Daily Topic for December 31, 2011
When you read about ugly things happening like we read about in today’s prayer entry for the Obeidi tribe, it makes you yearn for a better day when Jesus will have complete control. You would hope that all people would want to see a day when there will be no more hunger, and the only leader is one who leads all of us to springs of living water. All of us. Not just members of our tribe or people group. All of us!
Pray that the unrest in the Arab World will lead the people groups in that region to seek and find the only One who holds the answers for their problems.
When you think of the Arabs, you automatically think of an ethnic group. But did you know that there are many tribes within the Arab fold? Some of them are friendly towards one another, while others are mutually hostile.
This fact came to the forefront in late July when a Libyan rebel leader from the large Obeidi tribe was assassinated. General Addul Younes was a key leader in the opposition to Gadafi’s regime. He had a public rivalry with another rebel leader, Khalifa Hifter. Both men claimed to be the supreme leader of the rebel forces, but Younes managed to gain control. Later Younes was called before a panel of judges friendly to the rebel cause and questioned about his loyalty to the rebellion because of his former ties to Col. Gadafi, according to a July 28, 2011 article in the New York Times. After the questioning, Younes was on his way to a press conference when rebels ambushed him. At the time of this writing we don’t know for certain who the assailants represented.
However, one thing is certain: There are mutual hostilities and suspicions between the various Arab tribes of Libya that threaten to take down their rebellion against Gadafi. Western nations suspect that Gadafi might be right that the rebellion is actually about certain tribes gaining control of oil wealth rather than “democracy” and “freedom.”
Pray that the Obeidi Arabs will seek and find the only reliable leader, Jesus Christ.