Daily Topic for May 04, 2007
This verse is very similar to James 1:22, which states, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” Missionary conferences, mission weekends at churches, and mission emphasis weeks at Bible colleges are wonderful in raising awareness of missions. However, some Christians seem to think that if they attend these special meetings, they have fulfilled their duty. Not so! Each Christian needs to play some active part in the Great Commission, whether through giving, praying faithfully, going as missionaries themselves, or sending others.
Pray that the Father will make us doers of His Word, not hearers only.
Toledo, Spain is often associated with the infamous Inquisition where thousands of “heretics” were burned at the stake. What many do not realize is that the Inquisition also spread to the New World. In 1492 the Jews of Spain were exiled, and in 1497 the Jews of Portugal were forced to convert to Catholicism. Many of these “converts” made their way to the New World. Jews, along with Christian “heretics” were burned at the stake, and during that time more were killed in Mexico City than in Toledo!
Ironically, after World War II and the Holocaust, Mexico extended a warm welcome to Jewish immigrants. Jews in the U.S. helped financially to give many a new start. Today there are about 50,000 Jews in Mexico, mostly in Mexico City. They are financially comfortable and are a very close community, seldom intermarrying with Gentiles. A few of their leaders have been very instrumental in backing financial and educational support for the Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. In 1947, it was the Jews of Mexico who loaned the fledgling nation of Israel the money to buy its first airplanes and aviation fuel for defense.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for healing of the Jewish community which often associates “Christians” with death as evidenced in the Inquisition and the Holocaust. Pray for the small number of Messianic Mexican Jewish believers to be strong in their faith and successful in sharing it.-JS