Daily Topic for August 25, 2011

Hebrews 7:4
Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!

After Abraham had returned from defeating four kings and rescuing his nephew Lot, he was met and blessed by Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High. (See Genesis 14:17-20. Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; king of Salem means king of peace.) Abraham then returned the blessing by giving Melchizedek a tenth of everything that was taken from battle. The author of Hebrews declares that Jesus, our king of righteousness and king of peace, is also our eternal priest after the order of Melchizedek. Does He merit at least a tenth of all we possess? Jesus gave His all for us; dare we give anything less for Him?

Pray that the Lord will help us to give Him our all!

Mahajan Bania People

by CN

Their name is Mahajan, a Bania subgroup of north India, meaning “great people.” Maha means “great” and jan means “people.” Most of the 322,000 Mahajans come from present-day Rajasthan. Historically, they are a people who fled into the foothills of the Himalayas during the Mogul Era to escape from cruel Islamic rulers. Most Mahajans today speak Hindi, but Marathi, Punjabi, and Dogri are also spoken among them. Though they are most commonly found in Rajasthan, Mahajans live throughout India.

The name Mahajan is found among castes outside the Bania fold. In some states Mahajan is not used as a family name, but as a title. For others, Mahajan means “elder.” In all cases, high status and often high caste comes with the Mahajan name.

An economically and socially powerful people, they are highly respected by Hindu society. In the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Maharashtra, Mahajans work as landlords, traders, and businessmen. Ironically, few Mahajans are involved in money lending, a primary job of Banias.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask the heavenly Father to connect the Hindu Mahajans with Christ followers. Pray that they will realize that their power and prestige can only bring peace and joy if they have a personal relationship with their real Creator, the one true living God. Pray that they would have a desire to serve and respect Him as Lord of their lives and of their business practices.

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