Daily Topic for November 24, 2009
None of us can fully fathom all that the Lord has done. Let’s face it, we can’t even fathom one light year, let alone billions of them! Likewise, John the Baptist, the hero of Iran’s Mandaeancommunity, could not entirely fathom the greatness of the One he proclaimed. He understood in part, but did not know all of what God intended to do through Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to direct the Mandeans of Iran and Iraq to declare His praise whenever they see evidence of His glory. Pray that they won’t settle for less than the One whom God sent John the Baptist to proclaim.
Mandaean literally means “possessors of secret spiritual knowledge (gnosis).” Many believe these Gnostics come from a remnant of Jews who remained in Babylon after the others returned to Jerusalem. They kept the monotheistic beliefs of Judaism, but added the doctrine of Magism. All of their priests are astrologers, and some practice sorcery as well.
The Mandaean religion accepts historical accounts from Adam to John the Baptist, but rejects Jesus. Their holy book, Genza Rabba, portrays a rivalry between John and Jesus.
Their symbol of “The Great Life” is flowing or living water. Thus, the Iranian Mandaeans live by the Kuran River, Iran’s longest and largest river system. They immerse themselves in this water daily in an act of repeated baptism. Secondly, Mandaeans believe the “King of Light” rules the planets and stars that govern humans. They consider the celestial bodies as living beings who supply health, strength, and fertility. Mandaeans believe the human soul is immortal. Thus, they eat ritual meals to “strengthen” the dead, and then they ask the departed souls for assistance.
Less than two percent of the 25,000 Mandaeans in Iran have received Jesus. Our prayers can still reach through the borders and strengthen these living souls.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus, the true Light and Sustainer of the Universe, to the Mandaeans in Iran. May they receive the living water only He can supply.-AK