Saturday, June 20, 2009

daily text 06/20

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
"The god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers." (2 Corinthians 4:4)

We should not think that "deep things" are necessarily difficult things. Knowledge of "the deep things of God" is obscured from most people, not because the wisdom of God is too difficult to acquire, but because Satan deceives people into rejecting the help that Jehovah provides through His organization. (1 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3) The third chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians shows that "the deep things of God" include many truths that most of Jehovah's people understand quite well, such as the identity of the promised Seed, the selection from among mankind of individuals with a heavenly hope, and the Messianic Kingdom. Paul said that he had been assigned to "make men see how the sacred secret is administered which has from the indefinite past been hidden in God." -Ephesians 3:5-9
(Watchtower issue: 11/01/07, 2:7, 8)

*this is really evident when you see young children who not only know the scriptures well, but also know how to defend their beliefs against adults who try to coerce or force them to compromise their loyalty. I was listening to a Circuit Overseer giving an experience from the 80's when all the Witnesses were subjected to some of the most severe & brutal persecution in Cuba. -Castro had required that all school children not only acknowledge the Communist authority, but that they had to wear some type of bandana that signified their allegiance to it. Well one 5 yr old Witness boy wouldn't put the bandana on, and even when the teachers forcibly put it on him, he took it off. A soldier actually put a gun to his head, ordering him to put it on, and he still wouldn't compromise. A child that young could never stand firm in the face of what would make most adults cower in fear, without having a solid foundation and education of the scriptures.