Daily Topic for October 06, 2006

Josh. 4:23-24
"For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan...that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God"

God’s miracles are always “pointers.” In this case, stones were piled up on the banks of the Jordan River as a reminder to the nation of Israel-and to the world-of God’s miracle. God preserved the nation by allowing them to cross over the river on dry ground. To what did the miracle itself point? To the powerful hand of the Lord. For whom was the miracle intended? For all the peoples of the earth! The miracles God does for His people are not solely for their benefit.

Heavenly Father, it is good for us to remember all the special things You have done for us. Make our lives examples of Your grace, goodness, and love for all nations.

-Zoroastrians of Iran

The Zoroastrian youth bowed repeatedly to the bowl of fire on the altar in the temple. Some of them had just returned from a pilgrimage to one of the Zoroastrian holy mountains in Iran. Others had come from India. But they felt no peace within their hearts. Many of them sensed something was missing.

The Zoroastrian religion was founded by a Persian prophet named Zoroaster, who lived at least 1,000 years before Christ. Along with Judaism, this religion is one of the first faiths to recognize that there is but one God. Zoroaster taught that Earth was a battleground for two gods, one good and the other evil. He taught that by doing good works people could align themselves with the good god, Ahura Mazda, and go to heaven. Zoroaster believed fire was a symbol of Ahura Mazda and incorporated fire into their worship. He believed fire symbolized the purifying effect of believing in Ahura Mazda.

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Pray that God would open the spiritual eyes of Iran’s Zoroastrians so they can see Jesus, the Savior of the World. May God open doors for faithful workers to reach out to this people group in Iran. Pray that God will raise up the right people to go as His ambassadors to the Zoroastrians in Iran and elsewhere.-WK

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