Daily Topic for June 10, 2008

Galatians 3:14
"...in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus."

God’s covenant promise to Abraham was first that Abraham would be blessed, and then that he would be a blessing to “all the families of the earth.” This distribution of blessing has always been God’s intention. The Jewish nation often misunderstood God’s missionary purpose for them, mistaking His favor for favoritism. Israel sought to “hoard” instead of “herald” the blessing. Paul here emphasizes that God intends that ALL the families of the earth might experience the blessing promised to Abraham.

Lord, teach us to exercise faith like Abraham’s so that we might share Your blessings with all peoples.

Shan People of Myanmar

The gold colored Buddhist temples of the 3,400,000 Shan people are scattered throughout northern Myanmar. The Buddhist Shan have neither clans nor extended family lines. Their social culture is a hierarchy based on age, gender and wealth. They look down on their tribal neighbors like the Karen people, who are largely Christian. The Shan people covet political and commercial power in this ethnic Burmese-dominated country. Consequently they have raised up their own army. For years there have been chaotic armed conflicts between rival ethnic armies, as well as between drug-smuggling militias. Some people estimate that as much as 50 percent of the world’s illegal opium is produced in Shan state. For many years the Shan people have suffered under the unrestrained brutality of Myanmar’s military. Half a million Shan people have had to flee their homes, and one third of their children are orphans according to an October 27th, 2007 article in “BBC News.”

Only the gospel can bring both spiritual and national peace to a people living in so much turmoil. Christian workers are there. The JESUS Film is available, as are gospel recordings and Christian radio broadcasting. A Shan Bible, using modern day script has been published, but few are responding.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the Lord to put a hedge of protection around innocent Shan women and children. Pray that the Shan people may be loosed from the bonds of Buddhism to find freedom and salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.-MH

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