Daily Topic for December 09, 2008

Luke 2:1
"In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world."

Little did Caesar know that in terms of redemptive history it was now “the fullness of time.” (Gal. 4:4) Within the next few short decades the world would be turned upside down by the impact of one little baby born at the time of this royal decree. At that time many people would have considered him just another baby boy whose potential contribution to the world was actually diminished because He was a Jew. But this was to be a “man for all peoples.” The impact of His birth would be felt in the halls of Caesar’s palace and eventually among every people within the Roman world.

Praise the Lord for sending His Son to impact every nation, even the ones that seem too powerful to allow for “outside” influence.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of Israel

Not all Jewish people are equal. At least that is the viewpoint of many Orthodox Jews. Broadly speaking, Judaism falls into three main categories: Reformed, Conservative and Orthodox. Heredi Judaism is theologically the most traditional form of Orthodox Judaism. For this reason it is also referred to as Ultra-Orthodox. Orthodox Jews number about 15 percent, and Ultra-Orthodox are 10 percent of the population.

However, it is this small Ultra-Orthodox group that claims the headlines. They have demanded segregated buses for men and women, and have boycotted El AL, Israel’s national airline, when it decided to schedule flights on the Sabbath to clear a backlog of passengers. The Ultra-Orthodox are increasingly provoking outrage as their severe interpretation of religious law permeates Israeli society. The Heredi Jews, also called Hasidic Jews, perceive themselves as true protectors of the country’s Jewish nature. Studying the Talmud, the first five books of the Bible, consumes most of the day for Hasidic scholars. They consider that their belief system and practices extend in an unbroken chain back to Moses and the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. However, some Messianic congregations report that a growing number of Orthodox Jews are accepting Jesus as the Messiah.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that they will see that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures that they have hid in their hearts.-JS

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