Daily Topic for October 29, 2007

Ruth 4:13-17
"So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.... And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David"

Through this woman of Moab, who was willing to leave her own people and become part of the people of God, the Lord brought a son who was the grandfather of the great King David and an ancestor in the line of Israel’s even greater king, the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Matthew’s gospel lists Ruth as one of three Gentile women (along with Tamar and Rahab) in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. God’s love for Gentiles, stated in the Abrahamic covenant, is beautifully displayed in this wonderful story.

Oh Lord, touch our hard, selfish hearts with Your wonderful love. Make us a blessing to the families of the earth so different from ourselves.

Teli People of India

How does a people group get a name? In the case of the Teli people, it is derived from teli (oil) because of their traditional occupation of operating oil presses. This work is being replaced by other types of employment. Nowadays, they are also employed in such areas as labor, trade, small business, and government service. Women are occupied in sewing and metal work. Child labor is common among the Telis, and their small wages are paid in cash. Poverty is a widespread plight for these Muslim people. 

The Telis are divided into the Teli and the Dhuniya Teli subgroups. The Telis consider themselves socially and occupationally superior to the Dhuniya, but the differences between the two are becoming less pronounced in today’s world.

Adult marriage is now the norm in their communities, and they find their mates through family negotiations. Polygamy and monogamy exist side by side in this culture. Divorce is allowed only for the man to initiate, usually upon the wife’s failure to meet his demands. They allow remarriage of widows, widowers, and divorcees. Children are their father’s liability.

Most Teli people are Muslims, belonging to the Sunni Deobandi sect. Hanafi Muslims are also among them, but there is no significant population of Christians.

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Pray that God’s people will begin befriending the Telis. Pray that miracles and works of God’s power will invade the lives of these impoverished people, leading them to Jesus.-JR

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