I do wonder if this daily text was intentionally placed after yesterday's text because the messaging is a little confusing. Yesterday the lesson was that we should not listen to the younger men--only to the wise counsel of the older men. But today the message is that young men are gifts from God to be trusted and honored. Given all the Watchtower's gaslighting of late, I wonder if it is a lame attempt to intentionally create cognitive dissonance in the minds of Jehovah's Witnesses. I wouldn't doubt it.The glory of young men is their strength.—Prov. 20:29.
A person who is humble and modest will focus, not on the inexperience of young ones, but on their strengths. He will view them, not as competitors, but as fellow workers. Older ones view younger ones as gifts from Jehovah for which they are grateful. As their energy decreases, older ones are thankful that those who have the strength of youth are willing and able to fill the need and serve the congregation. The Bible character Naomi is an excellent example of an older one who gratefully accepted help from a younger one. At first, Naomi urged her widowed daughter-in-law Ruth to return to her own people. However, when Ruth insisted on accompanying Naomi back to Bethlehem, she accepted Ruth’s loyal support. (Ruth 1:7, 8, 18) And what a blessing that was for both women! (Ruth 4:13-16) Humility will move older ones to follow Naomi’s example. w21.09 10-11 ¶9-11
As regards youth, with all its strength and energy, the Bible says that young men will stumble and fall. You've probably read it before, but here it is: "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, is a God for all eternity. He never tires out or grows weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the tired one and full might to those lacking strength. Boys will tire out and grow weary, and young men will stumble and fall, but those hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not tire out.” - Isaiah 40:28-31
The Watchtower frequently quotes this passage above and applies it to the present time. That is not to imply that God does not give power to the weary. He does. But in what way do young men stumble and fall? I thought the glory of young men was their strength?
The problem is, at least as far as the Watchtower's application is concerned, the prophecy is not talking about present, normal times. Beginning with the 40th chapter of Isaiah the book contains God's words to be spoken in the future, when Christ returns. Specifically, after the tribulation is cut short and the parousia begins. For example, Isaiah 40:3-4 says: "A voice of one calling out in the wilderness: “Clear up the way of Jehovah! Make a straight highway through the desert for our God. Let every valley be raised up, and every mountain and hill be made low. The rough ground must become level, and the rugged ground a valley plain."
In prophecy mountains symbolize institutions, be they governments, big business, religions or even the Watchtower. Obviously, in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange cut short by divine intervention, the system will be in a state of collapse. This is to prepare for Jehovah's grand entry onto the world's stage. The next verse states: "The glory of Jehovah will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.” How will the glory of Jehovah be revealed? In the form of the parousia of the Son of man---Jesus Christ who is coming in the glory of his Father. Luke 17:29,30 states: "But on the day that Lot went out of Sodʹom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on that day when the Son of man is revealed." How will all flesh see it? All flesh refers to those who see the secondary reflection of Jehovah's glory when the sons of God are revealed following the revelation of Christ to them.
Experiencing a global catastrophe that brings mankind face-to-face with extinction will clear the way for Jehovah. Everyone on earth will be made painfully aware of their transitory nature and helplessness. That is why the next passage in Isaiah says: "Listen! Someone is saying: “Call out!" Another asks: “What should I call out?” “All flesh is green grass. All their loyal love is like the blossom of the field. The green grass dries up, the blossom withers, because the breath of Jehovah blows upon it. Surely the people are but green grass. The green grass dries up, the blossom withers, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Notice verses 10-11, which confirm that the prophecy relates to the coming of Christ: "Look! The Sovereign Lord Jehovah will come with power, and his arm will rule for him. Look! His reward is with him, and the wage he pays is before him. Like a shepherd he will care for his flock. With his arm he will gather together the lambs, and in his bosom he will carry them. He will gently lead those nursing their young." In the last chapter of Revelation Jesus spoke of the reward being with him: "Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work." Also, Jesus, also called the fine shepherd, spoke of the final gathering of the chosen ones from the four corners of the earth.
So, how does this tie in with young men stumbling and falling while those hoping in Jehovah rise up and soar as if with the wings of an eagle? The book of Joel speaks of a final outpouring of God's spirit upon not only the sons and daughters of God but also on the menservants and maidservants. In other words the chosen and the great crowd. During that concluding period, marked by blood and fire and columns of smoke (think mushroom clouds) the chosen will be brought before governors and kings with a special message. God will empower them like he did Elijah when he ran faster than Ahab's chariot.
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