Daily Topic for September 15, 2010

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

In these words Isaiah explains how Jesus, the Messiah, would bring peace to those who have faith in Him. What a great promise to Jews and Gentiles alike!

May the Jews who live and visit Sri Lanka come to fully understand this scripture and accept the agent of peace, Jesus, their Messiah. May they be completely willing to accept the price Jesus paid to atone for their sins.

Jewish People of Sri Lanka

by PD

Mazel Tov!” shouted the Chabad Rabbi when he heard that Rabbi Mendi and his wife had great success expanding the work of a Chabad Jewish center in the capital of Colombo. The letters in the Hebrew word “chabad” mean chachman (wisdom) binah-(comprehension) and da’at (knowledge). This Orthodox movement believes that these are important principals that God desires for Jewish people. In Sri Lanka they have provided a place where Jewish people can participate in the Sabbath and holidays. Their outreach includes locals, businessmen and tourists, many who come from Israel. Israel has helped Sri Lanka with educational projects in the areas of fishing and farming. They also extend themselves in the community where they open their doors to provide medical, educational and food aid to all needy Sri Lankans. This has gained them recognition.

Tracing Jewish ancestry on the island has produced some important genealogical background about a Eurasian ethnic group known as “Burghers.” They consist mainly of male-line descendants of Europeans who married Sinhalese women. Some Portuguese males arriving in 1505 were Jews who had “converted” to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition. Names and some customs indicate in records that they were Jewish. “Burghers” today speak English. Almost all are Catholic or Presbyterian.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Christ’s followers, including those who know they have a Jewish ancestry, will reach out to Orthodox Jewish people on the island and introduce them to their loving Messiah.

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