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Then said I, Lo, I am come; in the roll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart. - Ps. 40:7, 8, AS.
What led up to Jesus' dedication? Knowledge concerning God, love for his heavenly Father and earnest desire to forward the cause of pure worship for advancing Jehovah's purposes to the vindication of his name. But why did not Jesus simply go about his work, putting his hand to it and doing what he could in furtherance of his ministry? Why should he dedicate himself? For the reason that doing God's will, carrying on his worship, is no casual affair. It is not something that is all right if you do it and all right if you do not. Dedication to Jehovah calls for special solemnities, the making of a contract, a formal agreement which, when evidenced, gives notice to all concerned and all observing as to what to expect from the individual henceforth. It calls for punctiliousness, orderliness. W 6/15 7a
Monasticism is a common practice in all the major religions of the world. Life as a monk is not for everyone, and believers who want to follow such a path have a series of strict rules to follow, set by the Church. Many believe that people who become monks will surely be saved because they make great sacrifices to be ...