Daily Topic for March 09, 2013
Instead of quoting his own commission to the Gentiles given to him on the road to Damascus, Paul chose to quote God’s commission to all Jews as found in Isaiah 49:6. In rejecting that commission, the Jewish leaders not only rejected the Gentiles and Paul; they rejected God Himself. As a result, Paul turned to the Gentiles, who immediately “began rejoicing and glorifying the work of the Lord.” The result? “The Word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” Yes, the nations are responsive to the gospel, if we will only bring it to them!
Pray that the Lord will lead His workers to the members of the unreached people groups who are most responsive.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres officially opened a new Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance in Moscow. He said, “This museum is an eloquent declaration of the principles of tolerance toward people and their freedom. Here we can see part of man’s past and move into the future with hope.” He continued, “The museum aims to demonstrate Jewish cultural traditions and customs and also shows the history of Russia through the prism of the Jewish people.”
Faced with severe persecution in the past, many Jewish people left Russia for Israel and the USA. However, there are still about 100,000 Russian Jews living in Moscow. Most of them do not adhere to their spiritual inheritance.
A strong Messianic Jewish believer living in Moscow explains the challenge they face, “To understand ministry in Moscow, one must understand that Orthodox Christianity is like an official religion. As with many state religions, most adherents are nominal, meaning their religion is in name only and reflects culture rather than faith in Y’shua (Jesus). The culture in Russia still includes a tremendous amount of anti-Semitism, so many who describe themselves as Orthodox Christians hate our people. This adds to the challenge of telling them about Jesus. To hear the good news from Jewish lips is still a radical concept.”Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Russian Jewish people in Moscow will be open to receiving the Lord’s desire to have them as His own. May there be healing and hope among these people that can only come from knowing Y’shua.