Daily Topic for December 30, 2008
World evangelization is the Lord’s work. He is “building a people” for Himself from every tribe, tongue and nation. The Church is that people, who are also His laborers, His watchmen, His “channels of blessing” for all “nations.” But the Church must be careful how it builds, lest it build in its own strength and not according to God’s “blueprints.” Let us therefore be sure to keep our eyes fixed on the Master Builder, Jesus, and His work. For we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Pray and renew your commitment to be His witness, so that there will be a church for every people.
How can a nation repair a devastated economy? The new Communist regime in Romania faced that dilemma after World War II and came up with a reprehensible scheme: selling their Jewish citizens. Out of the 800,000 Jewish people who lived in Romania before the war, 350,000 escaped the holocaust. These Romanian citizens still faced anti-Semitism, and their country sold 300,000 of them to the new country of Israel from late 1949 to 1978. Some went for $50 US, but the ransom price gradually increased until it reached as high as $250,000. People have disregarded the value of Jewish people for centuries, yet God loves them and remembers His covenant with them.
Today, about 405,000 Romanian Jews help make up the total Israeli Jewish population of over 2.5 million. Israeli leaders want all the people in Israel to “fuse” into one united group, but many retain the language of their original homeland. Most Romanian Jews, however, speak Hebrew. Romanian Jews could form fellowships with other Hebrew-speakers, but they would probably feel more at ease with those from the same part of the world.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that many of the Romanian Jews will realize how much God values them and find their true identity as reborn children of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to “fuse” them into the Body of Christ.-AK