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Another year of 14 Nisan with restricted access

For two years, our services could not continue physically. Fortunately, we had Zoom and Jitsi to reach our members via the internet.

For months, Bible students have been prevented from going to the houses to bring the Good News. Like last year, no leaflets have been put in the mailboxes to invite people to the 14 Nisan celebration. This year too, that highlight of the church year will be a day of silence or modesty. But for the first time in a long time, our baptised members, in limited numbers, will also be able to meet in the Kingdom Hall, this Friday evening at 20:15 (in English). Baptised members will also be able to follow the memorial service on the net via a video stream from the auditorium.

Unfortunately, for security reasons, as we are so often attacked, we have to limit access to the service via the internet to those we know well and to family members present at the baptisms. Those who are not baptised can therefore unfortunately not take part in this highlight of the year.

But we are hopeful that in the coming months the situation around Covid will gradually improve and that in a few months (after the summer) we will be able to meet again in the Ecclesia hall, Bible study room and/or Kingdom Hall.

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Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Nog een jaartje 14 Nisan met beperkte toegang

Preceding

Preparing for 14 Nisan

14 Nisan a day to remember #1 Inception

14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus

14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast

14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain

14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate

Fellowship over meals

Coming together for a meal to remember a special lamb

When Belonging to the escaped ones gathering in Jesus name

Most important weekend of the year 2016

Preparing for the most important weekend of the year 2018

The Most important weekend of the year 2018

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Additional reading

  1. Coronavirus, Vaccinations and an Old and New World
  2. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  3. Catholics facing a totally different Holy Week
  4. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  5. The son of David and the first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  6. High Holidays not only for Israel (Our World) + High Holidays not only for Israel (Some View on the World)
  7. Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy
  8. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  9. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  10. Seven days of Passover
  11. Most important day in Christian year
  12. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  13. Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal
  14. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  15. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart (Our World) + Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart (Some view on the World)
  16. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  17. Preparation for Passover
  18. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  19. Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people
  20. Observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal
  21. This day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast to the Most High God
  22. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  23. Lost senses or a clear focus on the one at the stake
  24. Inauguration of the New Covenant
  25. Not dragged unwillingly to death
  26. Spoken in the name of Jehovah God for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience
  27. A particular night to share unleavened bread and red wine
  28. The Memorial Supper
  29. Asking to come under the Wings of God
  30. Memorial Observance 1909
  31. Fraternal week-end at Easter in Paris
  32. A night different from all other nights and days to remember
  33. Worthy partakers of the body of Christ
  34. Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan
  35. Wednesday 5 April 2017 – Sunday 9 April 30 CE Pesach or Passover versus Easter
  36. Thinking about fear for the Loving God and an Invitation for 14 Nisan
  37. Only a few days left before 14 Nisan
  38. Able to celebrate the Passover in all of its prophetic fulfilment
  39. The Most special weekend of the year 2018
  40. At the Shabbat HaChodesh: readings about blood, liberation and purification
  41. Purification and perfection
  42. Soon it shall be Erev Pesach and Passover 2019
  43. A great evening and special days to look forward in 2019
  44. Not daring to show a connection (Our World) + Not daring to show a connection (Some View on the World)
  45. Terwijl wij in Isolatie zijn: Beste wensen op dit Feest van Bevrijding – From our isolation best wishes on this Feast of Liberation
  46. Even in Corona time You are called on to have the seder
  47. Hosting a Virtual Seder During a Pandemic
  48. One Passover tradition asking to provide the less fortunate with foods and help
  49. In a time when we must remain in our place

 

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Related

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  3. Passover: A Sign to Remember
  4. Significance of Passover (repost)
  5. Passover: What Does Freedom Even Mean?
  6. The medieval history of Passover: libel, conspiracy, and hope for freedom
  7. Three Things About Passover
  8. Passover and the Church
  9. Passover, Easter and the Christian
  10. The Lamb of God
  11. He is Our Passover Sacrifice!
  12. BE DeliveredAll In: Remember, We Won, Let’s Eat!
  13. Interested in Exploring a Jewish Passover Seder?
  14. First Two Days of Pesach
  15. The Passover Celebration and Jag Hamatzot
  16. Jesus and the PassoverA Story and A Prayer for Passover
  17. Blood Poured Out
  18. Passover Circa 33 AD; Hallel
  19. It was yet another Passover meal–or was it? (Maundy Thursday, Year C)
  20. Passover vs. Easter [where the writer wrongly insinuate that in Christianity (where he means Christendom), the easter egg became associated with Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Real Christians always have kept away from those heaten symbols and the pagan feast Easter].
  21. 4/13/2022 Passover Observation at Even
  22. Do Not Pass-Over Sabbaths

When feeling alone, afraid to connect with others in order to grow in faith

In this life where there does not seem to be much interest in Jehovah God, sometimes we can feel just on our own, certainly when we have no church to connect with.

To break that chain of loneliness we should try to be courageous to make others know we are loving God and following the real Christ. We may be proud of our heavenly Father, Jehovah, and want others to come to know Him, but often, because we do feel so lonely we do feel on our own and too weak to go out to let others know our choice for life.

One of the best ways we can show love to others is by sharing the good news with them.

19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations,+ baptizing them+ in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.+ And look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”+(Matt. 28:19, 20)

Often, when we are on our own, we think we shall not be able to “make learners”, because we do not see people who want to be around us. The Greek verb ma·the·teuʹo has the basic meaning “to teach” with the intent of making pupils or disciples. As such we encounter situations when there are no direct people around us to be taught, but when we look around we shall see there are people whom we could attract by the right words to hear and follow our words.

There is given a command to those who want to be followers of Christ. This command to reach “people of all the nations” was new in the first century. Prior to Jesus’ ministry, the Scriptures indicate that Gentiles were welcomed to Israel if they came to serve Jehovah.

41 “Also concerning the foreigner who is not part of your people Israel and who comes from a distant land because of your name*+ 42 (for they will hear about your great name+ and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm), and he comes and prays toward this house, 43 may you then listen from the heavens, your dwelling place,+ and do all that the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you,+ as your people Israel do, and may know that your name has been called on this house that I have built. (1Ki 8:41-43)

Today we cannot hear the Name of Jehovah resound over the land. We do not hear the Great Name of Jehovah mentioned often. Because of the Name not being known and not being spoken about a lot, people can not easily come to meet with others who love that Great Name and want to praise that Divine Creator.

What if we are timid? How can we become bold? How can we find the guts to go out and speak about that Great Name?

We grow bold when we focus on how happy we can make Jehovah and how much others will benefit from learning about him. Though we might feel on our own, without people feeling likewise about Jehovah God, we should come to know and come to feel that This Great God above all gods, is willing to help us when we are willing to work for Him.

Jehovah will give us the courage we need. He helped our first-century brothers to become bold, and he will help us too.​

For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Phi·lipʹpi,+ as you know, we mustered up boldness* by means of our God to tell you the good news of God+ in the face of much opposition.* (1 Thess. 2:2).

Even when we live in a country where the government is not having people to talk about Jehovah, we should think about the first Christians and their prosecution.
At the beginning of the expansion of the movement of followers of Christ, those true Christians bore the consequences of their faith. In the first centuries after Christ had died, his followers expected to be persecuted.

True Christians expect to be persecuted.  No matter where we live, secular authorities may suddenly and unexpectedly ban us from worshipping our loving God, Jehovah. If a government bans our worship, we might wrongly conclude that we do not have God’s blessing. But remember, persecution does not mean that Jehovah is unhappy with us. Take, for example, the apostle Paul. He certainly had God’s approval. He had the privilege of writing 14 letters of the Christian Greek Scriptures, and he was an apostle to the nations. Yet, he faced intense persecution.

23 Are they ministers of Christ? I reply like a madman, I am more outstandingly one: I have done more work,+ been imprisoned more often,+ suffered countless beatings, and experienced many near-deaths.+ 24 Five times I received 40 strokes less one from the Jews,+ 25 three times I was beaten with rods,+ once I was stoned,+ three times I experienced shipwreck,+ a night and a day I have spent in the open sea; 26 in journeys often, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own people,+ in dangers from the nations,+ in dangers in the city,+ in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers among false brothers, 27 in labor and toil, in sleepless nights often,+ in hunger and thirst,+ frequently without food,+ in cold and lacking clothing.  (2 Cor. 11:23-27)

We learn from the apostle Paul’s experience that Jehovah allows his faithful servants to be persecuted.

Jehovah is not partial, He does not judge by outward appearance, favouring people because of their race, nationality, social standing, or any external factors and He is happy when He sees us show love to others, no matter what their background may be.

34 At this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial,+ 35 but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.+ (Acts 10:34, 35)

Out of love for our neighbours or fellow man, we should be willing to step out of our isolation and should dare to come to talk about Jehovah. We should master our fear for the other, and dare to speak to them around using our neighbourhood. We should know we have something special to offer. Those who listen to us can improve their lives now and gain the prospect of enjoying everlasting life in the future.​

16 Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching.+ Persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+ (1 Tim. 4:16).

Jehovah is a loving parent, so He wants His family to be happy.

65 “I have let myself be searched for by those who did not ask for me; I have let myself be found by those who did not look for me.+

I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that was not calling on my name.+ (Isaiah 65:1)

14 Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, But you will cry out because of the pain of heart And you will wail because of a broken spirit. (Isa. 65:14)

Even when we are just one servant of God in isolation, not having it easy to feel connected with other believers, we in our heart should be pleased that we can be partakers of the Body of His son and be part of His widespread family. It is true our spirit may often being hurt and feel like a piece of crystal glass thrown on the ground completely shattered into many pieces. Our courage can often sink deeply into our shoes, yet we have to put our hope that one day there will be more people around us who want to be connected with us. In the meantime, we should not let ourselves be caught by depressed moods from feeling lonely.

We should look up and aim for Jehovah God as our Sustainer and Inspirer.

Trusting God we shall have to find the courage to keep going on in our solitude and to prepare the path for others still to come. Trust and patience are what should keep us going. This should make us not afraid to invite others to dwell with us in the house of the Highest God above all gods, all the days of our life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

 One thing I have asked from Jehovah  —It is what I will look for— That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life,+ To gaze upon the pleasantness of Jehovah And to look with appreciation* upon his temple.*+ (Psalms 27:4)

We can remain happy because we have the sure hope that life will get even better in the future. We know that soon Jehovah will remove all the wicked and that under the direction of His Kingdom, the earth will be restored to Paradise. We also have the wonderful hope that those who have died will be raised to life and reunited with their loved ones.

28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice+29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.+30  (John 5:28, 29)

What a joy that will be! And most important, we are sure that soon everyone in heaven and on earth will give our loving Father the honour, praise, and devotion that he deserves.

So let us find the courage to overcome our sadness of being alone. Jehovah God is always with us, like our shadow, and it is Him Who can give us wings and strength.

 I will be a guest in your tent forever;+ I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings.+ (Selah) (Psalm 61:4)

We might feel in the dark, but by our faith in the resurrection of Christ light should shine in our life. We should let others know that he is the way to God, the light and life, but also the one who provides us with a grand hope. With our hope for a better life out of brotherly love, let us share our hope with others. Those who listen to us can improve their lives now and gain the prospect of enjoying everlasting life in the future.

16 Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching.+ Persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+ (1 Tim. 4:16).

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Preceding

Let us not fret or worry about next season

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving

Inculcate God’s words and speak of them

Testimonies to observe, inspired by God

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:17-20 – The Nazarene Rabbi’s Commentary on the Torah

Matthew 10:24-31 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Do Not Fear – Preach!

As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude

Good or bad preacher

A Society pleading poverty

Be strong

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Additional reading

  1. “Unnoticed”
  2. Alone in the cold and dark
  3. Loneliness (as seen by Tess Connor)
  4. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  5. When I Get Lost in My Loneliness
  6. So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes
  7. Walking alone?
  8. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  9. God’s forgotten Word 2 Lost Lawbook 1 Who has still interest
  10. The Field is the World #4 Many who leave the church
  11. The post-Christian world
  12. Dealing with worries in our lives
  13. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  14. Measure of loneliness whilst time drags
  15. Christadelphian Support Network Meeting: The Age of Loneliness
  16. Pascal’s Possibility
  17. Today’s thought “Ability to receive ableness from God” (May 11)
  18. The Big Conversation – Christadelphians in the United Kingdom
  19. Being in isolation #2 Looking at the word “Isolation”
  20. Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing
  21. Being in isolation #5 Isolated Biblical figures and Confessional isolation
  22. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  23. Avoiding the big questions
  24. Life’s challenges may not paralyse you
  25. Determine the drive
  26. Courage is fear that has said its prayers
  27. Courage for every day living
  28. Be strong and take courage
  29. Be Not Thou Weary
  30. Courage doesn’t always roar
  31. Fearing the right person
  32. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
  33. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  34. Trust God to shelter, safety and security
  35. Trust the future to God
  36. Finding our identity in serving God
  37. Believe that moves stones
  38. Companionship
  39. Creating Community and Togetherness
  40. How should we worship God? #4 Christian Congregations
  41. Ecclesia – Church – Minding your reference
  42. Church indeed critical in faith development
  43. Parish, local church community – Parochie, plaatselijke kerkgemeenschap
  44. In all circumstances preaching Christ
  45. Blogging in the world for Jesus and his Father
  46. Daily thought for July the 8th and the Summer months
  47. Prayer theme in this Corona time: Compassion
  48. Bijbelvorser looking for ways to reach others
  49. The Most Appropriate teacher and Scoffers in our contemporary age
  50. Today’s thought “A blessing and a curse” (April 25)
  51. Today’s thought “When approaching the battle against your enemies today” (May 03)
  52. Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18)
  53. Today’s thought “If we endure” (May 26)
  54. The Big Conversation
  55. The Big conversation Why it matters
  56. Reason to preach #5 Trained to do it God’s way
  57. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
  58. Abound To Every Good Work (2 Cor. 9:8)
  59. Only once and with consequences
  60. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  61. Learning from ourselves
  62. Reflections on Existence and Teaching
  63. Preaching by example
  64. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  65. Evangelizing in the “Time of the End”
  66. A Million Ways To Live: Al Muhyi (The One Who Gives Life)
  67. God is Positive
  68. When God Moved a Mountain
  69. A way to prepare for the Kingdom
  70. From house to house #2: Continuing to bring the good news right to the world
  71. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
  72. Paradise restored

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Related

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  2. “Empty”
  3. Changing the World
  4. When is a ‘Church’ Not a ‘Church’?
  5. Church: Mind Your Reference!
  6. The Good and The Bad Within the Church Part-1 – Unleashed
  7. Darrell L. Guder – The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000)
  8. Seeing is Disbelieving (2020)
  9. Power and authority (Part two)
  10. Proverbs 25:21-22
  11. Selah – סֶלָה
  12. Easter Sunday 2021: out of darkness
  13. Walk and talk!
  14. What the church needs
  15. Daily Bible Verse For The Day 7th April, 2021
  16. The wind blows where it wishes
  17. Matthew 13:44
  18. Making Disciples
  19. Why do we make disciples
  20. Yes To The Cost
  21. Who do we Listen to God or Man
  22. Making Space to Do What We are Called to Do–Make Disciples
  23. In Search of More Mountain Guides: Making Disciples by “Traveling With” Instead of “Talking At”
  24. Making disciples is the Biblical-mandate
  25. Bringing Up Baby
  26. What Snacks Teach Us About Making Disciples
  27. The Supply and Demand of Making Disciples
  28. Where are the Shepherds?
  29. How Deeply Do You Care?
  30. Belief and Behavior
  31. Celtic Evangelism and a New/Old Way to Win a World
  32. What makes a man cry
  33. Scripture for Meditation #1
  34. Scripture for Meditation #2
  35. Do You Care If Anyone Knows Jesus? (Christian Leadership In Today’s Culture Part 5)
  36. Tumbling Stones and the Art of Pastoral Care
  37. Don’t Be Ashamed
  38. Forget Public Opinion…Keep Your Eyes on God’s Opinion of You.
  39. A Passionless Christian Asked a Question.
  40. Preaching to the Hard hearted with Joy
  41. Making Disciples
  42. The Master “Group Plan” of Discipleship
  43. Mentoring: Harnessing God’s Overflowing Love
  44. Who is the “Buddy” that is Pushing You to Grow in Christ?
  45. Christ’s Church – Part 3
  46. The Spread of the Gospel
  47. Harvest Workers; February 27, 2021
  48. Where is the Harvest?
  49. Straight Methods, Narrow Message

Alleenvoelend bang om met anderen te verbinden om te groeien in geloof

In dit leven waarin er niet veel belangstelling voor Jehovah God lijkt te zijn, kunnen we ons soms alleen voelen, zeker als we geen kerk hebben om mee te verbinden.

Om die keten van eenzaamheid te doorbreken, moeten we proberen moedig te zijn om anderen te laten weten dat we God liefhebben en de echte Christus volgen. We zijn misschien trots op onze hemelse Vader, Jehovah, en willen dat anderen Hem leren kennen, maar omdat we ons zo eenzaam voelen, voelen we ons vaak alleen en te zwak om anderen onze keuze voor het leven te laten weten.

Een van de beste manieren waarop we anderen liefde kunnen tonen, is door het goede nieuws met hen te delen.

19 Ga dus en maak discipelen van mensen uit alle volken.+ Doop ze+ in de naam van de Vader en van de Zoon en van de heilige geest, 20 en leer ze om zich te houden aan alles wat ik jullie heb opgedragen.+ En weet: ik ben met jullie, alle dagen, tot het einde van het tijdperk.’+ (Mattheüs 28:19, 20)

Als we alleen zijn, denken we vaak dat we niet in staat zullen zijn om “leerlingen te maken”, omdat we geen mensen zien die om ons heen willen zijn. Het Griekse werkwoord ma · the · teuʹo heeft de fundamentele betekenis ‘onderwijzen‘ met de bedoeling leerlingen of discipelen te maken. Als zodanig komen we situaties tegen waarin er geen directe mensen om ons heen zijn om les te krijgen, maar als we om ons heen kijken, zullen we zien dat er mensen zijn die we zouden kunnen aantrekken door de juiste woorden, om onze woorden te horen en te volgen.

Er is een bevel gegeven aan degenen die volgelingen van Christus willen zijn. Dit gebod om “mensen uit alle natiën” te bereiken, was nieuw in de eerste eeuw. Vóór Jezus ‘bediening geeft de Bijbel te kennen dat heidenen in Israël werden verwelkomd als ze kwamen Jehovah te dienen.

41 En als de buitenlander die geen deel uitmaakt van uw volk Israël, vanwege uw naam* uit een ver land komt+42 (want ze zullen over uw grote naam,+ uw sterke hand en uw uitgestrekte arm horen) en in de richting van dit huis bidt, 43 luister dan alstublieft vanuit de hemel, uw woonplaats.+ Doe alles wat de buitenlander u vraagt, zodat alle volken op aarde net als uw volk Israël uw naam kennen en ontzag voor u hebben+ en weten dat uw naam verbonden is aan dit huis dat ik heb gebouwd. (1 Koningen 8:41-43)

Tegenwoordig kunnen we de Naam van Jehovah niet over het land horen weerklinken. We horen de Grote Naam van Jehovah niet vaak genoemd. Omdat de Naam niet bekend is en er niet veel over wordt gesproken, kunnen mensen niet gemakkelijk anderen ontmoeten die van die Grote Naam houden en die Goddelijke Schepper willen prijzen.

Wat als we timide zijn? Hoe kunnen we moedig worden? Hoe kunnen we het lef vinden om uit te gaan en over die Grote Naam te spreken?

We worden moedig als we ons concentreren op hoe gelukkig we Jehovah kunnen maken en op hoeveel anderen er baat bij hebben meer over hem te weten te komen. Hoewel we ons misschien alleen voelen, zonder dat mensen hetzelfde voelen over Jehovah God, moeten we te weten komen en gaan voelen dat Deze Grote God, boven alle goden, bereid is ons te helpen wanneer we bereid zijn voor Hem te werken.

Jehovah zal ons de moed geven die we nodig hebben. Hij hielp onze eerste-eeuwse broeders moedig te worden, en Hij zal ons ook helpen.

En zoals jullie bekend is, hebben we daarvóór in Fili̱ppi+ geleden en zijn we vernederd, maar met de hulp van onze God vonden we de vrijmoedigheid* om jullie ondanks veel tegenstand* het goede nieuws van God te vertellen.+ (1 Thessalonicenzen 2:2)

Zelfs als we in een land wonen waar de regering geen mensen heeft die over Jehovah praten, zullen we moeten nadenken over de eerste christenen en hun vervolging.
Aan het begin van de uitbreiding van de beweging van volgelingen van Christus droegen die ware christenen de gevolgen van hun geloof. In de eerste eeuwen nadat Christus was gestorven, verwachtten zijn volgelingen vervolgd te worden.

Ware christenen verwachten vervolgd te worden. Waar we ook wonen, kunnen wereldlijke autoriteiten ons plotseling en onverwachts verbieden onze liefdevolle God, Jehovah, te aanbidden. Als een regering onze aanbidding verbiedt, zouden we ten onrechte kunnen concluderen dat we Gods zegen niet hebben. Maar bedenk dat vervolging niet betekent dat Jehovah ongelukkig met ons is. Neem bijvoorbeeld de apostel Paulus. Hij had beslist Gods goedkeuring. Hij had het voorrecht veertien brieven uit de christelijke Griekse Geschriften te schrijven, en hij was een apostel voor de natiën. Toch werd hij geconfronteerd met hevige vervolging.

23 Zijn zij dienaren van Christus? Het klinkt alsof ik gek ben, maar ik nog meer: ik heb meer werk gedaan,+ heb vaker gevangengezeten,+ ben heel wat afgeranseld en ben vaak bijna dood geweest.+ 24 Vijf keer heb ik van de Joden 40 slagen min één gekregen,+ 25 drie keer kreeg ik stokslagen,+ één keer ben ik gestenigd,+ drie keer heb ik schipbreuk geleden,+ een dag en een nacht heb ik op volle zee rondgedreven. 26 Ik was altijd onderweg, bedreigd door rivieren, struikrovers, mijn eigen volksgenoten+ en heidenen,*+ in gevaar in de stad,+ in de woestijn, op zee en bij valse broeders. 27 Ik heb geploeterd en gezwoegd, vaak zonder slaap,+ met honger en dorst,+ vaak zonder iets te eten,+ koud en onvoldoende gekleed.* (2 Korinthiërs 11:23-27 )

We leren uit de ervaring van de apostel Paulus dat Jehovah toestaat dat Zijn trouwe dienstknechten vervolgd worden.

Jehovah is niet partijdig, Hij oordeelt niet naar uiterlijk en begunstigt mensen niet vanwege hun ras, nationaliteit, sociale status of welke externe factoren dan ook, en Hij is blij als Hij ziet dat we liefde voor anderen tonen, ongeacht hun achtergrond.

34 Toen nam Petrus het woord en zei: ‘Nu begrijp ik echt dat God niet partijdig is,+35 maar in elk volk is iedereen die ontzag voor hem heeft en het juiste doet, aanvaardbaar voor hem.+ (Handelingen 10:34, 35)

Uit liefde voor onze naasten dienen we bereid te zijn uit ons isolement te treden en over Jehovah te durven praten. We zouden onze angst voor de ander moeten beheersen en met hen durven praten als we door onze buurt stappen. We moeten weten dat we iets speciaals te bieden hebben. Degenen die naar ons luisteren, kunnen hun leven nu verbeteren en het vooruitzicht krijgen in de toekomst eeuwig leven te genieten.

16 Let constant op jezelf en je onderwijs.+ Blijf deze dingen doen, want zo zul je zowel jezelf redden als degenen die naar je luisteren.+ (1 Timotheüs 4:16)

Jehovah is een liefdevolle ouder, dus Hij wil dat Zijn gezin gelukkig is.

65 ‘Ik heb me laten zoeken door hen die niet naar me vroegen. Ik heb me laten vinden door hen die me niet zochten.

Ik zei: “Hier ben ik, hier ben ik!” tegen een volk dat mijn naam niet aanriep.+ (Jesaja 65:1)

14 Mijn dienaren zullen juichen vanwege de vreugde* in hun hart, maar jullie zullen het uitschreeuwen vanwege jullie hartenpijn en jullie zullen jammeren vanwege een gebroken geest. (Jesaja 65:14)

Zelfs als we slechts één dienaar van God zijn in afzondering, en het niet gemakkelijk hebben om ons verbonden te voelen met andere gelovigen, zouden we in ons hart blij moeten zijn dat we deel kunnen uitmaken van het lichaam van zijn zoon en deel kunnen uitmaken van zijn wijdverbreide gezin. Het is waar dat onze geest vaak gekwetst wordt en aanvoelt als een stuk kristalglas dat op de grond wordt gegooid, volledig in stukken gebroken. Onze moed kan vaak diep in onze schoenen zakken, maar we moeten hopen dat er ooit meer mensen om ons heen zullen zijn die met ons in contact willen komen. In de tussentijd moeten we ons niet laten vangen door depressieve stemmingen door ons eenzaam te voelen.

We moeten opkijken en streven om dichter bij Jehovah God als onze Onderhouder en Inspirator te komen.

Op God vertrouwend zullen we de moed moeten vinden om in onze eenzaamheid door te gaan en het pad voor te bereiden voor anderen die nog komen. Vertrouwen en geduld zijn wat ons op de been moet houden. Dit zou ons niet bang moeten maken om anderen uit te nodigen om bij ons te wonen in het huis van de hoogste God boven alle goden, al de dagen van ons leven, om de schoonheid van de Heer te aanschouwen en Hem te zoeken in Zijn tempel.

Eén ding vraag ik van Jehovah, iets wat ik heel graag wil: dat ik alle dagen van mijn leven in Jehovah’s huis mag wonen+ om de goedheid* van Jehovah te zien en met waardering* naar zijn tempel*+ te kijken. (Psalm 27:4)

We kunnen gelukkig blijven omdat we de vaste hoop hebben dat het leven in de toekomst nog beter zal worden. We weten dat Jehovah binnenkort alle goddelozen zal verwijderen en dat de aarde onder leiding van Zijn koninkrijk in het paradijs zal worden hersteld. We hebben ook de geweldige hoop dat degenen die zijn gestorven weer tot leven zullen worden gewekt en herenigd met hun dierbaren.

28 Verbaas je daar niet over, want de tijd komt dat alle mensen die in de herinneringsgraven zijn, zijn stem zullen horen+29 en tevoorschijn zullen komen — wie goede dingen hebben gedaan tot een opstanding voor leven en wie walgelijke dingen hebben gedaan tot een opstanding voor oordeel.+ (Johannes 5:28, 29)

Wat een vreugde zal dat zijn! En het allerbelangrijkste: we zijn er zeker van dat binnenkort iedereen in de hemel en op aarde onze liefdevolle Vader de eer, lof en toewijding zal geven die Hij verdient.

Dus laten we de moed vinden om ons verdriet van het alleen zijn te overwinnen. Jehovah God is altijd met ons, net als onze schaduw, en Hij is het die ons vleugels en kracht kan geven.

Ik zal voor altijd gast zijn in uw tent,+ ik zal bescherming zoeken onder uw veilige vleugels.+ (sela) (Psalm 61:4)

We voelen ons misschien in het duister, maar door ons geloof in de opstanding van Christus zou er licht in ons leven moeten schijnen. We moeten anderen laten weten dat hij de weg naar God is, het licht en het leven, maar ook degene die ons een grote hoop geeft. Laten we met onze hoop op een beter leven uit broederlijke liefde onze hoop met anderen delen. Degenen die naar ons luisteren, kunnen hun leven nu verbeteren en het vooruitzicht krijgen in de toekomst eeuwig leven te genieten.

16 Let constant op jezelf en je onderwijs.+ Blijf deze dingen doen, want zo zul je zowel jezelf redden als degenen die naar je luisteren.+ (1 Timotheüs 4:16)

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Voorgaande

Meerderheid protestantse kerken zit op zwart zaad

Onvolmaakte mensen die kunnen leren van Degene die onze Vader wil zijn

God liefhebben en Bekommeren om je medemensen

Christenen die het juiste hart hebben om anderen te roepen om naar God te komen

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Aanvullend

  1. Leeg en alleen
  2. Proef Eenzaamheid
  3. Eenzaamheid is van iedereen
  4. Eenzaamheid in een wereld van Communicatie
  5. Vermoeidheid van de ziel en geestelijke afzondering
  6. Praten over eenzaamheid
  7. Who’s to blame?
  8. Welkom:: Waarom sterren zoeken?
  9. Welke eenzaamheid is meer eenzaam dan wantrouwen?
  10. Nieuwe sociale etiquette
  11. Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 2 Hoe te vinden
  12. Gods vergeten Woord 2 Verloren Wetboek 1 Wie heeft nog belangstelling
  13. Gods vergeten Woord 15 Schepping 7 Vreze des Heren
  14. Verbindt u met de geloofwaardige Schepper
  15. Verbondenheid met de wereld
  16. Verschil in woordbetekenis doorheen de tijd 1 Liefhebben
  17. Verschil in woordbetekenis doorheen de tijd 2 Liefhebben en Geloven
  18. 2019-2020-2021 Twee seizoenen vol veranderingen #4 Medewerking
  19. Zuiverheid en verantwoordelijkheid van leden en leiders in een gemeenschap
  20. Voor een hechte band met Jehovah God
  21. Zelfs wanneer de wereld tegen jou is hebt geen vrees
  22. Verzoening en Broederschap 2 Uit de eigen cocon stappen
  23. Elkaar liefhebben met daden en in oprechtheid
  24. Bepaal de aandrijving
  25. Hoe leest u? – Wat leest u? “Heb de Heer, uw God, lief met heel uw hart en met heel uw verstand en met heel uw kracht
  26. Gods vergeten Woord 15 Schepping 7 Vreze des Heren
  27. Gods vergeten Woord 21 Intro: In de wereld maar niet van de wereld
  28. Woord zonder boeien vol van kracht
  29. God is positief
  30. Getroost worden door de Allerhoogste en zijn familie
  31. De nacht is ver gevorderd 24 Studie 4 Zorg voor de naaste
  32. Na 2020 jaar
  33. Bij beperktheid van plaats toch nog verkondigend
  34. Kunnen focussen in een hectische tijd
  35. De uitdagingen van het leven mogen u niet verlammen
  36. God is mijn toevlucht, mijn fort en sterkte, op Hem zal ik vertrouwen
  37. God te vertrouwen schuilplaats, veiligheid en geborgenheid
  38. Vertrouw de toekomst aan God toe
  39. Heb vertrouwen in je geloof … twijfel aan je twijfels
  40. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #4 Vergankelijkheid #3 Behaging in Volhouding
  41. Vrees hebben voor de juiste persoon
  42. Moed is angst die haar gebeden heeft gezegd
  43. Moed voor het dagelijkse leven
  44. Moed brult niet altijd
  45. Wees sterk en moedig
  46. Als u integriteit hebt
  47. Wanneer u een ware volger van Jezus wil zijn #4 Openbare prediking en Wederdopers
  48. Goed Nieuws brengen met en door voorbeeld
  49. Geloof delen
  50. Geloof dat stenen verplaatst
  51. Dagelijks helpen in het geloof
  52. Missionaire hermeneutiek 3/5
  53. Missionaire hermeneutiek 5/5
  54. Hermeneutiek om uit te dragen #8 Tegenspraak
  55. Hermeneutiek om uit te dragen #10 Verkondigen
  56. Betreffende het spirituele lichaam
  57. Gedachte voor vandaag “Geloof in moeilijke tijden” (14 januari)
  58. Hersteld Paradijs
  59. Paradijselijk Koninkrijk

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Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?

In the previous articles we could see how people are invited to become labourers for the Lord.

We are told in the parable given in Matthew 20 that the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house, who went out early in the morning to get workers into his vine-garden, and proposed rewards to them. We also looked at how this human landlord went out about the third hour, and saw others in the market-place doing nothing; and also called them to come to work for him, which they did. The same happened later in the day (about the sixth and the ninth hour and about the eleventh hour) .

When those who had come first to work, they had the idea that they would get more but looked surprised they, like the rest, were also given a denarius or penny. (Mt 20:10) For us, who live in the capitalist world it might sound very unjust that the ones who laboured longer got only the same reward as the ones who started later and laboured lesser hours. But we have not to look at it with our capitalist eyes. We should look at it from the point of view that as soon as people answer the call of God and come to follow His sent one, willing to work for Jesus, that it becomes important for them working together with those who were there already longer. Together they should go for the right goal and as a team should try to run the race together, making sure that everybody reaches the finish.

 

If one chooses for Jesus, one must dare to draw clear lines. It is not true to follow him but halfway or to adhere to a different Jesus than the one from the Bible. We must clearly choose the Jesus from the Holy Scriptures, whom God called His son. When choosing for Jesus one also does not have to be afraid to tell others that one is following that Biblical figure instead of the person certain churches made of him.

If you are willing to answer God’s call when things matter most it is important to keep to the Biblical teachings and not to fall for the many false human teachings or so called dogmas. Having been bought by a price we should honour that price. We should show full commitment to the one who offered himself for our sins. Jesus paid the ransom and asks us to follow him. As followers of Jesus we should keep to his teachings and keep to the task he has given, which means that we should go out into the world teaching and preaching like Jesus did.

As workers for Jesus and his heavenly Father we should not be afraid of the world and should show the world who we want to follow and for Whom we want to work. Many opportunities are there for workers for the Lord. Are you willing to step in or to stand up?

What if you were prompted to go out and share the gospel on the streets? Would you do it?
How about if you knew that God was preparing a person in need for you to meet and talk with, would you go and meet that person?
What if you felt that God was calling you to help a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbour in need. Would you do it?
What if you were told to stop your car and help a homeless man in need. Would you do it?

Do you want to belong to those who are recognised as the “doer“, willing to help others as if you are helping Christ?

“34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Mt 25:34-40 NIV)

“7 If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted towards your poor brother. 8 Rather be open-handed and freely lend him whatever he needs. 9 Be careful not to harbour this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for cancelling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will towards your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the LORD against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed towards your brothers and towards the poor and needy in your land.” (De 15:7-11 NIV)

“13  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Mt 5:13-16 NIV)

As a worker for God you can not stand in the shadow, you have to come out in the light.A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid and therefore you should show the world the city of Christ Jesus and be light of the world.

What if God needed you even when your life and your families lives could be at stake?
Would you still be God’s witness?

You could very well attempt to get out of the situation by denying Jesus or lie about your belief system. We hear that a lot, people not wanting to be clear by their name, just saying

“I am a Christian”

avoiding to tell that they are real followers of Jesus Christ and as such saying for example

“I am a follower of Jesus”

or saying

“I am a Jeshuaist”

making it very clear that you are a follower of the Nazarene Jewish master teacher Jeshua, Jesus Christ, who worshipped not himself but the Only One true God, the God of Abraham Who is One and not three.

Or would you dare to say?

“I am a witness for Jehovah”.

Saying so you would bring up a point of discussion or of clarification.

Avoiding to be clear of your standpoint willing to follow the real Jesus, the son of God, and not a three-godhead, makes you not wanting to be open and bringing yourself on a destructive path also. However, to go through the situation at hand in all faithfulness to God, is what He asks. What we do in persecution shows a lot about our true character and our belief in Christ, even when lives are at stake. So the question is, are you willing to die for Christ?

Now read what Jesus said about persecution and how these people are blessed for His sake below…

“10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt 5:10-12 NIV)

Shall you be willing to work for it, that you shall be one of the heirs or partakers of that Kingdom?

May every person that says that they are a believer, also obey Jesus and his heavenly Father and do like Jesus did, doing the Will of God and not holding fast on doing only their own will.

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Preceding

We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”

Matthew 20:1-7 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Kingdom and Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20:8-16 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Last, First; First, Last

Matthew 20:17-19 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Onward to Jerusalem!

Matthew 20:20-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: A Selfish Request Rejected

Matthew 20:24-28 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Authority Not the Way – Serve Others

Matthew 20:29-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Blind Men Pitied and Healed

Matthew 20 It is never too late

 

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Additional reading

Atonement and the race been bought

Even with a few gathering

All over the world there can be found serious Bible Students. But the big problem with them is that often they live in isolation or far away from each other.

It would be wrong to think there is no reason then to come together. Even when we are not with many at a certain place, there is good reason to meet with each other. We should always remember that we have to go out in the world to proclaim the coming Kingdom of God. We do need to witness for Jehovah and should be pleased that we can be inspired to do so by His Word.

Even if we are only with two, a gathering is valuable. when gathering we show our interest for the other as well as our love to share the loving kindness of our Lord. Together we can be carriers of a holy command, spreading the light of heaven. Gathering you give each other the opportunity to share thoughts and to grow by reading and discussing the Word of God together. That way you shall also much easier become doers of the word, like the master teacher required from his followers.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (Jas 1:22 NIV)

“24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (Jas 2:24-26 NIV)

We need to act and we need to show our love to others as well as our preparedness to form a group of believers in the hope of Christ. Let us therefore remember:

“13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” {Joel 2:32 }14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Ro 10:13-14 NIV)

“So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market-place day by day with those who happened to be there.” (Ac 17:17 NIV)

“Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation,” (Zep 2:1 NIV)

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:25 NIV)

Even when not with many we can help each other to grow in biblical knowledge and rely on it that Jesus shall be with us.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”” (Mt 18:20 NIV)

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Preceding

Matthew 18:1-6 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Children and Stumbling

Matthew 18:1-6 Reborn and pliable as a child

Matthew 18:7-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Danger of Stumbling-blocks

Matthew 18:12-14 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Searching for Lost Sheep

Matthew 18:15-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Three Steps to Gaining a Brother

Matthew 18:18-20 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Authority of Two or Three

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Additional reading

  1. 8 fears caused by the fear of Man
  2. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  3. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  4. Companionship
  5. Being in isolation #2 Looking at the word “Isolation”
  6. Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing
  7. Being in isolation #4 Man’s greediness, slackness, internet, friends and social contacts
  8. Being in isolation #8 Those isolating themselves and those being isolated by others

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