Daily Topic for June 22, 2006
What a testimony, what an aspiration! The apostle Paul may have been thinking of Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man came ... to minister and to give His life a ransom for many.” In a way, a pioneer missionary gives his life as a ransom for the people to whom he is sent. His ambition is to bring the good news so that people yet in darkness can experience God’s salvation. What is your ambition? What is the surpassing goal of your life? Is it the same as Christ’s, or are you focused on lesser things?
Lord Jesus, give us a new vision of Yourself in all Your beauty and holiness. Fill us with a passion for Your glory in all the earth.
“Papa! Joshua has something to tell you.” The mother smiled, and gave her son a gentle shove towards his father. The three-year-old Jewish boy picked up a page of the Hebrew alphabet that he colored and started to recite, “Alef, Bet, Gii-mal,” and without stopping he was able to recite the entire Hebrew alphabet. His father was so excited that he picked him up and shouted, “Well done! You are learning well at day school.” He put the boy down and thought, “Thank God we live in Australia! We must have the best Jewish day schools in the world!”
Australia gave sanctuary to tens of thousands of Jews during WWII when they were being murdered in Germany and Eastern Europe. Today, Jews in Australia are well established. They have their own newspapers, radio programs, Orthodox groceries, athletic clubs and other establishments. Almost 75 percent are Orthodox and 25 percent are liberal. Tensions periodically occur between these Jewish groups. They strongly identify with their Jewish culture and are not open to Christian witness.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these Jewish people will not resist the fellowship and sharing of faith from Messianic Jewish believers and Christians. Pray that the Orthodox Jews will be open to dialogues with Christian scholars and not resist the Good News the Lord so desires to give them. Pray that Jewish believers in Australia will grow strong in reaching Jews in other parts of the South Pacific region.-PD