Daily Topic for February 19, 2011
There are many things that are part of a name. One of them is identity. Throughout the world, most everyone keeps their family name since family is a key part of human identity. Isaiah tells us about another important aspect of having a name—ownership. We often don’t like the idea of being owned by another. Nor do people like to face the fact that they need redemption from sin. But this is why we pray for groups like the Haabes—they need redemption through Christ, so they can be “owned” by their loving redeemer!
Pray for the Haabe people to understand the loving kindness of the Lord so they will desire to be redeemed, and therefore owned, by Him.
Husbands do not call their wives by name; nor do Haabe Fulbe wives use the given name of their husbands. In fact, throughout the entire Fulbe culture, it is taboo to use another person’s name. We don’t know for sure, but this might be an indication of how much more important groups are than individuals to the Fulbe. If individuals are not important, than why name them?
In the midst of the Fulbe culture one group stands apart: The Haabes. Some sources list them as Fulbe. But others (www.jcmwa.org) say this term identifies them as non-Fulbe. In many ways they blend in as part of Fulbe society. But at some point or points they fail to demonstrate the essential qualities of the Fulbe. To one degree or another nearby Fulbe communities do not consider them to be Fulbe.
However, our God, the Lord Jesus Christ, has called them by name. He says to the Haabes as he said to Israel, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
Pray that the Haabes will hear the Lord Jesus Christ call them by name. Pray that the Holy Spirit will open their hearts to see Jesus welcoming them. Pray that they will embrace the Name of Jesus in their communities.
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