Daily Topic for February 24, 2009
In yesterday’s text (Amos 3:2) God emphasized Israel’s uniqueness-her special privilege and responsibility. Today we read of Israel’s similarity to the surrounding nations. Special privilege and a special commission did not exempt the people of God from spiritual accountability, and God reminded Israel through the prophet Amos that He is absolute ruler over the affairs of all nations of the earth. Such a reminder should lead us too-Abraham’s spiritual descendants-to live in reverential obedience to the living God.
Humbly confess our accountability to God. Pray that the Holy Spirit will rule in our hearts.
Hundreds of women act as judges for the Geerewol mating dance. As many as 1,000 men may compete in this dance competition which is unique to the Wodaabe people. Dressed in finely embroidered dance tunics, the Wodaabe males carefully paint their faces and complete their costumes with feathers and other adornments to impress the women. They will usually roll their eyes and show their white teeth as they sing and dance. During the week-long festival, the women single out their favorite men, choosing husbands or lovers. A Wodaabe man may take as many as four wives. The first wife must be a cousin chosen by his parents at birth, but others are usually love marriages taking place at the Geerewol.
Traditionally the Wodaabes are nomadic cattle herders. Their migrations stretch from southern Niger all the way to the Central African Republic. Wodaabes speak a Fula language that isn’t put to writing, so the JESUS Film, cassette tapes, music, and drama are the best ways to share the gospel with them.
Just like the Tuareg people featured yesterday, the Wodaabes are becoming well known for their music which has been featured in West Africa Unwired. This publication is produced in collaboration with Amnesty International, a world-wide human rights movement.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for wisdom and insight for missionaries trying to reach these very sexually unrestricted people. Pray that the gospel message can be incorporated in their musical style, and liberate them from the bondage of sin.-JS