Daily Topic for June 21, 2006

Philippians 1:12
...what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.

Paul was in prison, but he was rejoicing because his imprisonment had resulted in the spread of the gospel. What a tremendous example for so many of us who vacillate between self-centeredness and sacrificial living! How many of us would rejoice that personal adversity had advanced God’s purposes among the nations?

Dear Lord, we pray that we may live so close to You that Your concerns become ours. May it not be said of us that we cared more for personal comfort than for those for whom You died. Help us to see with Your eyes.

Jews of New Zealand

Carl looked at Daniel with a puzzled look on his face. “Tell me Daniel, why do you never eat the snags (pork sausages) we have for the bar-be? And what is that big cracker you are eating?” A group of men from the New Zealand Varsity College were enjoying a backpacking trip through the Tongariro Desert of their country.  Daniel looked Carl in the eye and replied, “I’m Jewish. We do not eat pork. This ‘cracker’ is Matzoh. Since it is Passover I have brought it with me to commemorate the time our people took unleavened bread with them during their Exodus from slavery in Egypt. It is a time for us to remember and thank God for deliverance.” Carl and the others looked at each other and didn’t know what to say.

There are about 3,000 Jews in New Zealand. Many of them originally came from Russia. The majority live in Auckland and Wellington where there are Orthodox and Reformed synagogues and Jewish schools. There have been a few outbursts of persecution towards Jews in New Zealand. However, the majority of the Jews in New Zealand practice their religion and customs without even being noticed.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that more Christians will reach out to their Jewish neighbors in New Zealand.-PD

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