‘Lord, when did we see you hungry?

//‘Lord, when did we see you hungry?

Friday, November 6

We recommend ourselves as God’s ministers . . . by sleepless nights, by times without food.2 Cor. 6:4, 5.

As indicated by the experiences of the apostle Paul, our ministry may result in “sleepless nights” and “times without food.” These expressions paint a vivid picture of self-sacrifice and may well remind us of pioneers who give their ministry first place in life while supporting themselves financially. Consider, too, our devoted missionaries ‘who pour themselves out like a drink offering’ to serve people in foreign lands. What about our hardworking elders who miss meals or lose sleep to care for Jehovah’s sheep? We also have our older ones and those in poor health who do their best to attend Christian meetings and participate in the field service. Our hearts swell with appreciation when we think of all these self-sacrificing servants of God. Such efforts affect how others view our ministry.

COMMENTARY

Personally, I never knew a pioneer that involuntarily went without food. That is not to say that perhaps some have, but it would certainly be a rarity.

The apostle Paul certainly did though.

the apostle Paul at seaAnd because of the disrespect shown him by those in Corinth whom he dubbed the “superfine apostles,” Paul was compelled to boast of his credentials as a minister and apostle. Reminding them of his service record, the apostle wrote: “I have done more work, been imprisoned more often, suffered countless beatings, and experienced many near-deaths. Five times I received 40 strokes less one from the Jews, 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; 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, in labor and toil, in sleepless nights often, in hunger and thirst, frequently without food, in cold and lacking clothing.”

Now consider the Governing Body, which as an institution, is presumably modeled after the apostles. Obviously, there is no comparison though. None of the present Governing Body have been imprisoned. None of them could possibly be aware of being “in dangers among false brothers” since that would require them to acknowledge that false brothers exist in the organization. And certainly none of them are “in hunger or thirst …in cold and lacking clothing.”

However, Jesus said that the sheep and the goats will be judged based upon whether or not they attended to the needs of his spiritual brothers, who are imprisoned, hungry, sick and homeless.

How is that possible?

People tend to look to the future as a continuation of the present. Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception, excepting that we expect to live in a new system someday. But between this world and the next there is a great tumult, which is unexpected — at least insofar as its inevitable impact upon the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is concerned. It is destined to be.

The prophecy of Daniel foretold that during the time of the end a fierce-looking king will arise and not only bring the mighty ones to ruin, but the holy ones as well. The Watchtower claims this took place during World War Two, although they are skimpy on the details.

In truth, the time of the end has not begun. The fierce-looking king, undoubtedly corresponding to the eighth king of Revelation, has yet to bring the holy ones to ruin. That means that those who presently are well-fed may soon find themselves going hungry. Anointed Witnesses who have enjoyed the freedoms afforded to them by democracies like America and most nations in Europe and throughout the British Commonwealth, may find themselves imprisoned for being leading members of a destructive cult.

Czar Nicholas and family 1905The world can change very quickly. Look back at Russia. Before the First World War the sprawling nation was ruled by the Czar. Then there was the Bolshevik revolution and Czar Nicholaus and his whole family were slaughtered. Russia came under communist control. Religion was outlawed.

The world’s present political order is just as precarious as was Russia’s prior to 1917. The entirety of Europe and the Americas teeters on financial collapse. Concurrent with the impeding crash of money, the nations are drawing up sides in preparation for war — a war in which the major prospective participants all possess nuclear weaponry.

As soon as the missiles begin flying we may expect the present climate of relative freedom to disappear —probably overnight.

Then the judgment will begin.

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2016-12-08T15:11:00+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Commentary|1 Comment
  • Jonah Peter Paul

    Can’t comment on the commentary for the Nov 7th. It was creepy to
    say the least. I remember coming across those verses in Psalms while I
    was doing my Bible reading a couple of months ago. I told my husband
    right away look, look I think this is what is going to happen during the
    great tribulation when the holy place is desolated and the sanctuary is
    profaned. I was so happy to finally understand the parts of the Bible
    that I couldn’t make sense of before. The same can be said when I read
    some other smaller books like Joel, Amos, Zechariah and the others. So
    much thanks to you for all the hard work. We have known the true
    interpretations of most of the Bible prophecies through you and the
    things that are about to happen in the very near future for around two
    years now and yet whenever we read and realize whatever is going to
    happen, can’t help but freak out. It helps to know that I am not the
    only one who gets all emotional here or terrified about what is destined
    to occur. We are humans after all. I’m very dreaded specifically about
    my standing in heaven, my grade in Jehovah’s eyes, the treasures I’ve
    stored up in heaven (if there is any at all) cause if they are not
    enough, I know I’d be buried in rubble figuratively or literally when
    that time comes.

    Still can’t wrap my head around
    the truth. We’ve been anticipating the end to begin for quite some time
    now since we found out about it through your website. We’ve been
    preaching it almost to everyone we know and meet and yet I can’t boast
    that I am fully prepared mentally at least. Who can prepare fully
    anyway? Most of us are so used to civilization that the transition we
    need to undergo in the future in order to learn to cope and survive
    won’t come easy. We’re not Israelites who can walk forever in the
    wilderness. We travel through the comforts of our cars or public
    vehicles. We don’t live in tents nor ride animals. We are extremely
    civilized as compared to God’s people back then. It will be a difficult
    transition. I don’t know how I am going to cope if I ever live to see
    that day. But what more for most of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are so
    deluded as regards to the truth? They have no anticipation, no idea at
    all of what is about to occur. How will it affect them? Going back to
    one of your articles, entitled “Many Will Be Stumbled Will You Be?” You
    made an excellent point explaining that that one of the biggest factors
    that contributed to the stumbling was the apostles’ unfounded
    expectations- they didn’t have full understanding of what Jesus’ mission
    was or about the Kingdom that they were preaching about. If we, inspite
    of having all these foreknowledge, cannot actually be fully prepared
    nor can swear we wouldn’t panic or be frightened, well how about the
    millions of clueless witnesses? How will the react when things start
    falling apart?

    The bottom line is we want to thank you and thank Jehovah too for your articles. If we have not known of these, well I can safely assume that this household has a very slim chance of surviving. It is a great blessing to be informed. We may not still be 100% ready for what’s to come but it is better than not having any idea at all.

    Thank you brother Robert.

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