Daily Topic for April 27, 2011
One of the easiest mistakes people make is getting sidetracked from what God has commanded them to do. Most people, instead of pursuing what God has planned for them, focus on earning money, living comfortably and enjoying entertainment. In the case of most Jewish communities, including the Orthodox Jews in Paris, the distraction comes in the form of self-preservation. Having endured hostile neighbors for centuries, those who are most diligent in studying the Scriptures have settled for self-preservation, rather than pursuing God’s perfect will for them.
Pray that France’s Orthodox Jewish leaders will hear the gospel message and receive it so they will begin the process of becoming a light for the Gentiles and bringing salvation to the earth.
“I was born a Masson,” said Celine, “But that name means nothing. It carries no history. It says nothing about my family, my roots, or where I’m from.” Likewise, Jeremie Fazel, head bowed before his grandfather’s grave, felt something amiss. “The name on the headstone is Benjamin Fazel,” he said. “But it’s not the name he was born with.”
Masson and Fazel are just two of many French Orthodox Jews who want to get the present law changed, to allow them to restore the names their parents and grandparents gave up when they arrived in France after World War II. At that time French officials urged Jewish émigrés to change their Jewish names to French-sounding ones. Now, however, Jews, especially those from the Orthodox community, sense a need to reconnect with their ancestral roots.
According to Masson, the chance of getting the outdated law repealed is slim; nevertheless it’s worthwhile to try. With the help of a Jewish-French lawyer whose family retained its name, she set up the organization, “The Strength of the Name” to represent Jews who desire to revive their Jewish names and heritage.
France is home to the 4th largest Jewish community in the world and the largest Jewish community in Europe. 320,000 Jews live in Paris alone. They understand their connection with the Abrahamic Covenant; yet they reject Jesus, the one who fulfilled that covenant.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Orthodox Jews in Paris will understand that Jesus is their long-awaited Messiah. Pray that they will want to connect with His name.