Daily Topic for February 08, 2013
We often remember the all-out assaults on the Canaanite 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. I would not even want to describe what people normally did to the women and children they captured during that time period. But God demanded a much higher standard from His children.
Pray that even in times of war God’s children will demonstrate mercy in such a way that the nations will be drawn to the Lord.
Masesba, a Mbororo Fulbe, smiled as her friends happily painted her lips, arms, and feet with black henna in preparation for her wedding. With great joy her friends started to sing a traditional Fulbe wedding song to her. “Remember if you are a true wife, be sure to wash your cooking pot; give your husband meat and never forget to sweep the hut each day. If you do not do these things, your husband will take a co-wife or leave you! So be a good wife and remember to always look beautiful with lips of blue henna.”
The 2.5 million Muslim Mbororos live primarily in Nigeria and Cameroon. Most have chosen a nomadic way of life. But the development of new ranches near their lands has brought restrictions and lack of grazing areas for their cattle. The people group lack education and health care. Most Mbororo girls marry young, and their parents arrange their marriage. Polygamy is common in their communities.
They are very resistant to any efforts to bring the gospel of Jesus to them. Christ’s followers need to be willing to live among them and be involved with their lives for years to develop trusting friendships. Only then will they listen to Christ’s ambassadors.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Mbororo Fulbe people will hear, accept, and know God and His Word. May they no longer live in spiritual darkness bound by Islamic rules with almost no heart awareness of the God who truly loves them.