Daily Topic for May 19, 2007
Here Paul was again showing his concern for his own people group, the zealous Jews of his day. His heart yearned for them, and he spent time on his knees in prayer for their salvation. This was in addition to his willingness to accept their punishment for rejecting Christ (Romans 9:3)! We, as Paul, ought not let our zeal for the unreached peoples diminish our concern for the lost of our own people group. But our concern for our own people must not overshadow our zeal for the unreached peoples, either.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will give us His love for those around us and for unreached peoples.
“You ask why we Lubavitch Jews are so committed to our faith. I will tell you!” Rabbi Raskin was being asked some serious questions from an outsider. “We must uphold the holiness of our faith so the messiah will come soon. Our group was founded by the late Rebbe Schneerson, who came to New York in 1902. He belonged to the Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch group. In Hebrew, Chabad means wisdom, and Lubavitch is the Russian town where the movement was started. During his 43-year term he pioneered a system of emissaries, charged with going out into the world to open Chabad centers, spreading knowledge of the Torah and Judaism. Some feared that the Lubavitch movement would dwindle after the rebbe’s death in 1994. But today there are more than 3,000 centers in 70 countries-nearly half of them founded after Schneerson’s death.”
There are now over 40,000 followers of the Lubavitch movement in Brooklyn, New York. The movement has caused enormous controversy among other Jewish groups who feel it is cult-like in its orthodox restrictions. Most Lubavitch Jews are closed to outsiders.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will bring sensitive Messianic Jews respectful of their Jewish heritage to speak of the power of the true Messiah, so the Lubavitch Jews can truly rejoice in knowing the truth and receiving salvation.-PD