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Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 29-31

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er 29:4, 7—Why were Jewish exiles commanded to “seek the peace” of Babylon, and how can we apply the principle? (w96 5/1 11 _5)

5 Centuries later the faithful prophet Jeremiah was inspired by Jehovah to tell Jewish exiles to submit to the rulers when in exile in Babylon and even to pray for the peace of that city. In his letter to them, he wrote: “This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said to all the exiled people, . . . ‘Seek the peace of the city to which I have caused you to go into exile, ……’” (Jeremiah 29:4, 7) At all times Jehovah’s people have reason to “seek peace” for themselves and the nation where they live, in order to have freedom to worship Jehovah.—1 Peter 3:11.

Jer 29:10—How does this verse demonstrate the accuracy of Bible prophecy? (g 6/12 14 _1-2)

Fulfillment: After 70 years of exile, from 607 to 537 B.C.E., King Cyrus of Persia released the Jewish captives and allowed them to return to their homeland to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.—Ezra 1:2-4.

What history reveals:

● Did the Israelites remain captive in Babylon for 70 years as the Bible foretold? Note the comments of a leading Israeli archaeologist, Ephraim Stern. “From 604 B.C.E. to 538 B.C.E.—there is a complete gap in evidence suggesting occupation. In all that time, not a single town destroyed by the Babylonians was resettled.” The so-called gap in which there was no occupation or resettling of conquered territory corresponds closely to Israel’s exile in Babylon from 607 to 537 B.C.E.—2 Chronicles 36:20, 21.

 

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On 4/21/2017 at 1:28 AM, Nicole said:

Fulfillment: After 70 years of exile, from 607 to 537 B.C.E., King Cyrus of Persia released the Jewish captives and allowed them to return to their homeland to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.—Ezra 1:2-4.

Which exiles were being referred to here?

Jeremiah 29:1, 2 - These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders among the exiled people, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 2 after King Jec·o·niʹah, the queen mother, the court officials, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen and the metalworkers had gone out of Jerusalem. 
 

When were Jehoiachin (Jec.o.ni'ah) et al. taken into exile? According to the Org:

*** jr chap. 2 pp. 24-25 par. 17 Serving in “the Final Part of the Days” ***
In response, Nebuchadnezzar and his army marched into Judah in 618 B.C.E. and surrounded Jerusalem. Try to picture how turbulent a time that was, even for God’s prophet Jeremiah. Jehoiakim apparently met his end during the siege. His son Jehoiachin surrendered to the Babylonians after occupying Judah’s throne for just three months. Nebuchadnezzar stripped Jerusalem of its riches and took into exile Jehoiachin, the families of the king and of the nobles of Judah, the nation’s mighty men, and its craftsmen. Among the exiles were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.—2 Ki. 24:10-16; Dan. 1:1-7.

*** w03 12/1 p. 29 Questions From Readers ***
The prophet Ezekiel started his service as a faithful watchman for the Israelite exiles in Babylon in “the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin,” that is, in 613 B.C.E. (Ezekiel 1:2, 3) 
 

Jeremiah 29:10 - For this is what Jehovah says, ‘When 70 years at Babylon are fulfilled, I will turn my attention to you, and I will make good my promise by bringing you back to this place.’
 

Do the math.

618 - 537 = ?

Do you get '70 years'?

On 4/21/2017 at 1:28 AM, Nicole said:

What history reveals:

● Did the Israelites remain captive in Babylon for 70 years as the Bible foretold? Note the comments of a leading Israeli archaeologist, Ephraim Stern. “From 604 B.C.E. to 538 B.C.E.—there is a complete gap in evidence suggesting occupation. In all that time, not a single town destroyed by the Babylonians was resettled.” The so-called gap in which there was no occupation or resettling of conquered territory corresponds closely to Israel’s exile in Babylon from 607 to 537 B.C.E.—2 Chronicles 36:20, 21.

From Stern's same article:

"The savage Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem is well documented both in the Bible (in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations) and in the archaeological record. When Nebuchadnezzar first placed the city under siege in 597 B.C.E., the city quickly capitulated, thereby avoiding a general destruction. But in response to a revolt by Judah’s King Zedekiah, Nebuchadnezzar dispatched an army that, after an 18-month siege, captured and destroyed the city in 586 B.C.E. The evidence of this destruction is widely confirmed in Jerusalem excavations. ...

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"I do not mean to imply that the country was uninhabited during the period between the Babylonian destruction and the Persian period. There were undoubtedly some settlements, but the population was very small. Many towns and villages were either completely or partly destroyed. The rest were barely functioning. International trade virtually ceased. Only two regions appear to have been spared this fate—the northern part of Judah (the region of Benjamin) and probably the land of Ammon, although the latter region awaits further investigation." - 

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Thanks @Ann O'Maly

No matter how well we do on most other subjects, we end up doing what many other religions have done when it comes to making claims about how Bible chronology indicates specific prophetic fulfillments in our own time. We resort to a lack of honesty, and being misleading on purpose. It should not reflect badly on our other doctrines, but unfortunately, for many people it already does. 

I'm looking forward to a time when this mess is cleaned up. 

From a research perspective, even without the context it is highly dishonest to make use of two different dating systems in this way. The Bible calls this "having two sets of weights/measures." Note:

On 4/20/2017 at 8:28 PM, Nicole said:

What history reveals:

● Did the Israelites remain captive in Babylon for 70 years as the Bible foretold? Note the comments of a leading Israeli archaeologist, Ephraim Stern. “From 604 B.C.E. to 538 B.C.E.—there is a complete gap in evidence suggesting occupation. In all that time, not a single town destroyed by the Babylonians was resettled.” The so-called gap in which there was no occupation or resettling of conquered territory corresponds closely to Israel’s exile in Babylon from 607 to 537 B.C.E.—2 Chronicles 36:20, 21.

Stern's 604 BCE in Stern's terminology is our 624 BCE in Watch Tower terminology. So it is not honest to say that this "corresponds closely" to Israel's exile from 607 BCE to 537 BCE. In fact, all Stern has done is give additional evidence that Babylon really was given hegemony over the surrounding nations for about 70 years, just as the Bible said. But the Watch Tower is claiming that this "corresponds closely" when it really is just additional evidence that the Watch Tower publications are making a mistake by claiming that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE. Stern dates the destruction of Jerusalem to Babylon's siege against it from 587 to a final destruction in 586 BCE. Stern's dates are almost certainly correct within a year, according to all the evidence both Biblical and secular. But Stern's dates reveal that the Watch Tower's evidence is faulty.

 

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3 hours ago, JW Insider said:

I'm looking forward to a time when this mess is cleaned up. 

I'm not optimistic. The Org has known about how untenable its chronological scheme is since Russell's day, has been frequently alerted to the overwhelming contrary evidence by both JWs and non-JWs since then, and yet it simply will not budge.

3 hours ago, JW Insider said:

Stern's 604 BCE in Stern's terminology is our 624 BCE in Watch Tower terminology. So it is not honest to say that this "corresponds closely" to Israel's exile from 607 BCE to 537 BCE. In fact, all Stern has done is give additional evidence that Babylon really was given hegemony over the surrounding nations for about 70 years, just as the Bible said. But the Watch Tower is claiming that this "corresponds closely" when it really is just additional evidence that the Watch Tower publications are making a mistake by claiming that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE.

I couldn't agree with you more.

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Hi Ann

There is no mess to clean up because WT Chronology is simple and Bible-based. When you do the maths you find that when you subtract 607 BCE for the Fall from the later 537 BCE for the Return of the Jewish Exiles in Babylon you get Exilic Period of 70 Years foretold by the Prophets as a period of Exile- Destruction of Judah and Servitude to Babylon.

Stern's article which must be read in full certainly confirms our interpretation of what happened to Judah and Jerusalem during the Babylonian Rule over Judah from the destruction of the City and Temple through to the release of the Exiles in Babylon to Judah. Thus the Judah was completely uninhabited during that period known as the' Babylonian Gap' testifying to its complete destruction foretold by the Prophets.

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JW Insider

Again there is no mess to clean up because our Bible Chronology assists in the interpretation of Bible Prophecies and our knowledge of the 'times'.

Stern's chronology differs to ours so the matter of your contested 'two different dating systems' is bogus. The reader simply makes the mental adjustment of a different dates  as one must do with many competing dates by scholars regarding the date of Jerusalem's destruction. What 'corresponds closely' is not the different dating system but the event under discussion which is the nature of the destruction of Judah, its city and the broader context of ancient Israel during the Babylonian Period.

Stern's article along with others supports the Society's interpretation of the history of Judah during the Babylonian Period as a time of total desolation of the Land thus leading to a confirmation of our Chronology.

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10 hours ago, scholar JW said:

When you do the maths you find that when you subtract 607 BCE for the Fall from the later 537 BCE for the Return of the Jewish Exiles in Babylon you get Exilic Period of 70 Years foretold by the Prophets as a period of Exile- Destruction of Judah and Servitude to Babylon.

That wasn't the math problem I gave. Read my post again. 

10 hours ago, scholar JW said:

Stern's article which must be read in full certainly confirms our interpretation of what happened to Judah and Jerusalem during the Babylonian Rule over Judah from the destruction of the City and Temple through to the release of the Exiles in Babylon to Judah. Thus the Judah was completely uninhabited during that period known as the' Babylonian Gap' testifying to its complete destruction foretold by the Prophets.

You've evidently not read it in full, and you have ignored the portions I quoted which contradict your view.

By the way, Neil, how is your little VAT 4956 project going? Have you started to compare the lunar positions yet?

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11 hours ago, scholar JW said:

Stern's chronology differs to ours so the matter of your contested 'two different dating systems' is bogus.

You just contradicted yourself. Stern's dating system is different from ours so it's bogus to say that Stern's dating system is different from ours?

Unfortunately, it's the same type of sloppy contradictions from apparent cognitive dissonance that has created and kept us in the mess we're in. 

Simply, Stern says Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BCE and the Watchtower says 607 BCE.

The Watchtower has cherry-picked his statement even though it uses another dating system just because it looks similar to ours. The Watchtower has long hoped to find a scholar who can support our 607 date. Why else would the Watchtower have latched onto Furuli's book, which is easily shown to be either not honest, or dishonest, to everyone who checks his numbers? Why do you think that no supporter of 607 will ever present their own tests of his evidence? Why do you think that any Witness who has tested Furuli's numbers does not accept his theory?

This is a part of the embarrassing mess. The Watch Tower Society has apparently wanted to be able to quote a scholar to support them, and it is clear that someone has engaged in academically dishonest methods to make it look as though a scholar appears to support 607 as the date for the destruction of Jerusalem.

I have no problem if fellow Witnesses want to believe that 607 was the date. All of us are free to believe what makes sense to us. The only time any of us should have a problem is when someone is not honest in making a claim that there is scholarly evidence that supports the date. If we really believed our Biblical interpretation was right no matter what, then why would we need scholarly evidence to support it, anyway? It's the desire to get someone to back us up on this date that has forced us to do things that are considered very dishonest in the academic world.

And anyway, none of this is needed. 587/6 fits Biblically, not just from the viewpoint of scholarly and archaeological evidence. 

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2 hours ago, JW Insider said:

If we really believed our Biblical interpretation was right no matter what, then why would we need scholarly evidence to support it, anyway?

Excellent Question!

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Hi Ann

You raised the maths problem first so I simply responded to it. Your maths assume that 618 BCE began the seventy years but it does not work so its is better to stick with 607 BCE and then the maths works OK.

I have Stern's articles and I have read them in full. He is quite emphatic about the nature of the Babylonian destruction in Judah thus confirming the WTS interpretation of the seventy years that it was  period of total desolation.

The VAT project is perplexing because of issues of methodology and interpretation of the data. Many different programs are used and different methodologies are employed yielding different results. It is a mess. When all parties use the same program and same methodology then some clarity can emerge. Best left to the experts!

scholar JW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JW Insider

Stern employs the traditional chronology in his research so one simply superimposes WT chronology where required. It is not the chronology that is at issue but the description of the archaeology in Judah that validates our interpretation of the seventy years and its relevant chronology.

WT has not 'cherry picked' Stern's article but simply quoted relevant portion of it which is well discussed throughout the article for he compares Assyria and Babylon's conquest of other lands and their aftermath that is the theme of his article.

Furuli's research has been validated by other independent scholars as discussed in the WT article a few years ago so it is the case that the mess that needs cleaning up lies with the traditional chronology which cannot determine the nature and chronology of the seventy years and the date for the Fall of Jerusalem.

There is scholarly evidence in support of 607 BCE and Furuli and others have presented that material over the last century and it is only since 2000 or thereabouts that scholars have had to examine the state of Judah during the Babylonian Exile which proves the fact of a desolated land. Further, we have the testimony of Josephus which provides firm support for WT chronology.

We do not need scholarly evidence to support 607 BCE for the Bible record is quite sufficient but if there is external corroborative evidence then it makes good sense especially in a time whereupon scepticism of the Bible is widely prevalent.

Finally, 586/7 BCE does not work falsified by the biblical 'seventy years' of Jeremiah, the Prophet.

scholar JW

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1 hour ago, scholar JW said:

Your maths assume that 618 BCE began the seventy years but it does not work so its is better to stick with 607 BCE and then the maths works OK.

But '607 BCE' hadn't happened yet when Jehovah was addressing those exiles already in Babylon. Jerusalem's destruction was not a foregone conclusion. God was pleading with them to submit to Babylon.

Jeremiah 27:12, 13, 17 - Also to King Zed·e·kiʹah of Judah I spoke in the same way, saying: “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him and his people, and you will keep living. 13 Why should you and your people die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, as Jehovah has said about the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? ...

... Serve the king of Babylon and you will keep living. Why should this city become a ruin? 

At Jer. 29, Jehovah was telling the '618 BCE' exiles to settle down and, when 70 years 'at Babylon' were fulfilled, he would bring them - the '618 BCE' exiles - back home. 

Do the math.

618 - 537 = ?

Do you get '70 years'?

Of course you don't.

Was Jehovah misleading His people? Or is the Org's chronological scheme inconsistent with Jer. 29's historical context?

1 hour ago, scholar JW said:

I have Stern's articles and I have read them in full. He is quite emphatic about the nature of the Babylonian destruction in Judah thus confirming the WTS interpretation of the seventy years that it was  period of total desolation.

Neil's 'alternative facts' again, lol.

1 hour ago, scholar JW said:

The VAT project is perplexing because of issues of methodology and interpretation of the data. Many different programs are used and different methodologies are employed yielding different results. It is a mess. When all parties use the same program and same methodology then some clarity can emerge. Best left to the experts!

Deary me. The usual lame excuses for not investigating for yourself.

The experts have found that the tablet dates to 568/7 BCE, Neil. 

1 hour ago, scholar JW said:

Furuli's research has been validated by other independent scholars as discussed in the WT article a few years ago

That was debunked in the other thread.

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Hi Ann

The simple fact is that Jer.29 was addressed to those Exiles who were deported there to Babylon during the reign of Jehoiakim which was 10 years before the Fall of Jerusalem in 607 BCE. Later, these Exiles would be joined by others when the city fell in 607 BCE. Thus altogether those Exiles would have remain in Babylon for the predetermined seventy years of Exile thus leaving the land of Judah empty for that period whilst those Exiles would serve Babylon for that same period. The Scriptures clearly indicate the beginning of the seventy years which could begin at the Fall of Jerusalem and not any earlier. This your maths is incorrect. So sorry!

In relation to Stern's article he most emphatically highlighted the desolation of Judah. he uses the expression 'destruction'-'Babylonian destruction'- 'massive destruction' at least seven times throughout his short two page article as he discusses the different policies of Assyria and Babylon towards their conquered people and territory. No need for alternative facts as there are none present in the article.

Not lame excuses but a simple portrayal of the ambiguities in trying to interpret the astro data. You claim to be an expert so you should sort it out so that amateurs like me can make sense of it all.

Furuli's research has not been debunked but simply been heavily criticized by his peers and that is a good thing and welcomed by Furuli who no doubt can improve and expand his research in the pursuit of open and honest scholarship.

scholar JW

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6 hours ago, scholar JW said:

JW Insider

Stern employs the traditional chronology in his research so one simply superimposes WT chronology where required.

You act like you can't figure out the problem, but think that by denying there was a problem, it just goes away. You clearly either don't understand or you are acting obtuse. The only other option I can think of is dishonesty, so please let me know if there is a different option I missed. 

6 hours ago, scholar JW said:

WT has not 'cherry picked' Stern's article but simply quoted relevant portion of it

The WT did not admit that one must simply superimpose WT chronology over Stern's chronology, did they. If you do what you admitted you needed to do, then the WT conclusion is invalidated. The WT conclusion about the two ranges "corresponding closely" becomes glaringly wrong as soon as we follow your own admission above. You probably know that if you knowingly tried this in an academic publication you could face discipline or embarrassment.

6 hours ago, scholar JW said:

Furuli's research has been validated by other independent scholars as discussed in the WT article a few years ago so it is the case that the mess that needs cleaning up lies with the traditional chronology which cannot determine the nature and chronology of the seventy years and the date for the Fall of Jerusalem.

Furuli's research has only been INVALIDATED so far. You can't just claim something exists without evidence. You failed on prior attempts to provide any evidence of your claims, and this kind of bluster makes me think that you must have made no progress yet. The traditional secular chronology is not based on an interpretation or an ideology, and does not need to be. So if a specific date (the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar, according to the Bible) can be determined through secular chronology, we could either accept it or reject it. But if we reject it, we are also rejecting 539/8 BCE as the first year of Cyrus. 

The WT still wants to reject one part of secular chronology and accept another part. But over the years it has turned out that the case for the entire secular chronology just got stronger and stronger. It no longer works to pretend that the secular chronology can be dismissed by finding fault with Ptolemy. Turned out he had nothing to do with the chronology, anyway. Over the years, the traditional chronology has only been strengthened by literally TENS OF THOUSANDS of additional tablets, and MANY tablets filled with dozens of astronomical readings. 

There are now SEVERAL independent ways to find the date 587/6 for the 18th regnal year of Nebuchadnezzar. If you believe the Bible, then you know that the Bible places the destruction of Jerusalem in his 18th and 19th year. You don't have to accept the evidence, but it's all part of the same evidence that brings us 539 for the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus. If you are aware of the entire array of evidence, then it would be dishonest to cherry-pick the pieces of it you like in the way that the WT is dependent on the same secular evidence for 539/8, but rejects the same secular evidence for 587/6 as the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar. 

6 hours ago, scholar JW said:

There is scholarly evidence in support of 607 BCE and Furuli and others have presented that material over the last century

Really? I have never seen one bit of scholarly evidence that Nebuchadnezzar's 18th or 19th year was 607. Can you name one? If you can't, then you have no business saying it. Furuli was the only person "brave" enough to self-publish a book on the subject, but he obviously doesn't count because his conjecture has been thoroughly discredited.  What he thought he might be able to present as "evidence" from an astronomical point of view has been shown to be false. He admits that it did not come from an astronomer; he makes use of a false Babylonian calendar; and he contradicts other tablet evidence. Anyone who checks it out will find that it was a sloppy, amateurish attempt, and even his own final published evidence doesn't indicate what he claimed it indicated. There are other terms for this type of presentation, but it strikes me as falling somewhere between "delusion" and "fabrication through sloppiness." (To be totally honest, that's too generous for some parts of the book. Some of it just seems just plainly dishonest by any standard I can think of, academic or otherwise.)

Have you decided what you are going to do when you finally test Furuli's data and methods for yourself? You won't have too many choices, and you've given me the impression that these limited choices will keep you from even running the tests, or ever admitting what you found when and if you do run them for yourself.

Think about how odd it is that there are nearly 8 million baptized Witnesses, all who know that the noble-minded thing to do is to TEST every teaching to see whether it is true or not. One of the most unique features of our publications is the fact that we claim that traditional secular chronology is correct (+ or - 10 years) for nearly every traditional date given after 539 BCE and we claim that it is wrong by -20 years for every traditional date given before 539 BCE. This should raise some eyebrows and some red flags. If we are true Christians who want to be more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, we would follow the example of the Beroeans, who examined the words they heard to see if they were true. If we find ourselves more like those in Thessalonica rather than Beroea, then we should pay attention to what Paul wrote to them in 1 Thessalonians 5. The chapter starts out saying that we need nothing to be written to us about chronology, and later in the same chapter says: "Make sure of all things."

We should really find it embarrassing that so few of the 8 million have admitted to looking into such a unique claim. But we should also be prepared for how we are going to handle the choices we will be given when and if we do look into it. We should not think that so much is at stake with respect to our own traditional chronology that we have nothing to fall back on if the rug is pulled out from under us. We should evaluate what our faith is really based on. We do not serve for a date. We do not serve because of definition of a generation, or a traditional chronology defining the 70 years.

We dedicate our lives, our entire lifetime. And we pray that Jehovah would extend our life, eternally if that is his will, so that we may praise him and do good for one another.

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On 5/1/2017 at 9:33 PM, Eoin Joyce said:

Anyone got a view on how Luke 3:1 might have a bearing on this argument?

Perhaps I should have said "willing to share a view"

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      Today, we warn people about the coming destruction of Satan’s entire system of things. Although we may be tired physically, we use our energy to preach God’s Word, make return visits, and conduct Bible studies. As the prophecies about the conclusion of this system come true, we have the satisfaction of being “one through whom divine purposes are made known.”
       
      Ezekiel 1-5.pdf
    • By Nicole
      Spiritual Gems Jeremiah 44-48
      Jer 48:13—Why would the Moabites “be ashamed of Chemosh”? (it-1 430)
      CHEMOSH
      ……. The prophet Jeremiah, in foretelling calamity for Moab, indicated that her principal god Chemosh as well as his priests and princes would go into exile. The Moabites would become ashamed of their god because of his impotence, just as the Israelites of the ten-tribe kingdom had become ashamed of Bethel, likely because of its association with calf worship.—Jer 48:7, 13, 46.
      Jer 48:42—Why is Jehovah’s pronouncement against Moab faith-strengthening? (it-2 422 _2)
      The accurate fulfillment of the prophecies concerning Moab cannot be denied. Centuries ago the Moabites ceased to exist as a people. (Jer 48:42) Today what are considered to have been such Moabite cities as Nebo, Heshbon, Aroer, Beth-gamul, and Baal-meon are represented by ruins. Many other places are now unknown.
      What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
      *** w14 7/1 p. 12 How Should You Discipline Your Children? ***
      Jehovah’s discipline is always administered “to the proper degree.” (Jeremiah 30:11; 46:28) He takes all the circumstances into account, including what is not obvious. How can parents do likewise? Stephen, quoted in the introduction, explains: “Although we felt so hurt and could not understand Natalie’s insistent denials about the ring, we tried to take into account her age and degree of maturity.”
      What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
      *** w16 February pp. 28-29 par. 11 Learn From Jehovah’s Loyal Servants ***
      11 The examples of Abner and Absalom make it clear that inordinate ambition can easily cause a person to become disloyal to God. Surely, no faithful servant of Jehovah would pursue such a selfish and wicked course. However, a desire for wealth or a prestigious career in this world can also have a spiritually detrimental effect on a Christian. In some undisclosed way, the prophet Jeremiah’s secretary, Baruch, temporarily lost his focus. This was Jehovah’s message to Baruch: “Look! What I have built up I am tearing down, and what I have planted I am uprooting—the entire land. But you are seeking great things for yourself. Stop seeking such things.” (Jer. 45:4, 5) Baruch accepted the correction. And how wise it is to keep those words of God in mind as we await the end of this wicked world!
       
      Jeremiah 44-48.pdf
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