Daily Topic for December 07, 2007

Ps. 1:3
"He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season"

The man or woman of God, meditating on God’s Word, yields fruit according to God’s timing. “Whatever he does prospers.” Jesus told His disciples in the intimacy of the upper room, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit -fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name” (John 15:16). “Fruit” refers both to inner character and holiness-the fruit of the Spirit-and to the life that reproduces itself in others. Jesus calls us to bear fruit in a hurting world.

Lord, work out the fruit of Your Spirit in our lives, and use us to bring many others to the obedience of faith.

Muslim Azazma Bedouins of Israel and Egypt

“In Egypt, they started saying that we are Jews because we worked for the army ages ago,” said an Azazma Bedouin man. Crouched with his arms wrapped around his shins, he continued to tell his story. In 1999, 600 Azazma Bedouins walked across a fenceless border from Egypt to Israel, deciding life in Egypt had grown too perilous because of conflicts with other Bedouin tribes. They decided to join other members of their tribe already living in and enjoying Israeli citizenship. “There is no law in Egypt,” he continued. “Here at least they will be straight with us. This is the best treatment we have ever had,” he concluded.

Ironically, most of the press related to the Bedouin problem in Israel concentrates on Jewish discrimination against Bedouins and ignores the context of the situation. Seldom do news report comment on the serious problems facing Egypt and Jordan as well with their Bedouin communities, and indeed conditions are often worse for Bedouins in Arab countries. Despite the difficulties experienced by many Bedouins, Israel is sometimes making efforts to address the needs of this population.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the Azazma Bedouins will soon know their Savior, who has an eternal home for them where they can be welcomed forever, if they put their trust in Him.-JS

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