Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
"By means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves." (Genesis 22:18)
Jehovah progressively made known aspects of “the sacred secret of the kingdom of God.” (Mark 4:11) Among those to whom Jehovah did so was the man Abraham, who was called “Jehovah’s friend.” (James 2:23) Jehovah promised Abraham that He would “make a great nation” out of him and later said the words of today’s text. (Genesis 12:2, 3; 17:6; 22:17) Through Abraham’s grandson Jacob, Jehovah revealed: “The scepter will not turn aside from Judah, neither the commander’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to him the obedience of the peoples will belong.” (Genesis 49:10) The term “Shiloh” means “He Whose It Is; He to Whom It Belongs.” Thus, these prophetic words indicated that there would come one who had the legal right to receive “the scepter,” or sovereignty, and “the commander’s staff,” or rulership, over “the peoples,” or all mankind.
(Watchtower issue: 12/01/07, 1:11, 13)
*cross-reference info from 05/15/87 (WA)
Proverbs 4:18 "But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established."
"The sun’s light gets brighter from dawn until “the day is firmly established.” Similarly, spiritual light gets brighter for us as time goes on. As we draw much closer to events, our understanding of the outworking of Jehovah’s purposes becomes clearer. Divine prophecies open up to us as God’s holy spirit sheds light upon them, and as they are fulfilled in world events or in the experiences of Jehovah’s people. Thus the ‘path gets lighter and lighter.’ "
I can definitely appreciate the analogy about knowledge being "progressive" or "gradual" -since being exposed to bright light when you're not ready for it (like when you first wake up) is too much and hurts your eyes. Jehovah understands humans so well in that regard -knowing that we would be overwhelmed if things were revealed too fast or all at once, before we're ready for it. He is sensitive to us in the same way Jesus was with his disciples by revealing knowledge gradually, so that they had time to acclimate and adjust to the new things they were learning. And he held off from telling them more than they needed to know when he saw they weren't ready to hear what he eventually would have to tell them. (John 16:12)