Daily Topic for August 16, 2011

Hebrews 9:15
Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free.

The new covenant in Jesus’ blood describes a precious relationship for each of us. This relationship reconciles us to God and gives us freedom and forgiveness of sins because of what the Lord Jesus has done for us. God’s desire is that the whole earth would enter into this covenant relationship, and His Word promises us that individuals from every nation eventually will. Unfortunately, many of the earth’s peoples have never been able to respond to God’s offer of such a relationship because they have never heard the good news in an understandable form.

Pray that the Lord will give the Modh Banias a desire for the precious covenant relationship that we enjoy.

Modh Bania People

by EJD

Kirti, a little Modh Bania girl, stood petrified beside her devout mother. With eyes closed, the woman chanted slokas to the Hindu deity with 18 hands. In the imagination of little Kirti, the idol took on life, and its piercing eyes seemed to follow them as her mother walked around the temple.

On their way home Kirti was a different person. Shedding her frightened demeanor, she skipped and hopped beside her mother. “Why were you not praying in the temple, Kirti?” asked her mother. Referencing the idol the little girl replied, “The face of Modheshwari Mata frightens me.” “Hush! You will anger the gods, and we will encounter misfortune if you speak like that,” chided her distraught mother, who herself was always on edge. She was worried that the health and well-being of her family depended on the whim of the gods.

The wealthy Modh people deal in real estate and jewelry. They once lived only in the northern part of Gujarat state in a small town called Modhera, which derived its name from the Modheshwari Mata temple and the community around it. The Modh are now dispersed throughout India and other countries.

Some of the more famous Modhs are Mohandas Ghandi, popularly known as the Mahatma Ghandi, and Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of the Reliance Conglomerate, whom Forbes identifies as one of the wealthiest men in the world.

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Pray that the Modh Banias would acknowledge Christ Jesus as the source of hope and provision for humanity.

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