The wicked will be no more.—Ps. 37:10.
Instead, “the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” David was also inspired to predict: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” (Ps. 37:11, 29; 2 Sam. 23:2) What effect do you think those assurances had on people who wanted to do God’s will? They would have a basis for expecting that if only righteous people were living on earth, in time a paradise like the garden of Eden would be restored. Over time, most Israelites claiming to serve Jehovah turned their backs on him and on true worship. So God let the Babylonians conquer his people, ruin their land, and carry many of them into exile. (2 Chron. 36:15-21; Jer. 4:22-27) Still, God’s prophets foretold that after 70 years, his people would return to their homeland. Those prophecies were fulfilled. But they also have meaning for us—a coming paradise on earth. w18.12 4 ¶9-10
Song 33 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Jehovah Never Abandoned Joseph”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Initial Call Video: (4 min.) Discussion. Play the video, and then ask the audience: How did the sister make her message understandable to the householder? (th study 17) How might the publisher have introduced a publication from the Teaching Toolbox?