Daily Topic for February 11, 2007

Hab. 2:14
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea"

Habakkuk eventually understood that God wanted all the peoples, all the nations, to see and understand His authority. God parted the sea, not because He was angry, but because He wanted those who didn’t know Him to see His salvation and turn to Him. His chastisement of Israel was partially intended to show the nations the awesome power with which He would later come to redeem her. No matter what the situation in the world may be today, our future is glorious! Our responsibility in this great drama of life is to willingly bear witness of His glory to every nation!

Lord, how we long for the day when Your glory will fill the earth!

Lezgin people of Dagestan, Russia

Is language intertwined with religion and nationality? You might think so if you consider the Lezgin people of Dagestan in southern Russia. They live in the lofty, rugged Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. They have been influenced by their association with the neighboring Azerbaijani people, and are bilingual in their spoken languages of Lezgin and Azerbaijani. They were converted to Islam centuries ago, so their written language reflects Arabic and Persian influences.

Early in the Soviet Era, the Russians tried to steer their written language in a direction that fit Russian needs. Soviet leaders attempted to create a Lezgin written language by first changing their writing system from Arabic to Latin in the 1920s, and in 1938, from Latin to Cyrillic, the script of the Russian language. Russia also tried to replace all the Arabic and Persian words in the Lezgins’ written language with their Russian equivalents hoping to “Russify” this ethnic group. Their efforts only strengthened the determination of these Sunni Muslims to retain a strong Lezgin unity by having their language written in their own way, not a way imposed by outsiders.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will raise up spiritual linguists to translate the Bible into Lezgin, and develop Christian broadcasts and the JESUS Film for Lezgins. Pray that they will embrace Jesus as the One who came to bless them with abundant life.-MC

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