Daily Topic for May 20, 2008
Paul’s point here is that the path of faith is clearly open to both Jews and Gentiles. In a restatement of a major theme of the book-righteousness obtained by faith-Paul very clearly reveals God’s unlimited plan for all peoples. Note the absolute terms used. “No difference,” “Lord of all,” “all who call upon Him,” “everyone.” It wasn’t so long ago that some of our ancestors were what we call unreached peoples. But God in His sovereignty revealed Himself to them in Christ.
Father, we who know You commit ourselves again to making Your grace known to the world’s unreached peoples.
The story of the Memon people group began in 847 in the country now known as Pakistan, with 700 families who accepted Islam. Their Hindu neighbors made their disapproval obvious, and so began the centuries-long westward migration of the Memons-first to African countries and eventually to the U.S. and Canada. Groups of Memon families have settled along the east coast of the U.S., as well as in Minneapolis, Toronto, Montreal and as far west as Vancouver, Canada.
The Memons live in close-knit communities. Well-organized societies known as jamats oversee the activities and social welfare of the community. A jamat may be as small as a few hundred families or as large as a few thousand families.
Marriage to outsiders is frowned upon, and divorce is extremely rare. Parents sometimes arrange marriages through a matchmaker. Often a proposed marriage must be pre-approved by the jamat to ensure that the family is in good standing. It is not unusual for a family to spend its entire life savings on an elaborate wedding.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself to the Memons. Pray for the Holy Spirit to break through the jamats so that Memon communities will recognize Christ’s lordship. Pray that Memons will become members of God’s very own family, and that they will have joy that will lead other Memons to Him as well.-JWS