Thursday, September 10th, 2009
"Jehovah himself gives wisdom." (Proverbs 2:6)
In Paradise, resurrected ones will be able to fill in some gaps in our knowledge of the past. Enoch will be there to explain how he had the courage needed to declare Jehovah’s message to ungodly people. (Jude 14, 15) Noah will certainly relate what it was like to build the ark. Abraham and Sarah will be able to reveal how they felt about leaving the comforts of Ur and living in tents. Think of Esther supplying details about how she stood up for her people and foiled Haman’s plot against them. (Esther 7:1-6) Imagine Jonah telling about his three days in the belly of the big fish or John the Baptizer describing his feelings when he baptized Jesus. (Luke 3:21, 22; 7:28) What intriguing things to learn! During Christ’s Thousand Year Reign, you may be privileged to help resurrected ones to gain “the very knowledge of God.”—Proverbs 2:1-5.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/07, 1:21, 22)
*and on the flip side of this scenario - all those individuals and our relatives that will be coming back, will want to know what it was like living during 'the last days' and all the exciting details about surviving the great tribulation and Armageddon, etc. We had a talk about this at either the 2006 or 2007 District Convention, and the speaker gave this awesome analogy about the relevance of having as full a share in the Kingdom proclamation work as we can right now, since we are living at the climax of such a monumental point in history (and the preaching work will never be repeated on this scale again) -versus- allowing ourselves to get distracted and caught up in the everyday, mundane aspects of daily life. He did the funniest 'ad lib' impression...pretending what it would be like if you were having a conversation in the paradise with some of the famous individuals who've lived throughout history (especially those who served Jehovah during Biblical times) and how dumb you would feel when they ask you what YOU personally were doing at such an important point in human history, and you can't think of anything to say except: "Um, well, I was a manager at an office, and um, lets see...I also had a big house with a swimming pool, and um, well, I didn't really get to spend as much time as I wanted to teaching others about all this" and then they respond: "oh, really?...ok, well it was nice meeting you" and quickly move unto a conversation with someone else. haha, it was so funny the way he said it.