Daily Topic for March 10, 2007
Wherever you are in your walk with Christ and in your commitment to the cause of proclaiming Him among the nations, carefully consider this parable. What kind of soil are you? You have read of God’s concern for the nations; is this word bouncing off you like the seed bounced off the road? Are you rocky soil, becoming excited about missions only once a year at a missionary conference? Will your present commitment to mission be choked by the pleasures and riches of which Jesus spoke? Or will you let your vision grow and multiply as you share it with other Christians, and will you reproduce your life by giving it away for the sake of others?
Father, find us to be “good soil” in which the “seed” of Your Word produces much fruit for Your glory.
It is a terrible thing to be hated, to be persecuted, and to be killed-all because of your ethnicity. This has been the case for the Jews for 3,000 years. Persecution and discrimination against them have been the historical reasons for the Jews’ migrations and settlements around the world. As a result of the Holocaust and the extermination of six million Jews, thousands of Jewish survivors and their descendents have emigrated from eastern Europe to Israel, the United States or western Europe.
About 1,600 Jews live in Oslo, Norway. About half of them are very active in the Jewish religious community there. Last summer saw repeated acts of persecution against their “Mosaic Religious Community” synagogue. Threats and repeated acts of vandalism culminated in gunshots being fired at the synagogue last September.
Religious intolerance is not new to the Norwegian Jews nor their counterparts elsewhere. They need Christians to reach out in love to them. However, with Norway’s decline in church attendance (down to 5.2 percent according to Midnight Call), there are not many true believers to embrace them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth loving Christians to work in this Jewish community. Pray that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to the Jews, even through dreams, visions and through His prophets. Pray that God will grant Jewish believers in Christ favor as they share their faith with their own community.-JS