Daily Topic for December 14, 2008
Here John applies Old Testament prophecy to Jesus. In Isaiah 42:6 we read, “I will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” Isaiah 60:1-2 declares, “Arise, shine, for your light has come…. darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you…. the nations shall come to your light.” The incarnation of Jesus was a burst of light that continues to radiate to the nations today.
Pray that we will stand on the truth of these prophecies for the sake of those peoples who still live in deep spiritual darkness.
Who are the Tat speaking peoples, and from where did they come? They believe themselves to be descended from Jews taken during the Assyrian captivity and displaced to the cities of the Medes, who spoke a dialect of Old Persian. The Tat language is based on Persian, just like Iran’s Farsi language. Interestingly enough, the Tat language is spoken today by Muslim and even Christian peoples, as well as Jewish ones.
There are about 100,000 Tat speaking Jews who lived in the Caucasus Mountains of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Today most of these people, also known as mountain Jews, have left the FSU. Many are still scattered in southern Russia’s mountainous Daghestan region and neighboring Azerbaijan and Georgia. Yet one fourth of them live in Brooklyn, New York, and about half now live in Israel.
To get the Bible translated into the Tat language would probably involve working with at least three alphabets and two dialects.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that these materials will be translated accurately and distributed widely to Jewish Tat speakers. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the many Jewish Tats who view their “Jewishness” as an ethnic identity but with no religious belief. Ask the Lord to open hearts for a willingness to view the JESUS Film, sharing Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah.-MH