Daily Topic for February 11, 2009
Tragedy strikes. The chosen nation goes into exile. But in Daniel we also see something exciting happening. Throughout this book, which contains so many exciting stories and strange prophecies, one message is trumpeted loudly and clearly: God is still on the throne! Five times in succeeding chapters the power of God is displayed in causing the most powerful leader in the world to acknowledge Yahweh’s sovereignty in the affairs of men and nations. God’s intention here is that all men learn to recognize that although the heathen rage, and though the kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord and His anointed, He still reigns triumphant.
Pray that the Lord will teach us to see His sovereign hand behind the affairs of men and nations.
Cubist artwork done by the Fang people inspired such world renowned artists as Pablo Picasso. Masks and statuettes made by Fangs are on display at international museums.
The Fang people settled many years ago in rainforests where they could access the type of wood they needed for carving. Artisans had to follow ritual procedures while working on the sculptures. A typical mask was elongated, featuring a heart-shaped face with a long nose. Troubadours, hunters, those initiating young men, and those punishing wrong-doers wore these masks.
A bieri statuette usually consisted of an infant’s large head with an expressionless face and a muscular adult body. These statues often flaunted elaborate hairstyles, facial scarring, jewelry, horns, and other symbols of spiritual power. The people repeatedly applied palm oil on the statues for purification. These figures guarded boxes full of “sacred” materials from the sight of women and uninitiated boys. They also served in initiation rites where young males were presented to deceased ancestors. They also carved special musical instruments, which they believed allowed communication with the dead. Other carvings include special spoons used in initiation rites.
Though most of their artwork and rituals have ended and many of the Fang people are nominal Christians, they continue to live by an Animistic worldview. Fewer than five percent have placed their trust in Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Fang people will see their need for a living, loving and all-powerful Savior, and put their trust in the Risen Christ.-AK