Daily Topic for October 20, 2011
We often remember the all-out assaults on the Caananite peoples, but forget the mercy that God demanded of His children. In this situation, after the Israelites had conquered a nation, they were expected to show mercy, not brutality to the women they captured. God demanded a much higher standard from His nation than any nation offered at that time.
Pray that even in times of war that God’s children will demonstrate mercy in such a way that the nations will be drawn to the Lord.
The grandfather’s arms were flailing and his voice was loud as he told the wide-eyed little boys sitting around his feet about the mighty warriors they had as ancestors. The boys asked, “Where did they live, Grandpa? Who did they fight?” Creating even more excitement and curiosity in his listeners, he said, “We Manns may have come from a region around the Caspian Sea.” He then pulled a book off of the shelf and turned to a page with a map, a picture of a coin, and a story. The story speculated that coins found in that region belonged to the Mannai people who lived west of the Caspian Sea. In the 8th Century B.C., they had a kingdom called Manniai, later called Armenia (Ari-Man).
Today the Mann Jats live primarily in Punjab and Haryana states of India. Most of their families are engaged in farming, but they have historically been recognized as warriors. Some Christian anthropologists believe that God has preserved for Himself a testimony in every culture.
Pray that God will reveal cultural keys among the Mann Jats that will spark a hunger for them to know more about His spiritual truth. Pray that God will give His servants wisdom and strategies to use these keys to promote the gospel message among the Mann Jat people group. Pray that God will raise up Armenian believers to go to the Mann people with God’s truth.