By means of him we have the release by ransom through the blood of that one.
Memorializing the Jewish Passover was part of the Mosaic Law, and we are not under the Law. (Rom. 10:4; Col. 2:13-16) Instead, we hold dear another event, the death of God’s Son. Still, there are features of the Passover observance that was instituted back in Egypt that have meaning for us. The lamb’s blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel was a means to preserve life. Today, we do not offer animal sacrifices to God. But there is a better sacrifice that can preserve life permanently. The apostle Paul wrote about “the congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens.” The means of preserving the lives of those anointed Christians is “the blood of sprinkling,” Jesus’ blood. (Heb. 12:23, 24) Christians who hope to live forever on earth depend on that same blood for preservation. They should regularly remind themselves of the assurance found in the words of today’s text. w13 12/15 3:17, 18
Song 26 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 2 Chronicles 1-5 (8 min.)
No. 1: 2 Chronicles 3:14–4:6 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: Enoch (No. 2)
No. 3: What Kinds of Baptisms Are There?
Monthly Theme: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept making it grow.”
—1 Cor. 3:6.
10 min: “Preparation Needed to Teach With Skill.” Talk.
10 min: Good Conduct Opens the Way to Plant Seeds of Truth. Discussion based on the 2015 Yearbook, page 49, paragraph 3, to page 51, paragraph 3; and page 140, paragraph 3, to page 141, paragraph 3. Invite audience to comment on the lessons learned.
10 min: “Use Features of the Bible Teach Book Effectively.” Discussion. Include a brief demonstration.
Song 123 and Prayer