2010 Theocratic Ministry School
Week of January 11
Bible Reading: Joshua 21-24No. 1: Joshua 24:1-13No. 2: Is God Uncaring and Hard-Hearted?No. 3: Does the Bible Say That the Soul Survivesthe Death of the Body? (rs p. 169 ¶1-5)
No. 1: Joshua 24:1-13
And Joshua proceeded to assemble all the tribes of Israel together at She′chem and to call the older men of Israel and its heads and its judges and its officers, andthey went taking their stand before the [true] God.
AndJoshua went on to say to all the people: “This is whatJehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘It was on the other side of the River that YOUR forefathers dwelt a longtime ago, Te′rah the father of Abraham and the father of Na′hor, and they used to serve other gods.
“‘In time Itook YOUR forefather Abraham from the other side of the River and had him walk through all the land of Ca′naan and made his seed many. So I gave him Isaac.
Then to Isaac I gave Jacob and E′sau. Later to E′sau Igave Mount Se′ir to take possession of it; and Jacoband his sons went down to Egypt.
Later on I sentMoses and Aaron, and I went plaguing Egypt with what Idid in its midst; and afterward I brought YOU out.
When I was bringing YOUR fathers out of Egypt andYOU came to the sea, then the Egyptians went chasingafter YOUR fathers with war chariots and cavalrymen tothe Red Sea.
And they began to cry out to Jehovah.So he placed a darkness between YOU and theEgyptians and brought the sea upon them and coveredthem, and YOUR eyes got to see what I did in Egypt;and YOU took up dwelling in the wilderness many days.
“‘Eventually I brought YOU to the land of the Am′or·iteswho were dwelling on the other side of the Jordan, andthey went fighting against YOU. At that I gave them intoYOUR hand that YOU might take possession of their land, and I annihilated them from before YOU.
ThenBa′lak the son of Zip′por, the king of Mo′ab, got up andwent fighting against Israel. So he sent and summonedBa′laam the son of Be′or to call down evil upon YOU.
And I did not want to listen to Ba′laam. Consequentlyhe blessed YOU repeatedly. Thus I delivered YOU outof his hand.
“‘Then YOU went crossing the Jordan andcame to Jer′i·cho. And the landowners of Jer′i·cho, theAm′or·ites and the Per′iz·zites and the Ca′naan·ites andthe Hit′tites and the Gir′ga·shites, the Hi′vites and theJeb′u·sites began fighting against YOU; but I gave theminto YOUR hand.
So I sent the feeling of dejectionahead of YOU, and it gradually drove them out beforeYOU—two kings of the Am′or·ites—not with your swordand not with your bow.
Thus I gave YOU a land for which YOU had not toiled and cities that YOU had notbuilt, and YOU took up dwelling in them. Vineyards andolive groves that YOU did not plant are what YOU areeating.’
No. 2: Is God Uncaring and Hard-Hearted? No. 3: Does the Bible Say That the Soul Survives theDeath of the Body? (rs p. 169 ¶1-5)Does
Eccl. 9:5, 10: “The living are conscious that they willdie; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing atall . . . All that your hand finds to do, do with your verypower, for there is no work nor devising nor knowledgenor wisdom in Sheol,* the place to which you are going.”(If they are conscious of nothing, they obviously feel nopain.) (*“Sheol,”
“the world of the dead,”
)Ps. 146:4: “His spirit goes out, he goes back to hisground; in that day his thoughts* do perish.”(*“Thoughts,”
Does the Bible indicate that the soul survives thedeath of the body?
Ezek. 18:4: “The soul* that is sinning—it itself willdie.” (*“Soul,” KJ, Dy, RS, NE, Kx; “the man,” JB; “theperson,” TEV.)“The concept of ‘soul,’ meaning a purely spiritual,immaterial reality, separate from the ‘body,’ . . . does notexist in the Bible.”—La Parole de Dieu (Paris, 1960),Georges Auzou, professor of Sacred Scripture, RouenSeminary, France, p. 128.“Although the Hebrew word
[in the HebrewScriptures] is frequently translated as ‘soul,’ it would beinaccurate to read into it a Greek meaning.
. . . isnever conceived of as operating separately from thebody. In the New Testament the Greek word
isoften translated as ‘soul’ but again should not be readilyunderstood to have the meaning the word had for theGreek philosophers. It usually means ‘life,’ or ‘vitality,’or, at times, ‘the self.’”—The Encyclopedia Americana(1977), Vol. 25, p. 236.
Week of January 18