Daily Topic for February 17, 2007
How disturbing to these Jews that a man from Nazareth with Galilean disciples would present Himself as the Messiah! Wasn’t the Messiah to come from Jerusalem? This egotism and self-centeredness had been the shame of God’s people throughout Old Testament history. It destroyed their testimony and witness among the surrounding nations. But Jesus’ coming forcefully challenged the Jews’ ethnocentric attitudes and expectations.
Lord, in trembling we ask You to transform the parts of our lives that limit Your work in us. Transform us so there are no barriers in our hearts to Your purposes for the nations.
“We Georgian Jews have one of the oldest surviving Diaspora Jewish communities in the world.” Yakov was talking with his grandson. “I have heard it from our greatest rabbinic scholars that we go all the way back to the powerful Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. After he conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C., many Jews migrated all the way to here.”
The Georgian Jewish population has decreased from 100,000 to about 8,000. Most of them left in the last 30 years and have migrated to Israel, the U.S. and Belgium. They have strong ties to Israel and have always been well received there. Their interfaith and government relations are good in Georgia. At present, anti-Semitism has not been a serious problem in their homeland. The distinction between the Ashkenazi and indigenous Jews often extends into religious and communal organizations, though relations are quite warm. Most Jews live in the capital, Tbilisi, and have an active community involving their own schools, newspapers, kosher markets, synagogues and radio programs. The majority of them are Orthodox and keep their history and traditions alive through museums and literature. Many Georgian Jews are scholars, doctors, businessmen and educators.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Messianic Jews in Israel and Christians in Georgia will lead Georgian Jews to know God through His fulfilled prophecies found in Yeshua (Jesus).-PD