Daily Topic for May 11, 2009

Romans 4:18
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, So shall your offspring be."

Imagine Abraham’s situation. He was 100 years old, with a wife of 90, and God told them they were going to have a son! The circumstances were certainly hopeless from a human standpoint. Yet, he did not waver through unbelief…but was strengthened in his faith, and gave glory to God (v. 20). The task of penetrating nearly 10,000 unreached people groups may seem impossible to some. But God has clearly promised to redeem men and women from every nation, people and tongue.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will make us strong in our faith, and bring glory to Christ as we trust in His promises.

Orthodox Jews in Canada

The young Orthodox rabbi from Toronto said, “It’s a big mistake in the Jewish world when rabbis feel their business is [only] the relationship between man and God. That’s completely wrong! It’s a Jewish statement that to be a religious Jew means to care about your community and your state. We read the newspapers to see the real needs, and ask ourselves what the Torah has to say about them. The Orthodox world can bring to the world new ideas…”

This Rabbi Lau was speaking to a group of Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews. The next speaker was his uncle, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, past Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. His subject was “Is unity among Jewish Orthodox and Non-Orthodox people only a myth?” That’s an important question! To this day, most synagogues in Canada are Orthodox, with the less strict Conservative movement second and closing, and the more liberal Reform movement far behind. Ultra-Orthodoxy, however, has probably made fewer advances in Canada. There is a growing Ultra-Orthodox population, but it is much less influential in religious affairs because mainstream Orthodoxy remains strong, with a solidly committed core group.

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Pray that the Jewish people of Canada will not rationalize away moral and spiritual values by accepting a non-biblical liberal identity. Pray that Christians and Jewish believers will have a common ground to communicate with the Orthodox Jews in Canada in hopes that many will come to know their Messiah.-PD

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