Daily Topic for December 17, 2012
It is easy to skip over such statements because we don’t understand how significant they are to the Jewish people who first read them. But genealogies mean everything to many peoples of the world, including the people group we are praying for today! Let’s remember that the Bible is full of things that speak to different cultures.
Pray that you will be able to appreciate the entire Bible, even things that at first glance don’t seem to have much meaning.
How far back can you trace your family history and lineage? For the Hoggar Tamacheqs, their family history goes back to an ancestress, Tin-Hinan, a woman of noble birth who cam from Morocco during the fourth century. The name Tin-Hinan literally means “she of the tents,” but has been translated, “mother of the tribe” or even “queen of the camp.” They believe she made her way across the desert from Morocco to the present-day living area that the Hoggar Tamacheqs occupy in Algeria. Their language is similar in its roots to that used in Morocco.
The Hoggar Tamacheqs are proud, hardy herders of livestock. They have lived nomadic lifestyle for many centuries. Their communities are made up of five or six portable tents set up in a tight circle.
In stark contrast to Arab culture, the Hoggar men, rather than women, wear veils. Often, though, men will leave their faces uncovered while traveling or while with family. Their society is strictly divided up between the noble class and the lower classes. Among all the various classes is a group of “holy people” who serve as spiritual leaders. Hoggar Tamacheqs believe these people hold powers of healing and protection, even after death. There is no known population of Christ followers among them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God will give dreams and visions to the Hoggar Tamacheqs. Pray for ways that the church can connect with these amazing people that have eluded our attention for too long.