We come from hundreds of ethnic and language backgrounds, yet we are united by common goals. Above all, we want to honor Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things. We do our best to imitate Jesus Christ and are proud to be called Christians. Each of us regularly spends time helping people learn about the Bible and God’s Kingdom. Because we witness, or talk, about Jehovah God and his Kingdom, we are known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Some have been turned aside to follow Satan.—1 Tim. 5:15.
Satan’s aim is to get us to stop preaching the good news. (Rev. 12:17) To that end, he tries to get us to pursue activities that waste time or that cause division among us. Notice how Paul identifies Satan’s tactics at 1 Timothy 5:11-14. “Unoccupied, gadding about.” In this age of technology, it is easy to waste our time and that of others by, for example, forwarding nonessential or even fallacious e-mails. “Gossipers.” Harmful gossip may lead to slander, which often causes contention. (Prov. 26:20) Whether they realize it or not, malicious slanderers imitate Satan the Devil. “Meddlers in other people’s affairs.” It is not our right to tell others how to run their personal affairs. All such idle and troublesome behavior can distract us from the God-assigned work of Kingdom preaching. If we stop actively supporting Jehovah’s work, then we start following Satan. There is no middle ground.—Matt. 12:30.
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THE WATCHTOWER FEBRUARY 2013
WHAT WE LEARN FROM MOSES Who Was Moses?
What comes to mind when you hear the name Moses? Do you think of . . .
- the baby whose mother hid him in a basket in the Nile River?
- the boy who was raised in luxury in Egypt by the daughter of Pharaoh
—yet never forgot that he was an Israelite?
- the man who lived as a shepherd in Midian for 40 years?
- the man who had a conversation with Jehovah * in front of a burning bush?
- the man who stood up to the king of Egypt, boldly asking for the Israelites to be freed from slavery?
- the man who, at God’s direction, announced the Ten Plagues upon Egypt when its king defied the true God?
- the man who led the Israelites in a grand exodus from Egypt?
- the man who was used in the parting of the Red Sea?
- the man who gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments from God?
* Jehovah is the name of God as revealed in the Bible. (Psalms 83:18)
MOSES had all those experiences and more. No wonder this faithful man is highly respected by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike!
Without question, Moses was a prophet who showed “great awesomeness.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12) He allowed God to use him in a mighty way. Yet, Moses was an ordinary human. Just like the prophet Elijah, who appeared beside Moses in a vision during Jesus’ earthly ministry, Moses was a man “with feelings like ours.” (James 5:17; Matthew 17:1-9) Moses faced many of the same problems that we encounter, and he overcame them successfully.
Would you like to know how he did so? Consider three of the good qualities that Moses displayed and what we can learn from his example.
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