Daily Topic for September 05, 2010
Few cultures would find it acceptable for parents to make their own daughters prostitutes. But all cultures find ways to fill their land with wickedness. In the West, secularized people allow their unmarried sons and daughters to engage in fornication. Unlike the secularized West, the Bedar people have not heard of the God of the Bible and His son, Jesus Christ. This does not excuse the Bedar people, but it explains why they defy the unknown, but living God.
Pray for the Lord to call missionaries to take His ways to the Bedar people, so His Kingdom can be extended into their hearts.
Unmarried Bedar girls, as young as four or five are taken to a local Hindu temple and made prostitutes. Colorfully dressed women escort them to a guru, or spiritual leader. They are branded and taken to the temple. In a solemn ceremony, a necklace is placed around their necks as a sign that they are dedicated to a local god. For the rest of their lives the girls are known as Basavi.
God is deeply concerned about girls like these. “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you, I am the Lord. Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot.” (Leviticus 19:28-29 NKJV.)
The Bedar commonly tattoo their girls, and they do worship their dead. They make offerings to their dead on the third day after they pass away. Images of their dead are made of gold, copper, or brass. Bedar commonly practice soothsaying, sorcery and astrology. Bedar means “hunter.” Traditions say that Kannayya, a mighty hunter, was a devout worshiper of Shiva, (god of destruction) who appeared to him and granted Kannayya two wishes. He wished that they would be true marksmen and that their land would produce much corn with little labor or water. The name “Kannayya” is reminiscent of the name “Canaanites,” and the customs of the Bedar are remarkably close to the ancient Canaanite ways.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the JESUS Film and Christian broadcasts will continue to bear fruit among the Bedar people.