the earthly sub- Jesus spoke of everlasting life jects of that Kingdom. The Bi-in his discourse about the con- ble foretold: “[Jehovah’s King]clusion of the system of things. will have subjects from sea to sea(Matt. 24:1-3) He mentioned that and from the River to the ends ofthose receiving an adverse judg- the earth.” (Ps. 72:8) These sub-ment “will depart into everlast- jects will enjoy everlasting life oning cutting-off, but the righteous earth. w09 8/15 2:6
  28. 28. Wednesday, March 2 parents, either for good or for bad. So, parents, ask yourselves:If anyone wants to come after ‘What message are we sendingme, let him disown himself and to our children when it comes to. . . follow me continually. the amount of time that we dedi- —Luke 9:23. cate to TV and entertainment on How delighted Jehovah must the one hand and Bible study andfeel to see among the congregat- participation in the field serviceed throngs of his worshippers on on the other? What really are ourearth you newly interested ones family’s priorities? Are we settingand young ones! As you continue a good example by centering ourto study the Bible, attend Chris- lives and our decisions on truetian meetings regularly, and grow worship?’ God’s law must first bein your knowledge of the lifesav- in the parents’ own hearts if theying truth found in God’s Word, are to rear God-fearing children.you need to take to heart Je- w09 7/15 2:11, 12sus’ invitation stated in today’stext. Jesus is saying that disown- Friday, March 4ing yourself and becoming his The princely rule will come to befollower is something you would upon his shoulder. And his namewant to do. What about those of will be called Wonderful Coun-us who are already walking in selor, Mighty God, Eternal Fa-the footsteps of Jesus Christ? We ther, Prince of Peace.—Isa. 9:6.are exhorted to “keep on doingit more fully.” (1 Thess. 4:1, 2) John and the other three Gos-Whether we embraced true wor- pel writers point to Moses, David,ship recently or decades ago, re- and Solomon as men who fore-flecting on reasons for following shadowed Jesus as God’s Anoint-the Christ will help us to apply ed One and designated King. InPaul’s exhortation and follow what way did those ancient ser-Him ever more fully in our daily vants of God provide foregleamslives. w09 5/15 4:1, 2 of Jesus, and what can we learn from these accounts? In brief, the Thursday, March 3 Bible tells us that Moses was aThese words that I am command- prophet, a mediator, and a de-ing you today must prove to be on liverer. So is Jesus. David was a shepherd and a king who con- your heart.—Deut. 6:6. quered Israel’s enemies. Jesus Jesus is an excellent model for too is a shepherd and a conquer-Christian parents. How so? He ing king. (Ezek. 37:24, 25) Whilelovingly and patiently taught his still faithful, Solomon was a wisedisciples by word and example. ruler, and under his kingship Is-He showed them how to carry rael enjoyed peace. (1 Ki. 4:25,out the commission that he gave 29) Jesus too is supremely wisethem. (Luke 8:1) Jesus’ disposi- and is called “Prince of Peace.”tion and conduct toward his dis- Clearly, Christ Jesus’ role resem-ciples taught them how they were bles that of those earlier men butto treat one another. (John 13:14- Jesus’ place in God’s purpose is17) Children tend to imitate their superlative. w09 4/15 4:4, 5
  29. 29. Saturday, March 5 bring happiness to a worshipper of Jehovah. (Prov. 3:13; 8:32, 33; Have intense love for one 14:21; 16:20) Jesus emphasized another.—1 Pet. 4:8. that true happiness stems from Around the world, Jehovah’s things that are related to theWitnesses are known for putting worship of Jehovah and the ful-their Christlike love into action. fillment of God’s promises. ThoseConsider the Witnesses who re- who apply the principles foundsponded to the call for help af- in Jesus’ teachings are drawnter storms and hurricanes dev- closer to Jehovah, “the source ofastated widespread areas of the life.” (Ps. 36:9; Prov. 22:11; Matt.southern United States in 2005. 5:8) Christ embodies “the wisdomMoved by Jesus’ example, more of God.” (1 Cor. 1:24, 30) As thethan 20,000 volunteered, many Messianic King, Jesus Christ hasleaving comfortable homes and “the spirit of wisdom.”—Isa. 11:2.secure jobs to help their afflict- w09 4/15 5:14ed brothers. Two fleshly sis- Monday, March 7ters, widows, packed their be-longings into a pickup truck and He was being pierced for ourdrove over 2,000 miles to help. transgression.—Isa. 53:5.More than 5,600 homes of Wit- Isaiah foretold that the Messi-nesses and others in the region ah would be rejected, persecut-have been rebuilt or repaired. ed, and executed, or pierced, toIn numerous cases, displaced lo- bear the sins of imperfect hu-cal Witnesses remained in their mans. (Isa. 53:4, 7) Before hetemporary accommodations for a came to the earth, God’s only-year or more after their houses begotten Son was aware of whathad been rebuilt. Why? In order our deliverance would cost him.to make their new home available He would have to suffer terri-to relief workers. What an exam- bly and then be put to death.ple of displaying Christ’s mental When his Father taught himattitude! w09 9/15 3:12-15 those truths, did he shrink back or rebel? On the contrary, he sub- Sunday, March 6 mitted willingly to his Father’sHappy are those conscious of instruction. (Isa. 50:4-6) Like-their spiritual need, since the wise, while on earth, Jesus obe-kingdom of the heavens belongs diently carried out his Father’s to them.—Matt. 5:3. will. Why? He provided one an- swer in these words: “I love the Only one human clearly sur- Father.” He provided another inpassed Solomon in wisdom. That these: “No one has love greaterwas Jesus Christ, who described than this, that someone shouldhimself as “something more than surrender his soul in behalf ofSolomon.” (Matt. 12:42) Jesus his friends.” (John 14:31; 15:13) Sosp oke “sayings of everlasting our deliverance is due, in largelife.” (John 6:68) For example, the part, to the love of Jehovah’s Son.Sermon on the Mount expands on Though it cost him his perfectthe principles of some of Solo- human life, he was glad to do itmon’s proverbs. Solomon de- for the sake of our deliverance.scribed a number of things that w09 9/15 5:10, 11
  30. 30. Tuesday, March 8 selves with having the good sense to find the truth? No. In fact,If . . . it is I you are looking for, on our own initiative, we would let these go.—John 18:8. never have come to a knowledge Jesus manifested great courage of God. Jesus said: “No man canthroughout his ministry. Exercis- come to me unless the Father,ing his authority as God’s Son, he who sent me, draws him.” (John 6:fearlessly “entered into the tem- 44) By means of the preachingple and threw out all those sell- work and by means of holy spir-ing and buying in the temple, and it, Jehovah is drawing sheep-overturned the tables of the mon- like individuals, “the desirableey changers and the benches of things of all the nations.” (Hag.those selling doves.” (Matt. 21:12) 2:7) Are you not grateful to beWhen soldiers came to arrest Je- one of those whom Jehovah hassus on his last night on earth, he drawn to his Son?—Jer. 9:23, 24.courageously stepped forward to w09 9/15 4:4, 5protect his disciples, saying thewords of today’s text. Moments Thursday, March 10later, he told Peter to put away Be wise, my son, and make myhis sword, thus showing that thesource of Jesus’ confidence lay, heart rejoice, that I may makenot in earthly weapons, but in a reply to him that is tauntingJehovah. (John 18:11) Jesus fear- me.—Prov. 27:11.lessly exposed the unloving false Jehovah permitted Satan toteachers of his day and their test the integrity of God’s loy-wrong teachings. (Matt. 23:13, 23, al servant Job. As a result, Job25) Jesus’ disciples would need lost his livestock, his children,similar courage because false re- and his health. But when Sa-ligious leaders would also perse- tan challenged Job’s integrity,cute them and kill some of them. he had more in mind than just—Matt. 23:34; 24:9. w09 9/15 2:12, 13 the man Job. “Skin in behalf of skin, and everything that a man Wednesday, March 9 has he will give in behalf of his soul,” claimed Satan. This chal-[God] gives undeserved kindness lenge raised an issue that went to the humble ones.—1 Pet. 5:5. far beyond Job as an individual How can we qualify to bene- and that has continued long afterfit from divine education? A ma- his death. (Job 2:4) In a visionjor requirement is that a per- given to the apostle John, Satanson be meek and teachable. The was seen accusing God’s servantspsalmist David wrote: “[Jeho- following his eviction from heav-vah] will teach the meek ones his en some time after the establish-way.” (Ps. 25:8, 9) And Jesus said: ment of God’s Kingdom in 1914.“You have carefully hidden these Yes, even today, so deep into thethings from wise and intellectual last days of this wicked system,ones, and have revealed them to Satan is still challenging the in-babes.” (Luke 10:21) As servants tegrity of God’s servants!—Rev.of Jehovah, can we credit our- 12:10. w09 4/15 2:1, 2
  31. 31. Friday, March 11 lent grasp of the truth, yet even he had times when it was a strug-The [human] creation was sub- gle for him to preach. To thejected to futility . . . on the basis Christians in Thessalonica, Paul of hope.—Rom. 8:20. wrote: “After we had first suf- The very first prophecy of the fered and been insolently treatedBible pointed to a “seed” that (just as you know) in Philippi, wewould ‘bruise the serp ent in mustered up boldness by meansthe head.’ (Gen. 3:1-5, 15) That of our God to speak to you thepromise provided a basis for hope good news of God with a greatthat God would not abandon his deal of struggling.” (1 Thess. 2:2)purpose for mankind. Consid- In Philippi the authorities hader Abraham. When being tested, beaten Paul and his compan-Abraham “as good as offered up ion Silas with rods, thrown themIsaac, . . . his only-begotten son.” into prison, and confined them in(Heb. 11:17) Why was he willing stocks.—Acts 16:16-24. w09 7/15to do this? (Heb. 11:19) He be- 4:3, 4lieved in the resurrection! Abra-ham had a basis for his belief. Af- Sunday, March 13ter all, Jehovah had brought back They will by no means ever be de-to life Abraham’s reproductive stroyed, and no one will snatchpowers and had made it possible them out of my hand.for him and his wife, Sarah, to —John 10:28.produce a son in their old age.(Gen. 18:10-14; 21:1-3; Rom. 4:19- At the Festival of Dedication21) Abraham also had Jehovah’s in Jerusalem, Jesus told his op-word. God had said to him: “It posers: “You do not believe, be-is by means of Isaac that what cause you are none of my sheep.will be called your seed will be.” My sheep listen to my voice, and(Gen. 21:12) Therefore, Abraham I know them, and they followhad sound reasons for expecting me. And I give them everlastingthat God would resurrect Isaac. life.” (John 10:26-28) Was Jesusw09 8/15 1:4, 5 speaking only of life in heaven, or did he also have in mind eter- Saturday, March 12 nal life in an earthly paradise?If they have persecuted me, they Jesus had recently comforted his will persecute you also. followers with the words: “Have no fear, little flock, because your —John 15:20. Father has approved of giving In many lands we do not face you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)outright persecution, but we do At the time of this same Festi-meet with disdain and apathy. val of Dedication, however, JesusConsequently, we need faith and said: “I have other sheep, whichcourage to endure in our work are not of this fold; those also Iof preaching the good news with must bring.” (John 10:16) Hence,boldness. (2 Pet. 1:5-8) Perhaps when Jesus spoke to those oppos-you at times find it hard to share ers, his words included both thein the ministry, or some aspect hope of heavenly life for the “lit-of it may seem intimidating. The tle flock” and the hope of ever-apostle Paul was a bold and fear- lasting life on earth for millionsless preacher who had an excel- of “other sheep.” w09 8/15 2:12
  32. 32. Monday, March 14 fice of oversight.” (Acts 1:20-26) What was the primary concernNever has another man spoken of the 12 apostles? The answer like this.—John 7:46. is found in the words of today’s The Bible gives us glimpses text, in response to a disputeof the impact Jesus made on that arose about the daily dis-those who met him. For instance, tribution of food to widows. (ActsGospel writer Luke relates that 6:1-3) The new arrangement re-people in Jesus’ hometown “be- sulted in Jehovah’s blessing asgan . . . to marvel at the win- “the word of God went on grow-some words proceeding out of ing, and the number of the dis-his mouth.” Matthew rep orts ciples kept multiplying in Jeru-that those who listened to Je- salem very much.” (Acts 6:7) Sosus as he taught in the Sermon the primary responsibility foron the Mount “were astound- the spiritual feeding work rest-ed at his way of teaching.” And ed with the apostles.—Acts 2:42.John observes that the officers w09 6/15 4:7, 8who were sent to arrest Jesusreturned empty-handed, saying: Wednesday, March 16“Never has another man spoken Speak truth each one of youlike this.” (Luke 4:22; Matt. 7: with his neighbor.—Eph. 4:25.28) Jesus was unquestionably thegreatest Teacher who ever lived. First-century Roman GovernorHe taught with clarity, simplici- Pontius Pilate reflected a warpedty, and irrefutable logic. He skill- view of truth when he cynical-fully used illustrations and ques- ly asked Jesus: “What is truth?”tions. He adapted his teaching to (John 18:38) Conflicting attitudesthose to whom he spoke, wheth- about truth abound in our day.er they were of high station or Many people say that the wordlow. The truths he taught were “truth” has various shades ofeasy to grasp yet truly profound. meaning or that truth differsw09 7/15 3:1, 2 from one person to another. Oth- ers are truthful only when it Tuesday, March 15 is convenient or expedient. TheWe shall devote ourselves . . . to book The Importance of Lying the ministry of the word. states: “Honesty may be a noble ideal, but it has little value in the —Acts 6:4. life and death struggle for sur- When Jesus app ointed his vival and security. Man has lit-12 apostles, their primary work tle choice in the matter—he mustinvolved being sent out to preach lie to live.” How different it is forthe good news to others. (Mark Christ’s disciples! Jesus’ view of3:13-15) This assignment was in truth was not philosophical. Heharmony with the basic mean- always spoke the truth. Even hising of the Greek word aposto- enemies acknowledged: “Teach-los, which is derived from a verb er, we know you are truthful andmeaning simply “send forth.” teach the way of God in truth.”However, as time went on and (Matt. 22:16) Genuine Christiansthe Christian congregation was imitate Jesus’ example. They doabout to be established, the role not hesitate to speak the truth.of an ap ostle became an “of- w09 6/15 3:1-3

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