Speak to the entire assembly of Israel.
Obedience to those who today are taking the lead among us is vital. Think of how Jehovah communicated with his people during critical times in the past. When the people of Israel left ancient Egypt, God’s orders for them came through Moses and Aaron, who acted as bearers of Jehovah’s instructions to his people. (Ex. 12:1-7, 21-23, 29) Very likely, you can think of numerous other occasions in Bible history when Jehovah provided life-saving instructions through human or angelic representatives. In all these cases, God saw fit to delegate authority. Messengers spoke in his name, and they told his people what they needed to do in order to survive a crisis. Can we not imagine that Jehovah might do something similar at Armageddon? Naturally, any elders today who are delegated the responsibility of representing Jehovah or his organization must be exceptionally careful never to abuse the authority entrusted to them. w13 11/15 4:14, 15
Song 3 and Prayer
Congregation Bible Study:
cl chap. 23 ¶10-18 (30 min.)
Theocratic Ministry School:
Bible reading: 1 Samuel 23-25 (8 min.)
No. 1: 1 Samuel 23:13-23 (3 min. or less)
No. 2: What Does the Bible Promise for the Future?
No. 3: Baruch (No. 1)
Monthly Theme: Walk as wise persons by “making the best use of your time.”
—Eph. 5:15, 16.
15 min: “How to Witness Using a Literature Display.” Discussion. Demonstrate the following: Two publishers are at a cart or a table. One publisher simply smiles at a passerby. The other publisher then smiles at the next passerby, asks a question as the person comes closer, and starts an enthusiastic conversation. How might we apply this approach even when we are not using a literature display?
15 min: Regular Occasions for Rejoicing. Discussion based on the September 15, 2012, Watchtower, pages 31-32, paragraphs 15-19. Stimulate enthusiasm for the upcoming regional convention. Build anticipation for what will be presented by encouraging all to preview the convention, using the program posted on jw.org.
Song 75 and Prayer