Daily Topic for December 22, 2008

Luke 2:17
"When they (the shepherds) had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child."

In this Christmas season let’s remember that the real impact of this holiday should be a new commitment to Christ’s mission. In the incarnation God crossed the barrier between Himself and man to show His love, truth and grace. He now calls us to cross today’s barriers of culture, language, caste, religion, and prejudices to share Christ with a hungry and dying world.

Pray that the Father will deliver us from the temptation to celebrate Christmas with a selfish heart. As He gave Himself to us, pray that we will now give ourselves to the unreached peoples.

Cochin Jews in Israel

“No, David, we did not come from India, we only rested there for 2,000 years!” Rachel laughed and hugged her inquisitive grandson. She explained, “When the temple was destroyed in the year 70 our people fled to the southern tip of India where we lived well. Following our Jewish beliefs brought us respect and admiration from our Indian neighbors. But now 13,000 of us are back in Israel, and though some of our traditions are different from the ‘White Jews,’ our basic beliefs and observances are the same.”

The boy asked, “Grandmother, why do they call us the ‘Black Jews’?”

“Because we most resemble the North African Jews from the time of Solomon.” “And how do we differ in the way we worship?”

At this Rachel burst into vibrant song telling through music how they rejected the Talmudic edict against women singing, and now contribute wonderful women’s choruses to the fabric of Jewish culture. No Rabbis lead their worship, only cantors who lead the Sabbath services through singing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that wonderful songs of praise will soon lead many Israelis to lift up their hearts in fervent adoration to God and to His Son. Pray that the one known agency ministering to the Cochin Jewish people will bear much fruit for the Kingdom. Pray that God lifts the veil from the eyes of the ancient Cochin Jews in Israel that they see their Messiah and come to faith in Him.-PE

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