Daily Topic for December 20, 2009
Here John applies Old Testament prophecy to Jesus. In Isaiah 42:6 we read, “I will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” Isaiah 60:1-2 declares, “Arise, shine, for your light has come…. darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you…. the nations shall come to your light.” The incarnation of Jesus was a burst of light that continues to radiate to the nations today.
Pray that we will stand on the truth of these prophecies for the sake of those peoples who still live in deep spiritual darkness.
Human Rights Watch has come out publicly and stated that, “Saudi Arabia should end systematic discrimination against its minority Ismaili Shi’ite community.” This is according to a BBC News report from September 22, 2008. They go on to say the Saudi government has consistently penalized Ismailis for their religious beliefs. Ismailis are treated like second-class citizens, although they are just as Saudi as any Saudi Sunni Muslim. In everything from employment to education to the justice system, the Ismailis are disregarded. The same Human Rights Watch report states that at least one Saudi official has termed Ismailis, “corrupt infidels, debauched atheists.”
There could be as many as one million Ismailis living in Saudi Arabia, although more moderate estimates in the area of 200,000 are more realistic. They are concentrated in the southern part of the country, bordering Yemen. They have been forced to conceal their faith and position in regard to Islam for the purpose of safety. Their theology does differ from that of mainstream Muslims in Saudi Arabia, with regard to the nature of Allah, the creation of the world, and Ismailism’s relationship to science.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Ismailis in Saudi Arabia will no longer be denigrated. Pray that organizations such as Human Rights Watch will continue keeping the Saudi government accountable for their mistreatment of Ismailis. Pray also that both Sunni and Ismaili Muslims in Saudi Arabia will embrace Jesus as their lord.-JR