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God's Word for Us Through Jeremiah Paperback – 2009
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The book reiterates the WBTS position that Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed in 607 BCE (Pg. 26, 28) About an archaeological find, they state, "the account in Jeremiah 38 that mentions [Jeremiah and Ebed-melech] gained added support from two discoveries made in the ancient City of David. Archaeologist Eliat Mazar reports unearthing a small clay seal impression... dating back to when Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 B.C.E." (Pg. 55)
They observe, "We cannot obey Jehovah perfectly in this system of things, however hard we try. So we thank him that he shows a willingness to forgive our failings. Still, he does not pardon sins automatically... he wants to be sure that we are worthy of his forgiveness." (Pg. 71) They deal with "One who has been disfellowshipped from the Christian congregation." (Pg. 73) They explain, "overseers must act to protect the flock from a potential corrupting influence... Jehovah expects elders to uphold divine justice in such circumstances... elders to not pray publicly for one who is expelled and is pursuing a sinful course... They will, however, imitate God by showing the disfellowshipped person how he can return to God's favor." (Pg. 138-139)
Perhaps surprisingly, they note, "Some of God's servants today experience mood changes. These may have a physical cause---perhaps hormonal surges or a biochemical imbalance---and a qualified physician may suggest ways to limit the extent of such mood swings." (Pg. 87) They suggest that Witnesses "Learn from Jeremiah's Singleness," since "he had a reason for not marrying, and so do some Christians today... Therefore, it would be proper to commend, not tease, one who pursues singleness so as to do more in God's service." (Pg. 95-96) They likewise praise a brother who turned down a university scholarship, who said, "If I had accepted the university education, whatever academic works I accomplished would have been for my own glory. As it is, I have no secular qualification whatsoever. So I do not get the credit for what I have done. All the credit goes to Jehovah." (Pg. 108-109)
They note near the book's end, "A Bible prophecy may have more than fulfillment... There was a fulfillment [of Matt 24:3] in the years 66 to 70 C.E. It is evident, however, that in certain respects that prophecy will yet be fulfilled during the 'great tribulation' to come on this entire wicked system... Similar parallels exist in the prophecies recorded by Jeremiah. Some of these had an initial fulfillment that occurred in 607 B.C.E. but a secondary fulfillment that would occur much later." (Pg. 164)
They admit, "Upon learning that the 144,000 are in the new covenant, some may have thought that only these benefit from it. Perhaps they thought so because only anointed ones are to partake of the emblems at the annual Memorial of Christ's death, where the wine represents the 'blood of the covenant.' (Mark 14:24) Recall, though, that those in the new covenant are to be associates with Jesus as the 'seed' of Abraham, by means of which all nations will be blessed." (Pg. 175) Later, they add, "at the end of Christ's Millennial Reign... the 144,000 underpriests, will have restored to perfection loyal humans. After the final test, mankind will then be full-fledged members of Jehovah's universal family." (Pg. 181) They conclude, "The fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy about the conclusion of the system of things is moving inexorably toward its climax. In the near future... We must wait and see what form these signs will take and what terror they produce among many." (Pg. 190)