SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
(Pages 7-11, 12-20, 21-29)
STUDY ARTICLES FOR THE WEEK S OF:
PURPOSE OF STUDY ARTICLES
STUDY ARTICLE 1 PAGES 7-11
Earnestly Seek Jehovah’s Blessing
PAGE 7 SONGS TO BE USED: 95, 38
God’s servants need his blessing in order to meet his righteous requirements. What sort of eﬀort is needed? How can Jehovah’s holy spirit helpus to deal with any challenges that may confront us?
STUDY ARTICLES 2, 3 PAGES 12-20
Unity Identiﬁes True Worship
PAGE 12 SONGS TO BE USED: 20, 121
Christian Unity Gloriﬁes God
PAGE 16 SONGS TO BE USED: 119, 73
These articles will help us to appreciate how good and how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity with our brothers. We will see why onlyJehovah can unite people from all nations. Then we will consider how each of us can promote the unity of the congregation, thus glorifying God.
STUDY ARTICLES 4, 5 PAGES 21-29
“Your Leader Is One, the Christ”
PAGE 21 SONGS TO BE USED: 84, 25
Our Active Leader Today
PAGE 25 SONGS TO BE USED: 120, 98
These two articles will help us to be more aware of Christ, ourheavenly King, in his role as our active Leader. He is attentive to what is going on in each congregation of his disciples on earth today.
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EARNESTLY SEEK JEHOVAH’S BLESSING
“[God] becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.”—HEB. 11:6.
OD bless you!” In some lands, it is notuncommon to hear complete strangers say this when a person sneezes. The clergy of various religions can be found blessing people, animals, and inanimate objects. Travelers may be lured to some religious sites by the prospect of receiving a blessing. Politicians regularly invoke God’s blessing on their nation. Do you think that such requests for a blessing are appropriate? Are they eﬀective? Who reallydoes receive God’s blessing, and why? 2 Jehovah foretold that in the last days, he would have a clean and peaceable people
1, 2. (a) How do many people seek divine blessings? (b) Why should we be particularly interested in obtaining Jehovah’s blessing?
from all nations, who would preach the good news of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth despite hatred and opposition. (Isa. 2:2-4; Matt.24:14; Rev. 7:9, 14) Those of us who have accepted the responsibility to live up to that inspired description want —and need—God’s blessing, for without it we could never hope to succeed. (Ps. 127:1) But how can we obtain God’s blessing? Blessings Overtake Obedient Ones Read Proverbs 10:6, 7. Just before the nation of Israel entered the Promised Land, Jehovah indicated that remarkable prosperity andprotection would be theirs if they
3. If the Israelites had been obedient, what would have been the result?
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obeyed his voice. (Deut. 28:1, 2) Jehovah’s blessings would not just come upon God’s people but would “overtake” them. For those obedient ones, the blessings would be absolutely certain. 4 With what attitude were the Israelites to beobedient? God’s Law stated that he would be displeased if his people failed to serve him “with rejoicing and joy of heart.” (Read Deuteronomy 28:45-47.) Jehovah deserves more than mechanical obedience to speciﬁc orders, such as can be performed even by animals or demons. (Mark 1:27; Jas. 3:3) Genuine obedience to God is an expression of love. It is marked by joy that stems from faith that Jehovah’scommandments are not burdensome and that “he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.” —Heb. 11:6; 1 John 5:3. 5 Consider how such trusting obedience might have been manifested by keeping the law stated at Deuteronomy 15:7, 8. (Read.) Begrudging compliance with that law might have resulted in some initial relief to the poor, but would it have engendered good relationships and an atmosphere...