Friday, October 23rd, 2009
"The things I was fond of were with the sons of men." (Proverbs 8:31)
From the time he was created, Jesus had an intimate relationship with his Father. (Proverbs 8:22) During his prehuman existence, Jesus discerned God’s attitude toward humans by observing Jehovah’s dealings with them. God’s love for mankind was reflected in the Son. The training that the Son received also included observing how his Father managed adverse circumstances. For example, consider Jehovah’s dealings with the wayward Israelites. Nehemiah 9:28 states: “As soon as they were at rest, they would again do what is bad before you [Jehovah], and you would leave them to the hand of their enemies, who would tread them down. Then they would return and call to you for aid, and you yourself would hear from the very heavens and deliver them in accord with your abundant mercy, time and again.” Working with and observing Jehovah, Jesus cultivated similar compassion for the people in his territory.—John 5:19.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 3:11, 12)
*When you read the Hebrew Scriptures in particular, there's so many accounts that demonstrate just how enormously loving and compassionate Jehovah was with his people, which Jesus would have witnessed first-hand by watching his father's actions while dealing with the nation of Israel for so long, (as was mentioned above). But it's almost funny how many times you'll come across the phrase:
"And the sons of Israel again began to do what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah."
He would help them out, then they'd forget about him and start worshipping other gods and sinning by getting involved in all the immoral and pagan customs of the nations surrounding them. But then as soon as they'd get themselves into a pickle, they'd cry out to Jehovah to save them, and he'd help them again. It was such an ongoing pattern that shows just how much love and concern God has for humans, even though they turn aside from him so often. This account at (Psalm 78:32, 37-41) demonstrates the point pretty well...
"Despite all this they sinned some more
And did not put faith in his wonderful works,
...And their heart was not steadfast with him;
And they did not prove faithful in his covenant.
But he was merciful; he would cover the error and not bring ruin.
And many times he made his anger turn back,
...And he kept remembering that they were flesh,
That the spirit is going forth and does not come back.
How often they would rebel against him in the wilderness,
They would make him feel hurt in the desert!
Again and again they would put God to the test,
and they pained even the Holy One of Israel.”
*On a side note, this is another area that gives such a stamp of divine authenticity to the Bible, because when you read how God and Jesus dealt with people, you can see that it was not 'normal' human logic. Humans don't think like that. So for the writers of the Bible to record such accounts (especially in the time period they lived...which was unheard of in comparison with the practices & beliefs of the other nations), gives evidence of an 'elevated' way of thinking and treating others, which could only have come from an inspired source.