God Sent His Son

Cause For Gratitude “Be thankful, whatever the circumstances may be. If you follow this advice you will be working out the will of God expressed to you in Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, scriptures from J.B. Phillips translation unless otherwise noted). By Ninan Andrews Worldly people may attribute favorable events to good luck, but a consecrated student of the Bible knows differently (Matthew 5:45). For them, they become a time for gratitude (Acts 14:17, Psalm 116:12-14). Pastor Russell writes, “If the goodness []

In the Beginning

Underlying Principles of the Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments are sometimes viewed as God’s basic standard for determining acceptable con­duct. The commands seem clear. However, the principles that support them provide deeper insights into their importance. Commandment 1 — No Other Gods Before Me, describes the importance of recognizing only Jehovah. Israel often sought other gods, and judges guided them back to Jehovah. Examples from the kings of Israel are shared with the ultimate example seen in Jesus. Commandment 2 — No []

He Magnified the Law

Value of the Law “It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law, and make ithonorable” Isaiah 42:21 (RVIC). At the time the prophet Isaiah wrote the above words, Israel had become a corrupt nation. He described the people as deaf and blind to the words of God. As a result, God allowed them to be plundered by their enemies. For most Israelites, the Law had become an old relic to be cast aside. In this context, verse 21 stands []

Commandment 1

No Other Gods “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 NKJV. Other texts are from theChristian Standard Bible, CSB, unless otherwise noted). The first three commandments of the Decalogue set Israel’s focus on God as the one and only source of national and personal blessings. Israel had just been delivered through the ten plagues in Egypt and the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. Yet believing in one supreme invisible God was a challenge for some Israelites, even up []