Daily Topic for January 27, 2007

"You praised the gods...which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and your ways."

King Belshazzar threw a great banquet and invited a thousand of his nobles. They drank wine together and praised the gods of gold and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote upon the wall. The king summoned all his wise men, but they could not interpret the writing. Daniel was then called, and he prophesied the king’s doom, telling Belshazzar that God would use the Medes and Persians to punish Belshazzar’s disregard for Yahweh. Many today worship and praise the “gods of stone.” Like Daniel, we are called to give testimony to the one true God and to call rulers to give account to their King.”

Father, grant us discernment and boldness as we bear witness to the fact that You alone are God.

Dan People of Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia

Like most of the peoples in West Africa, the Dan people love music, but they probably take it a step further than their neighbors. Like the other peoples, every event having to do with birth, marriage or death calls for music, but the Dan people even use music to celebrate the weather! The total number of Dan people is about 350,000, and their language is called Dan or Maude. Most of them live in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia.

During a wedding, the Dan people will spend lavishly to demonstrate their wealth, much of which comes from farming or hunting, though their real wealth comes from the rubber or diamond industries. These people value economic power above almost everything else.

The Dans believe that all creatures have a spirit soul that can be imparted into humans and animals from the Creator God. One of their practices involves what they call “dancing with the spirit” where the appointed person uses a mask to illustrate the spirit’s embodiment. Though the Dan people use music to celebrate the spirit world, they do not use it to worship the Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Pray that the light of the gospel will soon reach Dan souls.-CI

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