Daily Topic for December 06, 2007
The book of Job teaches us many lessons about the sovereignty of God, the drama of faith, and the role of suffering. But in the first chapter we also catch a revealing glimpse of a conversation between God and Satan, a glimpse that reminds us that a war rages in the heavenly realms for the souls of men and women. Behind the ebb and flow of human circumstances is the conflict between the Accuser of men and the Redeemer of men. In light of this spiritual battle, the Scriptures admonish us to put on the full armor of God and to “stand firm.” Job struggled to understand his circumstances, but he was able to affirm, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at last He will take His stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).
Lord, “take Your stand” among those 10,000 unreached peoples without a church in their midst.
The traditional image of the Bedouin is of a nomadic desert wanderer seeking the best land for pasturing his sheep and goats and moving his “gata,” a black tent made from woven goat hair, from place to place. And, this image is correct for one class of Bedouin known as the “true” Bedouin, but others who have embraced farming and building permanent homes are called “fellahin.” Although Israel’s Negev Desert, which borders Egypt, has both kinds of Bedouins, the fellahins predominate. Because land is so valuable, there is a constant struggle between the Israeli government and its Bedouin Israeli citizens.
The government has set up eight official townships for the Bedouins, but in reality they live in dozens more unrecognized towns. Israelis have found it nearly impossible to impose their kind of urban lifestyle upon the Bedouin peoples. The Negev Bedouins were never consulted in this resettlement plan, and their settling in “unrecognized” towns makes them, according to the Israelis, lawbreakers and criminals. The Israeli government destroys their homes and poisons their crops to force them to relocate.
Over 50 percent of the Bedouin population in Israel live in unrecognized villages - all of which lack any infrastructure. But life is equally disastrous for those living in recognized towns which evolve quickly into pockets of deprivation, unemployment and dependency.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for courageous workers to develop strategies for sharing Christ with these Negev Bedouins.-JS