Tuesday, October 21
All the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.—Jer. 9:26.
We find a clue as to the meaning of “uncircumcised in heart” in what God urged the Jews to do: “Take away the foreskins of your hearts, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; that my rage may not go forth . . . on account of the badness of your dealings.” But from where did their bad dealings originate? From inside, from their heart. (Mark 7:20-23) Their heart was stubbornly rebellious. Their motives and thinking were displeasing to him. (Jer. 5:23, 24; 7:24-26) God told them: “Get yourselves circumcised to Jehovah, and take away the foreskins of your hearts.” (Jer. 4:4; 18:11, 12) Hence, Jews in Jeremiah’s day needed figurative heart surgery—‘circumcision of the heart’—even as those in Moses’ time did. (Deut. 10:16; 30:6) To ‘take away the foreskin of their heart’ meant getting rid of what made their heart unresponsive—their thinking, affections, or motives that were in conflict with God’s.—Acts 7:51. w13 3/15 2:7-9
WEEK STARTING OCTOBER 20
Song 109 and Prayer
□ Congregation Bible Study:
□ Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: Deuteronomy 7-10 (10 min.)
No. 1: Deuteronomy 9:15-29 (4 min. or less)
No. 2: Why a Perfect Man Could Sin—rs p. 371 ¶2–p. 372 ¶3 (5 min.)
No. 3: Adonijah—Do Not Question Jehovah’s Decisions—it-1 pp. 49-50, Adonijah No. 1 (5 min.)
□ Service Meeting:
Monthly Theme: “Preach the word; be at it urgently.”—2 Tim. 4:2
15 min: “Explaining Our Beliefs About 1914.” Discussion. Invite comments on each bulleted question.
15 min: A Tool to Help Us Explain Our Beliefs About 1914. Begin with a seven-minute demonstration of a publisher using the chart on page 11 of the November 1, 2014, Watchtower to give his Bible student an overview of how the prophecy recorded in Daniel chapter 4 relates to God’s Kingdom. Invite the audience to comment on why the demonstration was effective. Conclude by reading Revelation 12:10, 12 and inviting the audience to comment on how our knowing that the Kingdom began ruling in 1914 motivates us to preach the good news with urgency.
Song 133 and Prayer