Jehovah became furious at Solomon.—1 Ki. 11:9.
Why was Jehovah’s anger raised against Solomon? The Bible reports: “Because his heart had inclined away from Jehovah . . . , who had appeared to him twice and had warned him about this very thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not obey what Jehovah had commanded.” As a result, God withdrew his approval and support. Solomon’s heirs lost the unified kingdom of Israel and suffered many calamities for generations to come. (1 Ki. 11:9-13) As in Solomon’s case, one of the greatest threats to spirituality is friendship with those who do not understand or respect Jehovah’s standards. Some may be associated with the congregation but may be spiritually weak. Others could be relatives, neighbors, coworkers, or schoolmates who are not worshippers of Jehovah. In any case, if our close associates do not show a high regard for Jehovah’s standards, they can in time destroy our good standing with God. w18.07 19 ¶9-10
Song 120 and Prayer
Opening Comments (1 min.)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Joseph Shows Great Self-Control”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (10 min.)
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
Second Return Visit Video: (5 min.) Discussion. Play the video, and then ask the audience: How did the brother properly introduce the scripture? Why and how did the brother introduce the Teach Us book?