1. How is the Governing Body like the Jewish religious leaders at Jesus' birth when the wise men from the east told them they had come to worship Jesus?
Matt 2:1-11 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod , wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.
“In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the leaders of Judah:
because out of you will come a leader
who will shepherd My people Israel. ”
Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to thier knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
3. Did the star lead the wise men to Jerusalem and Herod as the Live Forever book claims? Read the account in Matthew chapter 2
4. Did Joseph and Mary have very much money or material posessions? Think and read about Jewish Law regarding birth and purification:
Lev 12:1-4 The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: When a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a male child, she will be unclean seven days, as she is during the days of her menstrual impurity. The flesh of his foreskin must be circumcised on the eighth day. She will continue in purification from her bleeding for 33 days. She must not touch any holy thing or go into the sanctuary until completing her days of purification.Lev 12:8 But if she doesn’t have sufficient means for a sheep, she may take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Then the priest will make atonement on her behalf, and she will be clean.”
Luke 2:21-24 When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named JESUS—the name given by the angel before He was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord ) and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons
5. How were Joseph and Mary able to finance their trip to and from Egypt which involved many months or even a couple of years if they were so poor they couldn't provide a sheep as a purification sacrifice?
For some reason I never received any answers from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society when they were asked the same questions.
Is there any active Jehovah's Witness that is willing to respond?