Daily Topic for December 03, 2009
Saudi Arabs live by the strictest of Shariah (Islamic) Law. To them, obedience to the Koran is the ultimate spiritual activity. They believe that the Bible was “corrupted” by people who muddied the truth. But here is one truth that the Saudis ignore at their own peril: The law is a tutor that leads us to the Truth, the Truth that will set us free from sin.
Pray that Saudis will understand that their law is not an end in itself.
When Zwemer returned to Bahrain, he had difficulty getting re-established. In 1912, he received a call from the United Presbyterian Mission in Egypt. They requested that he relocate to Cairo, Egypt to coordinate mission work in the entire Muslim world. For the next 17 years, he would work with a number of mission agencies in Cairo.
Zwemer’s educational background opened doors to discuss spiritual matters with Egypt’s well-educated men, sometimes to groups of as many as 2,000. One time a Muslim professor tore up one of Zwemer’s tracts. One student was so curious as to why a small leaflet would cause such irrational offense, so he recovered the pieces, read it and put his faith in Christ.
Such experiences were few and far between, however. During his 40 years of ministry he probably only convinced about 10 Muslims to follow Christ. His greater contribution was to awakening believers to the need to take Christ to the Muslims.
By 1929, Zwemer’s work was well established, so when he was offered a position with the Princeton Theological Seminary, he could return to America with a good conscience. The rest of his life was filled with writing and speaking as well as teaching. By the end of his life in 1952, Samuel Zwemer had written 50 books, some of which were for evangelizing Muslims, and others were for mobilizing Christians.
(From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya, Ruth Tucker, 1983)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Lord to raise up more men and women to boldly take Christ to the Muslim world, especially in Saudi Arabia.-KC