Choose cities convenient for yourselves to serve as cities of refuge.—Num. 35:11.
The six cities of refuge were easy to access. Jehovah commanded Israel to distribute the cities evenly on both sides of the Jordan River. Why? So that any fugitive could find refuge quickly and conveniently. (Num. 35:12-14) Roads leading to the cities of refuge were kept in good repair. (Deut. 19:3) According to Jewish tradition, guideposts were erected to direct fugitives to the cities. Since the cities of refuge were available, an unintentional manslayer was not forced to flee to a foreign land, where he might be tempted to take up false worship. Think of it: Jehovah—the very One who had mandated capital punishment for willful murderers—gave unintentional manslayers ample opportunity to receive compassion and protection! “Every thing was made as plain, as simple, and as easy as possible,” wrote one commentator. Jehovah is not a heartless judge who is eager to punish his servants. Rather, he is “rich in mercy.”—Eph. 2:4. w17.11 14 ¶4-5
Song 90 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
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
Pioneers Who Encourage: (9 min.) Play the video Pioneers’ Power to Help. Then answer the following questions: How can pioneers encourage others in the congregation? How have you been encouraged by the pioneers in your congregation?
Good Examples That Encourage Us: (6 min.) Play the video We Must “Run With Endurance”—Imitate Good Examples. Then answer the following questions: What challenge did the sister have? What did she do to receive encouragement?
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 74
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 100 and Prayer