Do not bring us into temptation.
Considering what happened to Jesus shortly after his baptism can help us to understand the need for the request: “Do not bring us into temptation.” Jesus was led into the wilderness by God’s spirit. Why? “To be tempted by the Devil.” (Matt. 4:1) Should that surprise us? Not if we grasp the main reason why God sent his Son to the earth. That was to settle the issue raised when Adam and Eve rejected God’s sovereignty. Questions needed time to be settled. For example, was something wrong with the way God created man? Was it possible for a perfect human to uphold God’s sovereignty regardless of pressures from “the wicked one”? And would mankind be better off independent of God’s rulership, as Satan implied? (Gen. 3:4, 5) Answering such questions would require time but would show all intelligent creation that Jehovah exercises his sovereignty in a beneficial way. w15 6/15 5:12
Song 49 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Do You Keep Your Promises?”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
—What is the “permanent covenant,” and who are included in it? (w88 9/15 17 ¶7)
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) Eze 16:28-42
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Fulfill Your Marriage Vow Even When You Are Disappointed With Your Marriage: (10 min.) Talk by an elder based on the March 2014 Awake! pages 14-15.
Become Jehovah’s Friend
—Be Truthful: (5 min.) Play the video Become Jehovah’s Friend —Be Truthful. Afterward, invite selected young children to the stage, and ask them questions about the video.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) kr chap. 15 ¶1-8
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 73 and Prayer