“So the king said to me: “Why do you look so gloomy when you are not sick? This can be nothing but gloominess of heart.” At this I became very frightened.” (Nehemiah 2:2 NWT)
Today’s JW message is not to be afraid to preach publicly about the truth. The examples used are from the Old Testament where Nehemiah was asked by King Artaxerxes when serving him his cup of wine why he looked gloomy.
Nehemiah explained, after praying, that his city, Jerusalem, its walls had been broken down and its gates set on fire. He asked for permission to go and fix them etc. and the king obliged. (Nehemiah 1:1-4; 2:1-8 NWT)
The other example the Organization uses is Jonah who was asked to go and curse Nineveh and how he ran away as he didn’t want to do it. However, he finally did after being punished by God, and saved Nineveh as they repented. (Jonah 1:1-3; 3:5-10 NWT)
The publications preach the importance of praying for help before answering, like Nehemiah did, and from Jonah that no matter our fears, God will help us to serve Him.
What I find remarkable about this is that the best example JW could have used was Jesus Himself and His Apostles. Of course, by not using Jesus as an example, the Apostles are also left out.
One might ask oneself why it is that the organization goes so often to the times of Israel for its examples when better and more relevant examples are to be found in the Christian Scriptures in Jesus and the Apostles? Should they not be trying to help Christians to focus on our Lord?