Daily Topic for December 07, 2012
Zechariah’s prophecy was pointing to a work God was doing in fulfillment of His promise to Abraham, that through him and his descendants (including the Lord Jesus) all nations on earth would be blessed. By faith in Jesus we have received both the blessing and the obligation to bless others. God’s intent and purpose in fulfilling His oath to Abraham is that some from every people group, including Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus, would be able to share in the blessings of redemption.
Pray that we won’t want to settle for anything less than His highest and best. Pray that we will press forward in holiness and commitment to His mission.
The “Sunday Market” was very busy this morning. Siffa made her way down the semi-circular arcs that make up the modern-day market-place in the oasis of Ouargla. She started in the center at the meat market and worked her way out to the fruits, vegetables, and grain arcs. She stopped at a stall with metal-smiths working with gold and saw sand roses being sold at the rock store. Stuffed lizards amused the children as they played in the curved aisles. Men concentrated on fine needlework and women busied themselves making pottery.
Siffa is one of about 5,700 Oargla speakers living in the Sahara at this oasis. She doesn’t realize that 3,000 Jewish goldsmiths and merchants lived on this sand until 1962 when they were forced to evacuate due to Algerian Muslim rebel threats to their lives. Some Jewish beliefs such as a preference for monogamy over polygamy still hold in the community. The form of nominal Islam Siffa follows, Ibadi, is what made Ouargla attractive for the fleeing Jews in the 13th century. Perhaps the fact that the Ouargla Berbers co-existed with the Jews is what makes them sympathetic to Israel today.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that when we are all gathered at the throne in Heaven, many Ouargla believers will be present. Pray that African brethren will reach out to their Algerian Berber neighbors and carry the gospel to this spiritually thirsty land.