Daily Topic for December 18, 2008

Is. 11:2
"And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him."

Although the missionary “Word” of God occupies a central position in the Christmas story, the missionary “Spirit” of God is at work as well. Just as the Spirit worked to bring the Word into the world, so that same Spirit later worked to reveal the Word to the representative nations gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Like a mighty wind the Spirit calls forth and accompanies those who will take His Word to each of the unreached peoples of the earth.

Pray that the Spirit of the living God will fall afresh on us, fill us with power, and stir us to action.

Turkish Jews in Israel

Surprising as it may sound, there is a Jewish community that moved from Spain to Turkey to Israel! During the Turkish-based Ottoman Empire, Sephardic Jews fled from “Christian” Spain to seek refuge under the more tolerant Muslim Ottomans. Turkey retains that tolerance today.

Differing from most other Muslim countries, Turkey has peaceful relations with Israel. The stable relationship between these two nations has made immigration easy for Jewish people in Turkey who want to make their way to Israel. In Turkey, Jewish people are free to come and go as they please. Dual citizenship was granted in 1981 as an option for Jewish Turkish citizens who wanted to move to Israel without forfeiting their rights in Turkey. Today there are at least 100,000 “Turkish” Jews living in Israel.

Turkish Jews are accepted in Israel, and they are sure to identify themselves as Sephardic (Spanish) Jews, like their prestigious ancestors who once fled Spain. These Jewish people have adapted very will to Israeli life.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for these Jewish people to see the glory of God and His protection in their lives. Pray that they will look to the Lord for salvation. Pray that they will hunger to see the Kingdom of God extended in the hearts of all Jewish communities in Israel.-KW

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