No bloodguilt will come upon you.—Deut. 19:10.
A key purpose of the cities of refuge was to protect the Israelites from bloodguilt. Jehovah loves life, and he hates murderous “hands that shed innocent blood.” (Prov. 6:16, 17) A just and holy God, he could not ignore even accidental bloodshed. Unlike Jehovah, the scribes and Pharisees showed a careless disregard for life. How so? “You took away the key of knowledge,” Jesus told them. “You yourselves did not go in, and you hinder those going in!” (Luke 11:52) They were supposed to unlock the meaning of God’s Word and help others to walk on the road to eternal life. Instead, they directed people away from “the Chief Agent of life,” Jesus, leading them toward a course that could end in eternal destruction. (Acts 3:15) Proud and selfish, the scribes and Pharisees cared little for the life and welfare of their fellow humans. How cruel and unmerciful! w17.11 15 ¶9-10
Song 10 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“A Shadow of the Good Things to Come”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Play and discuss the video.
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
What services of our High Priest, Jesus, benefit us?
What are three ways we can show our appreciation?
Pay Attention at the Meetings: (3 min.) Play the video. Then ask children to comment on why they should pay attention at meetings.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 83
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 108 and Prayer