Let them praise the name of Jehovah.—Ps. 148:13.
Countless Bible verses show the importance of God’s name and its sanctification. (Ex. 3:15; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 42:8; 43:10; John 17:6, 26; Acts 15:14) Jehovah God—the Author of the Bible—inspired its writers to use his name freely. (Ezek. 38:23) Omitting the name, found thousands of times in ancient manuscripts, shows disrespect for the Author. The evidence for retaining God’s name in the Bible has not diminished but grown. The 2013 revision of the New World Translation includes the name 7,216 times, which is 6 more than the 1984 edition. Five of the additional instances are found at 1 Samuel 2:25; 6:3; 10:26; 23:14, 16. These were restored primarily because the Dead Sea Scrolls, which predate the Hebrew Masoretic text by over 1,000 years, contain the name in these verses. Also, one occurrence at Judges 19:18 was restored as a result of further study of ancient manuscripts. w15 12/15 2:5, 6
Song 74 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Jehovah Blesses Humility and Punishes Arrogance”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
Bible Reading: (4 min. or less) Jer 50:1-10
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call: (2 min. or less) T-32—Lay the groundwork for a return visit.
Return Visit: (4 min. or less) T-32—Discuss “To Think About.” Lay the groundwork for the next visit.
Talk: (6 min. or less) w15 3/15 17-18—Theme: In Recent Years, Why Have Our Publications Seldom Mentioned Types and Antitypes?
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Remove the Rafter: (15 min.) Play the video Remove the Rafter. Then discuss the following questions: How did the brother demonstrate a proud, critical attitude? What helped him to adjust his thinking? How did he benefit?
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 13 ¶11-23
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 148 and Prayer