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Tweeting the Meeting: Week of April 12, 2021

Okay, we shall soon start with the witticisms that since the circuit overseer was with us last week but as moved on to the next congregation....

that means today’s Watchtower Study directed towards wives will be full-strength one hour, whereas last week’s directed towards husbands was diluted by half to give the CO time to speak.

That’s okay, because the men don’t need it anyway.

But pity the poor congregation with the circuit overseer this week! Vital counsel for the women will be cut in half! Whereas completely unnecessary counsel for the men was applied full strength the previous week.

And—let us give credit to David, (and maybe make it hot for him with his wife) that, whereas ‘mental,’ as in ‘mental turmoil’ starts with MEN, ‘maladies’ starts with MA (who are always women) AND ‘LADIES.’

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Weekend Meeting:

Oh dear. The public speaker opened his talk by not unmuting himself.

Who is the 2nd oldest person in the Bible? Is is Jerrod? Or did the speaker just happen to mention him next in the examples that started with Methusaleh?

Caught my wife multi-tasking. It is not only me. She just dashed off a Get Well card to the 30-year-old sister who just had her tonsils removed. I had mine out long before then. But I guess you don’t have it done unless need be. What are those things for anyway? Illness-control?

It is a very competent public talk, given by a respected workhorse in the circuit. But it is also the old of Matthew 13:52: “Every public instructor, when taught respecting the kingdom of the heavens, is like a man ... who brings out of his treasure store things new and old.”

“While you throw all your anxiety on him” The speaker identifies this very as “very easy to say, very difficult to do.” My wife reminds me that he lost his son to death a few years ago. “The things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.”

Watchtower Study:

My wife just messed me up on the song, singing not the words that are there but the words that used to be there. “That woman you gave me....”

Whoa! My wife gave the very first comment and it was an implicit endorsement of ME. Now, aren’t I ashamed of myself for saying how she messed up my singing?

The elderly sister who, if anyone did, had a perfect marriage before her husband dies, just commented on the paragraph of how there is no perfect marriage because the two partners are imperfect.

Now the paragraph of Marisol, from the United States, who says “women were constantly told that they must be equal to men in everything.” Next the one of a developing nation, who says women a treated very much as second-class citizens.

It gets worse. One sister, the vet, tells of how in some lands female babies are aborted. In another, since they are thought to arouse “evil thoughts in men,” they must cover up head to toe, so “it gets pretty extreme,” she says.

Oh no! My wife took a bite from her unfinished breakfast in the background, with back to Zoom audience. She forgot the video always watches. It looks like I am making her take a time-out.

One sister quotes the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff” as a way of dealing with issues in a marriage.

Submissiveness is a tough sell, yet the Bible recommends it for women (the focus of today) but also men, also cong members in general, also elders, also Jesus. Much emphasis on how ones “choose” to be submissive. They could choose otherwise, but they don’t.

“My goal is to forgive freely, as Jehovah does,” someone says.

Comment made on Proverbs 31 and how the household is “her household.” Micromanaging men on a power trip more often than not simply mess things up.

The brother who likes to explain things just commented.

Uh oh. Now the paragraph about Abigail, whose husband Nabal was a “good-for-nothing man.” Just what DO you do with a good-for-nothing man?

Oh no! A sister just mentioned how Nabel was a “Calebite”—it’s in the footnote. But she pronounced it more like ‘celebate’ and in her nervousness she jumbled it, my wife did a double-take, because it sounded a little like “sonuvab*tch!”

And the thing is, barring the crude word, that would have been a very accurate comment!

“What can wives learn from Abigail’s example?” is the paragraph 18 question. Will anyone say, “See if you can get David not to kill your worthless husband.”

One brother came pretty close, saying what his wife had said to him, but not the whole congregation. He said it himself: “That God rewarded her by having her no-good husband die.”

“Not looking for any unscriptural solutions,” the serious-minded Watchtower conductor adds.

In the breakout rooms after the meeting, one sister says how she might go fishing today since she still have minnows. It is a beautiful sunny day. Several have commented on the birds just outside their windows.

Now talk in the breakout room turns to how and where to get a fishing license. “Do seniors get a break?” the retired brother says. For crying out loud, it only cost $23!

Midweek Meeting: Bible Reading: Numbers 20-21

You know, I’ve never thought of this but...Moses did lose his life on account of the people. Jesus did lose his life on account of the people. Jesus is the ‘greater Moses’

Okay, okay, so Jesus didn’t pop off at the mouth, Still, what Moses did wasn’t THATbad.

If the circuit overseer gives a great talk and you say afterwards, “Great talk!” he will murmur something modest about how it is not really he, but Jehovah. He will do this even though he is perfectly capable, after all these years, of giving a great talk whether Jehovah ...1/2

is around or not. So how does it play, then, when the man Moses takes full credit for what no human in 1000 years would be able to do?...(Numbers 20:12)...2/2

Someone related how Moses’ sister Miriam died, yet there is no indication that the Israelites gave a hoot—they just kept bellyaching about their problems—and maybe if they had, Moses wouldn’t have lit into them as he later did. (Numbers 20: 1-12) #midweekmeetings

“Good job!” said my wife, after one student was counseled and didn’t get an automatic ‘G’ “I’d beat him up if he said that to me,” I answered her. (It was just for her sake. I wouldn’t really)

Another Zoom householder breathless with appreciative excitement at the prospect of another Bible discussion, just like they are in real life.

‘How can I control my temper?’ is the theme. For some reason the speaker cannot unmute and must switch devises with his wife, to sounds of audio feedback. That he kept his cool means an automatic G in my eyes—I don’t care what the counselor says.

“Even when people are rude, there’s usually an explanation,” the speaker says. “Yeah—like they’re jerks,” I tell my wife. He may even have shortened his talk to make up for the blown time—a real mark of a pro, if so.

“I embarrassed my wife tonight...I knew in my heart she was right.” Confessions of a bellyacher. “Rotten words are as disgusting as rotten food.”

Standing up to peer pressure.” “Kind of like being a puppet with your friends pulling the strings. I love these whiteboards. Sometimes at the door I would play the one on being social network smart. I’ve never had one young person not watch to the end.

Whoa! One part conductor has a blue background. Virtual or real—dunno. What I do know is that last week it was the pipes and washer/dryer in his basement.

“What lessons can we learn from Israel’s dealings with the Philistines? Jehovah’s modern-day people have faced opposition from some of the most powerful nations ever to dominate mankind...1/2

the enemies of pure worship may at times seem to prevail” Yeah, I can think of an example right now....2/2

Someone else—wasn’t me—mentioned ‘Operation North’—the 1949 deportation of almost 10K Russian JWs to Siberia. Quoted from the article. Even went over the 30 second limit!

“Should these events cause us to give in to fear or to lose faith? No! Jehovah will preserve his loyal people.” Matthew 10:28-31 quoted: “And do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body ...1/2

in in Gehenna. Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.”...2/2

One sister chimes in with Joel 3:4: “Also, what do you have against me, O Tyre and Siʹdon and all the regions of Phi·lisʹti·a? Are you repaying me for something? If you are repaying me, I will swiftly, speedily bring your repayment on your heads.”

“My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is something greater than all other things, ...1/2

and no one can snatch them out of the hand of the Father,” says Jesus at John 10_27-29)...2/2

 

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