Daily Topic for January 19, 2012
Ezekiel’s prophesy involved life and death. Bones and dryness symbolized spiritual death in this passage. But God was about to bring life to the dead, as you can see if you read verses 5-14. Just as God wanted to bring spiritual life to Israel in the days of Ezekiel, don’t you think He wants to bring life to people like the Tigreans?
Pray for the Tigreans to experience the breath of God and spiritual life through Jesus Christ in their communities.
The ground near the Tigrean village in Ethiopia was bone dry and cracked. An elder sacrificed a cow and called out to Allah for rain. They burned corn as a sin offering, but the skies remained clear; not a cloud was to be seen anywhere. The people who watched the sacrifice had grim looks on their faces. They sensed that the drought would continue. Droughts are common in this region. Prayer and sacrifice usually did little good. Why bother? But sacrifices offered them their only hope, so they continued this tradition.
The Tigreans live mostly in Eritrea and Ethiopia’s Tigray Province. Today they are one of the few people groups that still practice slavery. The Tigreans are descended from the Axum people, which had a history of Christian faith going back before 400 A.D. That changed after the introduction of Islam to this region after 700 A.D. At that time many of the peoples descended from the Axum converted to Islam, including the Tigreans. Today there are few, followers of Jesus Christ among this people group.
Pray for faithful workers who will reach out to the Tigreans with the message of salvation. Ask God for a complete Bible in the Tigrean language. Pray that God would break the hold that Islam has on this people group. Pray that there would be an end to slavery among the Tigreans.