O Daniel, you very precious man.—Dan. 10:11.
Daniel lived as a captive in Babylon, a city filled with idolatry and spiritism. Moreover, the Babylonians looked down on the Jews, mocking both them and their God, Jehovah. (Ps. 137:1, 3) How this must have hurt faithful Jews like Daniel! Food and drink soon became an issue because Daniel did not want to “defile himself with the king’s delicacies.” (Dan. 1:5-8, 14-17) A more subtle challenge for Daniel could have involved his exceptional abilities, which led to his receiving special privileges. (Dan. 1:19, 20) But instead of becoming arrogant and opinionated, he remained humble and modest, always giving due credit to Jehovah. (Dan. 2:30) In fact, it was while Daniel was still a young man that Jehovah counted him worthy of being mentioned as an example of righteousness, along with Noah and Job. (Ezek. 14:14) Was God’s confidence in Daniel misplaced? Not at all! Daniel stayed faithful and obedient to the very end of his life. w18.02 5 ¶11-12
Song 16 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“A Priest Forever in the Manner of Melchizedek”: (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
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
Organizational Accomplishments: (15 min.) Play the Organizational Accomplishments video for September. Encourage all to visit world headquarters or their local branch office if possible.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 82
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 83 and Prayer