Sunday, January 31, 2010

daily text 1/31

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
"Taste and see that Jehovah is good." (Psalm 34:8)

Your first love for the truth was important, but as time went by, you needed a deeper love to face new challenges that put your faith to the test. However, Jehovah sustained you. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Thus, your experiences constitute another way you can prove to yourself the good, acceptable will of God. (Joshua 23:14) To illustrate, consider the situation in which the Israelites found themselves when Jehovah stated his purpose to deliver them from slavery in Egypt. God identified himself to Moses, saying:
“I shall prove to be what I shall prove to be.” (Exodus 3:7, 8, 13, 14) In effect, Jehovah was saying that he would take on any role necessary to free his people. Later, the Israelites saw Jehovah reveal different facets of his personality—as the Almighty, as a Judge, a Leader, a Deliverer, a Warrior, and a Provider.—Exodus 12:12; 13:21; 14:24-31; 16:4; Nehemiah 9:9-15.
(Watchtower issue: 06/15/08, 4:7, 8)

*I started reading the book Mankind's Search For God, (which discusses the many gods and religions found in cultures around the world) and this is another area that makes Jehovah stand out, far apart from any of the gods of ancient mythology...because although some of them also had a *variety* of roles or titles when it came to their interactions with mortals, their behavior was very human (less than human in many cases), and very predictable and one-dimensional.
It's not hard to imagine imperfect men attributing personalities to their deities, (much the same way that comic book writers attribute characteristics to superheros and villains).
But Jehovah's personality is truly *undefinable*...which is why the meaning of his name is so fitting. Because there are so many unanticipated and surprising facets that come to life and reveal themselves in various accounts throughout the Bible, (which also includes the way Jesus reflected his father's personality during his earthly ministry) giving us an even deeper insight into Jehovah's character, demonstrating how different He is compared to the personalities and actions of any other man-made gods of mythology. So I have a difficult time understanding how anyone can lump Jehovah in with all those others, when there is such a clear and superior distinction. Other gods *at best* are a poor imitation.

FYI: I just looked online and I can't believe there are people selling our books on Amazon! Nice how the brothers and sisters volunteer their time and energy at Bethel, working so hard without a salary in order to print and bind the publications so we can make them available to the public without charge, and now greedy people are trying to make a profit off what they received for free! Unbelievable. Nice world we live in.