Daily Topic for February 06, 2007

Ob. 1:1
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says.... An envoy was sent to the nations to say, 'Rise, and let us go against her for battle'"

In this short but sobering prophecy the Sovereign Lord reveals the imminent destruction of Edom. Her pride, violence, and indifference to Israel’s misfortunes led God to bring judgment through defeat by other nations. Why was God so severe? Because Edom had exalted herself, saying, “Who can bring me down to the ground?” But God will not share His glory with another, and today, as then, He will act in such a way that all may recognize that “the kingdom is the Lord’s (21).”

Lord, reveal Your righteousness through us to all the kingdoms of the earth.

Shamanistic Yakut People of Russia

You know that Siberia is big, but did you know that about one-third of this huge region is what we call Yakutia, or the land of the Yakut people? Between winter and summer camps the Yakut people move to widely scattered settlements. The predominant type of dwelling is a square structure with a pyramidal roof. The hearth is the central area of the Yakut dwelling, because fire is religiously important to them.

From what we know, most of the Yakut people are ignorant of Jehovah of the Old Testament or Jesus Christ in the New Testament. What the vast majority of them know is Shamanism. This involves the worship of a spirit common to mankind. The shaman directs their worship, not for eternal life or righteousness, but rather for practical things like curing sickness and to prevent catastrophes.

Most Yakuts have monogamous marriages, but rich men tend to have several wives. Unlike some peoples in this region, the nuclear family is the primary social unit. Though there are believers taking the Name of Jesus to the Yakut people, they need the gospel nearly everywhere in their spread out homeland.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send His workers to take the gospel to every creature in Yakutia.-CI

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