Daily Topic for March 27, 2013
The Lord wept at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:35). He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). He suffered distress of spirit over men’s hardness of heart (Mark 3:5). Do you think He is grieved today because “all the earth” does not fear Him, that “all the people of the world” do not yet revere Him? He bore sin’s penalty-death on a cross-for each one! Think of it-the only Son of God being brutally beaten and killed a merciless death so that God the Father can show mercy! But millions do not know this. How that must grieve Him! Does it grieve us as well?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will make you more sensitive to His yearning for the unreached. Pray that He will help us to respond to His command to go and tell the good news of His salvation.
What do the following have in common? Pole climbing, horseracing, wrestling, and sack racing. All of them are part of the Sabantuy Festival. Every year this celebration of summer is practiced by both Tatars and Bashkir people in Moscow’s Kolomenskoye Park, according to a July 4, 2012 article found on en.haberler.com (http://en.haberler.com/tartars-bashkirs-celebrate-festival-in-moscow-1330/). This celebration dates back to rural Bashkir communities during the Middle Ages. Today it has spread to cities such as Moscow.
There are over one and a half million Bashkir people, but they are closely related to the more numerous Tatar groups (see day 18). The Bashkirs have their own dialect, but as time goes on, most of them are speaking either Russian or a similar Tatar language. This process has been going on since the 18th and early 19th centuries when the Bashkir homeland was overrun by Russian and Tatar peoples. Many of the Bashkirs had to give up their traditional pastoral lands to the newcomers, and some of them moved to cities. Today, the Bashkirs who live in Moscow are likely to be small businessmen and shop owners. They have a degree of economic clout in this world-class city.
They would like to maintain their Islamic religion. During the Sabantuy Festival, Muslim muftis organize “knowledge contests” to test who understands the Qur’an.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a holy dissatisfaction with traditional religion that will lead many Bashkir people to seek and find their Savior.