Daily Topic for December 27, 2008
Throughout the world today, prisons are full of criminals, political dissidents, and those imprisoned for religious convictions. Without Christ we are all prisoners to sin, under the sentence of death. Christ came to bring life to all who call upon His Name. But how can they call on His Name unless they have heard? Why should they be condemned to death, when there is a Savior waiting for them to call on His Name?
Pray today for those who are doubly imprisoned-both physically and spiritually. Pray for those attempting to bring light to these dark places.
l492. That date rings a bell as the year Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to the New World. What many are not aware of, however, is that another major event was taking place that same year in Spain. With the Inquisition underway, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella gave the Jews of their nation a choice: convert to Catholicism or be expelled. Most Sephardic (Hebrew for “Spain”) Jews decided to leave.
No one is sure of the exact number. Estimates range from 40,000 to 800,000. What is certain is that they fled to Morocco, Turkey, Greece, France, and other North African and European nations. When Jews began their exodus from Arab countries in the mid l900s, many Sephardic Jews again relocated, this time to Israel and New York City.
Today the term Sephardic is often used to describe non-Ashkenazi (German origin) Jews living in Israel. Though they embrace slightly different traditions than the Ashkenazi Jews, the Sephardic Jews are basically Orthodox in their beliefs and practices. Like the rest of their brethren, most Sephardic Jews have yet to see and recognize Yeshua as their Messiah (Jesus the Messiah).Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Sephardic Jewish communities to be awakened to the identity of their Savior. Ask God to open their ears and hearts to the gospel message. Pray for healing of past rejections and for witnesses to testify that Messiah gave Himself as a sacrifice for their sins and will soon come again!-CL