You will have to know that Jehovah of armies has sent me to you.—Zech. 6:15.
How did Zechariah’s message affect the Jews in his day? Jehovah had guaranteed stability and protection for their work. His assurance that the temple would be built must have brought hope to their tired hearts. But how would just a few accomplish so much work? Zechariah’s next words remove any remaining fear or doubt. In addition to the support of faithful ones like Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, God tells of many others who would “come and take part in building the temple of Jehovah.” Confident of divine backing, the Jews quickly swing into action, resuming their building work despite the ban by the Persian king. Soon Jehovah removes the mountainlike obstacle of the official ban, and the temple is completed in 515 B.C.E. (Ezra 6:22; Zech. 4:6, 7) The words of Jehovah, however, describe things far greater for our day. w17.10 29 ¶17
Song 33 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Look to Jehovah for Endurance and Comfort”: (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?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Play and discuss the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
How Jehovah “Supplies Endurance and Comfort”: (15 min.) Play the video. Then discuss the following questions:
What lessons did you learn about receiving comfort?
What lessons did you learn about giving comfort?
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 58
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 34 and Prayer