Daily Topic for April 28, 2008

Acts 22:22
"The crowd listened to Paul until he said this."

Even when Paul mentioned Jesus and Stephen, they didn’t get angry. But when he declared that God had called him to go to the Gentiles, the mob exploded once again. Jesus had provoked the same reaction in the synagogue at Nazareth by affirming God’s love for foreigners. How easy it is to allow natural pride and prejudice to blind us to the inclusive grace of the Heavenly Father! Do we harbor resistance to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in countries at odds with our own?

Lord Jesus, find in us no obstacle to the fulfillment of Your plan, even among our “enemies.”

Jewish People in Switzerland

Fire gutted the Jewish synagogue in Geneva, Switzerland. The authorities suspected arson. There were no injuries, but in Switzerland, as in many other parts of Europe, Jewish people frequently suffer various forms of persecution.

Jews represent the oldest monotheistic religion, and they have been a significant influence in the history and culture of Europe. Major Jewish groups include the Yiddish speaking Ashkenazic Jews and the Judeo-Spanish speaking Sephardic Jews. Today the Jews represent over 17,000 members of the Swiss population, more than half of whom live in the German-speaking part of the country.

At one time Jews were banned by the Swiss from living in all but two of their villages. At the close of the 18th century, the 553 Jews in these towns represented almost the entire Jewish population of Switzerland. The right to settle freely was denied to Jews until 1874.

There was a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2001. People made accusations against the Jews in the context of the Middle East conflict and following the September 11 attacks in the U.S. Now the Swiss are making efforts in their schools to increase tolerance and fight racism. Local non-governmental organizations are instrumental in this attempt to bring peace.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask the Lord to give wisdom and favor to Christians ministering the gospel among God’s beloved Jewish communities in Switzerland.-JKW

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