Daily Topic for January 18, 2008

Dan. 1:2
"And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia."

Tragedy strikes. The chosen nation goes into exile. But in Daniel we also see something exciting happening. Throughout this short book, which contains so many exciting stories and strange prophecies, one message is trumpeted loudly and clearly: God is still on the throne! Five times in succeeding chapters the power of God is displayed in causing the most powerful leader in the world to acknowledge Yahweh’s sovereignty in the affairs of men and nations. God’s intention here is that all men learn to recognize that although the heathen rage, and though the kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord and His anointed, He still reigns triumphant.

Lord, teach us to see Your sovereign hand behind the affairs of men and nations. We rest in Your power.

Muslim Habbania/Baggara People

Provoked by an attack on the military by civilians, Habbania militia members assaulted civilians in late 2006. The militia members wore uniforms similar to those worn by government officials, and witnesses identified leaders as having ties to the Sudan Armed Forces. They attacked several villages and killed hundreds with heavy artillery.

The Habbania people also go by the name Baggara, which associates them with cows. The Baggara are a cluster of people groups. Each of the Baggara peoples make their living as nomadic cattle herders, living where the weather prevents them from raising camels like their Arab neighbors to the north. The Baggara peoples depend on their cattle for survival, with a few crops that add to their meager provisions. They are polygamous, and often one family lives in a pastoral camp while the other wife and children live in a farming village.

The Baggaras came to western Sudan in the 12th century and are of Arab descent. They are nearly all Muslim, with traces of Animism. It will take persistent, fervent prayer to penetrate their hearts with the gospel of love and peace.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will show His power to the Habbania people. Pray for believers to reach out and envelop the Habbania people with Christ’s love. May peace penetrate their lives. Ask God to strengthen and protect the few who have turned to Christ.-AK

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