Daily Topic for September 07, 2009

Genesis 2:17
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Our desire for knowledge has been getting us into trouble from the very beginning. The quest to know the truth in and of itself is not a bad thing. But if we are seeking truth on our own terms, we will quickly fall prey to self-deception. Here God shows us the danger of this propensity towards self-enlightenment, one of the main temptations for high caste peoples like the Karans. It is for this reason that the gospel message has such life-giving power for the nations. Without this special revelation we will forever remain either agnostic about the truth or in a state of perpetual self-delusion.

Pray that Karan Potonaiko community leaders might know the truth, and that this truth might set them free.

Karan People

Highly intelligent and well-educated, he is the most feared and hated man in a village. He is an accountant and a member of the Karan people group. He keeps track of how much money who owes whom, or how many chickens are owed, etc. He keeps the official record of each transaction. He often gives himself the title of Potonaiko, or “head” of the village. Illiterate villagers sometimes suspect him of inflating the amount due, especially for people who offend him. He is despised and mistrusted like the tax collectors in Jesus’ time. Sometimes people even murder accountants. An Indian proverb states: “Even if a thousand [gold coins] are levied from a village not even [a copper coin] will be levied from the Potonaiko.”

The Karan village accountant is a member of the Kshatriya caste, just one step below Brahmin, the highest caste. When surveyed, 100 percent of the Karans profess Hinduism. Most worship Vishnu, one of the three main gods of Hinduism. Virtually no Christian witness exists among them.

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Pray for the Karans to discover the one true Trinity: God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. Pray for missionaries to penetrate the elite society of the Karan people who live and work in the cities. Pray for missionaries to distribute Bibles to the Karan accountants who live in villages. Ask the Holy Spirit to penetrate their hearts.-JWS

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