Midweek Meeting: Assigned Bible reading: Joshua 8-9
Did that yo-yo bro really take from the Gideon account that it’s okay to lie to elders because maybe they won’t check with God and then it will be all okay? (Joshua 9:14)
The apple drops in Newton’s hand. It’s okay, the universal symbol that points to him. But it didn’t really happen. Word is that Isaac made up that story “to dispose of stupid persons.” (Yo, Isaac, how’d ya ever think of THAT?)
Weekend Meeting, Public Talk title: Can Love Conquer Hatred? It is the CO talk. “Wouldn’t we expect a book from God to answer questions like that?” he says.
Genesis 1:27, let us make in our image, ability to love, peaceful, joyful, ‘when we look at them we should be able to see ourselves in them.’
Jesus to religious leaders of his day: “you are from your father the devil & wsh to do his desires, truth is not in him, speaks the lie according to his own disposition.” They look like their father, so there is a choice—who will we look like?
“You heard that it was said: ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ (Matt 5:43) The first part was said at Lev 19:18, “you must love your fellow man as yourself.” The 2nd part is nowhere said in scripture, but became a traditional assumption, a human flip side of the first.
“However, I say to you: Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you,” says Jesus. (Matt 5:44) It is an example of love conquering hatred, “gives them a chance to change.”
Matt 5:38. ‘Eye for eye, but I say do not resist the one who is wicked, but turn the other cheek,’ slap represents an insult, it is not a physical attack from which you should not defend
1 John 3:8, Jesus laying down life is beginning of his breaking up the works of the devil—the wrecking ball of love through the devils system of hatred, one swoop of ball does not eliminate structure, it has to go back and forth.
Those of religion who are “stalking God” of whom Jesus would say, “I do not know you.”…1/2
“Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ (Matt 7:22-23) 2/2
Para 3: #watchtowerstudy Proverbs 13:11 applied to a new setting, that of spiritual wealth: “Wealth quickly gained will dwindle, but the wealth of the one who gathers it little by little will increase.” First use of it this way that I am aware of.
Para 4: ditto for Proverbs 4:18, “the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light that grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” Here applied to personal spiritual growth, not just organizational growth.
Mama of the Wt conductor, an LDC bro, just commented, visiting via Zoom from across the country. Now I know why this fellow is so on the ball.
Para 11: God telling Habakkuk (2:3) to hold his horses—it comes when it comes. …“For the vision is yet for its appointed time, And it is rushing toward its end, and it will not lie. Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it! For it will without fail come true.”
Para 12: not emphasized here, but a bro recently linked endurance with preaching, e.g. “The one who has endured to the end will be saved,” AND “this good news of the kingdom will be preached…” Matt 24:13-14
And he will rise up to show you mercy. For Jehovah is a God of justice. Happy are all those keeping in expectation of him.
The CO in concluding remarks spoke of Isa 30:21, the voice behind you saying ‘this is the way, walk in it’ and how it was a singular you, not a broadcast YOU, and how it would stabilize one who ‘walked to the right or the left.’ And how people identify with what they do so when they cannot do what they “start to wonder, ‘what’s my value?’”
And how as a boy, he became seasick on a boat trip (and felt as horrible as he ever had in his life.) The captain noticed and told him to focus on the distant lighthouse and nothing else, “the one thing that does not change,” and when he did so, he began to feel better. He then applied that to older ones feeling upheaval in their lives. Focus on the one thing that does not change, the ‘voice saying this is the way.’