It is because of this heavy responsibility that rests upon such teachers that James counsels: “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment.” (Jas. 3:1) Not that anyone who receives such a theocratic assignment would refuse it. He should properly show appreciation for the theocratic arrangement outlined in Ephesians 4:11, which says: “He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as missionaries, some as shepherds and teachers, with a view to the training of the holy ones for ministerial work, for the building up of the body of the Christ.” So he will humbly carry out his assignment, looking to Jehovah for his direction. But, in harmony with the counsel of the Scriptures on the point, no one should be overly eager or try to work himself into such a position of responsibility.
While no Christian would want to try to take God’s role as instructor or that of Christ Jesus or to usurp the responsibility of the “faithful and discreet slave, yet we can take the things we learn through the theocratic organization and relay them to others, helping them to understand and appreciate them, and in that sense we are teachers. It is with such teaching in mind that Jesus addressed the command to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, . . . teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) And to those who were slow about taking hold of their privileges of service in this regard, Paul said: “Although you ought to be teachers in view of the time, you again need someone to teach you from the beginning the first principles of the sacred pronouncements of God, and you have become such as need milk, not solid food.” (Heb. 5:12) All of Jehovah’s people should apply themselves so as to qualify as teachers, doing so in their proper place in the theocratic arrangement of things.
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OBSERVE THE LORD’S EVENING MEAL
“This do in remembrance of me,” said Jesus as he instituted the celebration commemorating his death. This year the date to observe the Lord’s evening meal, or the Memorial of his death, is March 23, after 6 p.m. All persons of good will are invited to be present with Jehovah’s witnesses when they assemble at their local meeting places in obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus to observe this most important occasion. Following a discourse on the Lord’s evening meal, the bread and the wine will be passed separately, after Jehovah’s blessing has been asked upon each emblem. In conclusion all will be invited to share in special weekend field service to spread the Kingdom message. Congregations should make a diligent effort to help all good-will persons to be present at the Lord’s evening meal. If any of our readers do not know where the meetings in their vicinity are held, write to this office for information.
ISAIAH, JEREMIAH AND LAMENTATIONS
The newest addition to the popular New World Translation is Volume IV of the Hebrew Scriptures containing the inspired message of Isaiah and Jeremiah as well as the book of Lamentations. Never before have the thrilling prophecies of these outstanding Bible books been read with such keen enjoyment by English-speaking people. Because of their deep significance to us in their application to our day, you will thoroughly appreciate this volume as an important part of your regular reading program. Send $1 today for your copy.
“WATCHTOWER” STUDIES FOR THE WEEKS
April 26: Keeping Strict Watch on How We Walk. Page 165.
May 3: Helpers Toward Walking Wisely. Page 172.