Daily Topic for January 30, 2008
Daniel was given a glimpse of the end times, and in particular, as seen in these verses, of the Great White Throne judgment seat. (See also Revelation 20:11-15.) The dead will then stand before the Father’s throne and be judged according to what they have done. What an awesome vision for Daniel to behold! As he continued to watch, the Son of Man was led into the Father’s presence and “was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him” (7:14). How glorious and how comforting! God has not given us an impossible commission. It will be accomplished as we yield ourselves to Him.
Lord, we thank You for this glimpse of the future. Hasten the day, when through us, some from every nation will sing Your praises.
There are giants in the land! The Kanuri people of western Sudan are tall and dark, and their dignified presence suggests that these rulers of past conquests intend to keep a high status in Sudan. They are also the race of giants and the dominant group of Borno Province in northeastern Nigeria. Neighboring tribes have adopted the culture, language, and religion of this infamous people. This has resulted in the formation of many distinctive groups collectively known as the Kanuri peoples. Even so, the Kanuris, in attempting to expand their kingdom’s boundaries, have experienced centuries of internal strife. The battle of the borders continues to this day.
Most Kanuris are farmers, craftsmen, and merchants. Those who live in cities hold positions in politics and are religious leaders. They are primarily Muslim. Polygamy is a common practice among them, and eight out of ten marriages among the Kanuri people end in divorce. There are close to five million Kanuris, and of them, several thousand are believers in Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Kanuri believers will boldly share the gospel of hope with their families and neighbors. Ask God to raise up prayer teams, so that through intercession the ground-breaking will continue among these largely Sunni Muslim people.-JKW