Daily Topic for December 15, 2008
What sad words! Those He loved did not welcome him who loved mankind so much. Today how easy it is to say, “The unreached peoples do not want us. Let’s go to someone who does.” It is also easy to become critical and discouraged when missionaries who are trying to show that they love the unreached peoples are not welcomed with open arms. Yet our missionary God did not wait for us to desire Him. He came incarnate in Jesus to reveal His love in a way we could understand, in a way that wooed us to Himself.
Pray that the Lord will plant in our hearts His love for lost peoples.
Of the 8,800,000 Jews living in Europe at the beginning of World War II, more than two-thirds were systematically murdered in the Holocaust. The majority of those were Ashkenazis. Ashkenaz is the Medieval Hebrew name for Germany, so the Jews of Ashkenazi descent are thought by some experts to be from Germany’s Rhineland communities. However, the term also refers to the Yiddish-speaking Jewish communities of Eastern Europe and Russia. According to a September, 2007 Wikipedia article found on the Internet, they now make up approximately 80 percent of Jews worldwide.
In Israel today the term Ashkenazi often applies to all Jews of European background. Though the Ashkenazi communities have traditionally spoken Yiddish, those who have settled in Israel now speak Hebrew. The Ashkenazi Jews have traditionally played a prominent role in the media, economy, and politics of Israel. They have a record of high occupational achievement, entering professions and fields of commerce where higher education is required.
The religious Ashkenazi Jews living in Israel are obliged to follow the authority of the Chief Rabbi. They do not regard themselves as having a choice. But God is giving them a choice. There are several Messianic Jewish ministries operating in Israel that want to share God’s plan of salvation with them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for God to open Ashkenazi hearts and minds to realize the joy of finding their long awaited Messiah in Jesus Christ.-MH