Daily Topic for December 02, 2007

2 Chr. 6:32-33
"Concerning the foreigner when he comes from a far country for Thy great Name's sake...then hear Thou from heaven...and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to Thee, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Thy Name and fear Thee"

In this prayer Solomon’s great wisdom from the Lord is revealed. He knew that when foreigners come to a saving knowledge of the Lord in countries other than their own, they can become effective ambassadors for Yahweh when they return to their homelands. Visitors take notice when they see how the living God transforms a community that acknowledges Him as Lord. Are we alert to those who come to our country and community as students, businessmen, and tourists?

Lord, help us to reach out in love with Your Good News to the foreigners in our midst.

Orthodox Jewish People in America

(Continued from yesterday) “Not until a few years later, while attending summer camp in Wisconsin, did I [Bob Mendelsohn] make a personal decision to ‘carry’ the Law in my life even as I had carried that Torah scroll at my bar mitzvah. I purposed then to follow the ordinances of Moses and to observe all the orthodox traditions. I wanted to cease from sin and live the life of the Torah. What an impossible task! I returned home to Kansas City, really intending to fulfill my new commitments. But hard as I tried, I couldn’t rest in any of my accomplishments. There was always something not yet obeyed, something more to do.

“Six years after my bar mitzvah, I read in the Scriptures of a 12-year-old boy who stood in the Temple at Jerusalem and was examined by the religious leaders of His day. Many Bible scholars interpret this event as a bar mitzvah experience, pointing out that the boy had not yet attained the age of religious maturity; still, of his own accord, he joined the teachers of the law in great discourse. That is, he sought their authoritative acknowledgement of his awareness of religious responsibility. And evidently he received that acknowledgement, because the Scriptures record that all those who heard Y’shua were amazed at his wisdom.”-AL

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Pray that Jewish boys today will recognize their responsibility to share God’s eternal Word with the peoples who surround Israel. (Continued tomorrow)

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