Daily Topic for April 04, 2007
Peter’s first sermon, after the empowering of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, was based on Joel 2:28-32. According to Peter, this outpouring of the Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy-that the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all people. He follows his reference to Joel’s passage with a provocative conclusion: “then everyone (whether Jew or Gentile) who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”
Gracious God, we give You praise that Your Spirit has continued to move throughout the earth since Pentecost. Fill us afresh with power that we might call Jews and Gentiles to saving faith in Jesus.
“I had a good business in Buenos Aires, but when the economy broke we lost everything! I was so desperate to feed my family that I would rummage around neighborhoods in search of empty cans to turn in for the deposit money. Today we are very thankful to be living in Israel. I have work. My wife and three kids are happy and doing well. God has been good to us.” Daniel, an Argentinean Jew, was expressing his gratitude to a worker from a Jewish agency located in Haifa, Israel.
Argentina has the largest population of Jews in South America, about 235,000. Because of the severe economic crisis in Argentina combined with the increased pressure of anti-Semitic demonstrations (including attacks from the Hezbollah terrorist group) many Jews are leaving. Israel provides $25,000 per family to help them relocate in Israel. They also receive housing, jobs, education and classes in Hebrew to help them assimilate into their new country. Because they have been active in all sectors of Argentina’s society, their exodus has caused the country to feel hardship. Mixed marriages have also affected the Jewish population; over 45 percent of Argentina’s Jews marry outside of their culture.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these Jews will be more open to friendship with the growing Messianic fellowship in Israel.-PD