Daily Topic for July 11, 2007
God is no respecter of persons. First-century Jews believed that God wanted their own people to be saved, but they were much less sure about His concern for non-Jews. Surely many of the first-century Gentile Christians struggled with similar prejudices. Our natural tendency is to think that God loves us a bit more than people who are different from us.
Father, forgive our frequent self-centeredness. Lead us into sacrificial love for peoples who differ from ourselves. Give us love and grave for others.
Over 20,000 Jewish people fled from Palestine to Shanghai between 1933 and 1941. They joined other Jewish immigrants there. At that time, Jewish people owned riverfront property worth more money than comparable land on Fifth Avenue in New York. During their occupation in China, the Japanese, then in control, confined all Jewish people to Tilanquiao, a segment of Shanghai. They lived in poor conditions. When the war ended and the communists took control, nearly all Jewish people left Shanghai.
Today another generation of Jewish people has come to Shanghai to research their family history. They want to renew Tilanquiao, the former Jewish ghetto, and recall its history. Visitors can take a tour of Jewish heritage sites, including tenements now occupied by poor Chinese. China does not accept Judaism, but it is getting difficult to ignore. At least one rabbi leads worship in a synagogue that was once used as a mental hospital. Jewish people are finding their ancestors’ headstones built into building foundations or being used as washboards. Some are gathering memorabilia in hopes of starting a museum.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that some Jewish people who have received Jesus as Savior will go to Shanghai and evangelize those who are seeking historical roots. As a result of our prayers, may many place their trust in Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Pray that the eyes of their hearts will be opened to the Savior of all mankind.-AK