Daily Topic for September 19, 2009

Genesis 14:13
"Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre the Amorite, a brother of Eshcol and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram."

Two chapters after Abraham is called to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth, we have this account of Abraham’s interaction with the Amorites. By this time Abraham had become a trusted friend of this people group, and his influence appears to have been strong. When God spoke of the future demise of Caananite society to Abraham, He said it would not take place for 400 years because the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure (Gen. 15:18). It seems that Abraham’s presence as salt and light served as a preserving agent for righteousness among this group. Today, we are called to do the same!

Pray that God will place some of His children among the Jalarai people, and influence them to put their faith in Christ rather than wicked spirits.

Jalarai People

Vijay’s pregnant wife Sunemiya has a fever. This must mean the spirits are angry. But why? He calls for the village diviner who feels her pulse. “Are you angry?” the diviner asks the spirits. Her pulse races. The spirits have answered “yes.” He collects money from Vijay and waves this in front of the spirits. “When they make their sacrifices, will you be pleased?” he asks. “Will you let the fever go?” The spirits answered yes again.

This type of scene will be repeated many times among the Jalarai people. They are a fishing-caste people. Diviners come to deal with fevers, poor fishing and many other problems. Westerners explain such misfortunes as coming from viruses and fishing cycles. The Jalarais see them as conflicts between the physical and spiritual worlds.

As indigenous evangelists bring the gospel to the Jalarais, they respect this worldview. The Bible shows that some things can be caused by the spirit world. Part of our challenge is to bring the gospel in such a way that the Jalarais turn to the true God to conquer the evil in the world.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will defeat the spirits of fear and darkness in the Jalarai’s world. Pray that those who bring the glad tidings will remain sensitive to the Jalarai worldview. Pray that new Jalarai believers will truly escape the darkness and come to the Light.-EF

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