Daily Topic for September 19, 2008
Two chapters after Abraham is called to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth, we have this account of Abraham’s interaction with the Amorities. By this time Abraham had become a trusted friend of this people group, and his influence appears to have been strong. When God spoke of the future demise of Caananite society to Abraham, He said it would not take place for 400 years because “the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure” (Gen. 15:18). It seems that Abraham’s presence as “salt and light” served as a preserving agent for righteousness among this group. Today, we are called to do the same; to find an unreached people group, settle among them, and become influencers for the Kingdom.
Pray that every unreached people might have ambassadors of Christ living among them.
“Ratna, today you are a woman. As soon as we finish preparing your dowry, you will marry.” The 13-year-old girl knew the negotiations were final, and that she would soon participate in elaborate marriage rituals performed by a “holy man” from the nearby village. Then she would move in with her husband’s family. She would wear conch shell bangles and put vermilion in the part of her hair to show that she is a married woman. Ratna accepts her fate of an early marriage without question. She will spend the rest of her life caring for children, cooking rice and making baskets from reeds. There is no thought of schooling, and she is illiterate like the other 96 percent of females in the Bind culture.
Ratna’s Bind family lives in West Bengal. They practice the Hindu religion and worship family deities as well as traditional Hindu gods. Their people group is among the most unreached. They have no idea that Jesus loves them and has provided for all their spiritual needs.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask God to prepare their hearts even now for the day when the Bind people hear the gospel. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move miraculously in West Bengal where few people have the eternal hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus. Pray that the Bind people will learn about Christ, and embrace Him alone.-AK