Daily Topic for December 23, 2008
As wise old Simeon took the little baby Jesus in his arms, he prophetically saw the impact this little life would have upon the world. Not only was He the glory of the people of Israel, but also the light for Gentile peoples. While the focus of Jesus’ earthly ministry was to be on the Jews of Palestine, the Bible records how often Jesus also ministered to non-Jews. The Spirit He would send at Pentecost would be the power for His Church’s rapid expansion into the Gentile world.
Pray that the Father will reveal the Light of Life to the unreached peoples. Pray that He will shine brightly in our lives, and send many from among us to them as a witness of that Light.
“From beyond the rivers of Cush (Ethiopia), my worshippers, even the daughter of my dispersed people, will bring my offerings” (Zephaniah 3:10, NIV). This prophecy is now being fulfilled! Imagine the delight when the Ethiopian Jews, who for centuries thought they were the last vestige of Jewish belief, discovered that thousands from their lineage were returning to the God-deeded land of their heritage.
Some say it was through the meeting of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba that the Ethiopian Jews first began. Others believe it was when the tribe of Dan fled to the south during the civil war involving Solomon’s son. But whatever were the beginnings of the Ethiopian Jewish people, also known as Beta Israel, their final home is now in Israel. In August, the Israeli government said that they had carried out their last major airlift of Ethiopian Jews, while others say there are some left in Ethiopia.
The absorption into Israeli society has been a difficult process for these Ethiopian Jews, primarily because they have to compete with immigrants from developed nations who have appropriate job skills for Israel’s modern technical society. By contrast, the Beta Israel immigrants have only dealt with a subsistence economy. Many have joined the military, which has provided training and economic support.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the joyful fulfillment of Zephaniah’s prophecy will be culminated by the salvation of these faithful ones through Jesus, their long-awaited Messiah.-PE