Treasures from God’s word
Under the heading “Jesus Performs His First Miracle”, three very good points are highlighted:
- Jesus had a balanced view of pleasures, and he enjoyed life and happy times with his friends.
- Jesus cared about people’s feelings.
- Jesus was generous.
We do well to imitate Jesus in maintaining a balanced view of pleasures. We never want to be cynical in our view of the world nor do we want to focus only on pleasures to such an extent that other important matters (including our worship) suffer as a result.
If we consider the thoughts expressed in John 1:14, we can discern that if Jesus contributed to the joy of an occasion through the miracle he performed, then Jehovah, whose glory Jesus reflected, also wants his servants to enjoy life.
The question then is, did Jesus really want us to spend so much of our time in the preaching work, construction work, cleaning of Kingdom Halls, midweek meetings, preparation for meetings, family worship, personal study, shepherding calls, elders meetings, preparing for conventions and assemblies and viewing of monthly broadcasts such that we have little or no time to enjoy life after caring for our families and day to day responsibilities?
Jesus also cared for people’s feelings and was generous. Did Jesus only show this generosity to his family and disciples? Or was he generous to all? Does Organisation encourage Witnesses to be generous to all including those who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Digging for Spiritual Gems
I enjoyed Ellicott’s commentary. The explanation of the verse is simple and easy to follow.
With God: These words express the co-existence, but at the same time the distinction of person.
Was God: This is the completion of the graduated statement. It maintains the distinction of person, but at the same time asserts the oneness of essence.
Jamieson-Fausset’s commentary also carries similar easy-to-follow thoughts:
Was with God: having a conscious personal existence distinct from God (as one is from the person he is “with”), but inseparable from Him and associated with Him (Joh 1:18; Joh 17:5; 1Jo 1:2).
Was God in substance and essence God; or was possessed of essential or proper divinity.
Jesus says that Nathanael is a man in whom there is no deceit. This is of interest to us as Christians for two reasons.
Firstly, it affirms the fact that Jesus, like Jehovah, examines the hearts of mankind (Proverbs 21:2). Secondly, Jesus views humans who serve him with a pure heart as being upright despite their imperfections or sinful state.
While the translation of the Bible into different languages should be commended, the Bible should be translated as accurately as possible and without doctrinal influence.
I also think that the continued focus on the Organization and what it is accomplishing draws attention away from Jesus’ role and gives undue recognition to men. How much better it would be to focus on what Christ has in store for us.
I saw no direct link between changing of the format of the Watchtower magazines and Jehovah speeding up the work. Once again, another unsupported statement which aims to instill confidence in the rank and file members of the organization that Jehovah is using JW.org to accomplish his purpose.
Congregational Bible study
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