Daily Topic for December 24, 2011

Matthew 2:3
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

What? It’s understandable that the power-mad Herod would not want the Messiah to be born. He knew that this was the beginning of the end for him. But what about the people of Jerusalem? These are supposed to be God’s children! Weren’t there many among them who were serious about their relationship with the God they worshipped at the Temple? How could it be that the Jewish people can be more spiritually dull than Gentile astrologers? Likewise, could we become spiritually dull during this Christmas season, as we focus on Christmas shopping and church events rather than the babe of Bethlehem?

Pray that we will have spiritual hunger for Jesus, and not settle for the materialism our culture offers this Christmas season.

Hashid Tribe of Yemen

by GEC

In other Arab world uprisings, the turmoil has involved the voice of the common people. Less so in Yemen. While the poor common people have participated and may have begun the protests, an opposition family has coopted the demonstrations, seeking to establish its own dominance. Now the primary struggle involves two powerful families among the Hashid tribal confederation. This group finds its powerbase in the northern part of the country. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh hails from the Hashid tribe. His primary rival, Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, sits as the head of the Hashid confederation of tribes. Each has his own military force. Each seeks to sit in authority over the country of Yemen.
There is another element of the “Arab Spring” in Yemen which we will explore in tomorrow’s piece about the Tihama tribe of southern Yemen. But for our consideration of the Hashids, we see a power struggle between the two most prominent families. Meanwhile, dozens of citizens have been killed, and even the president has been wounded. The country remains one of the poorest of the Arab world.
Throughout the Arabian Peninsula followers of Christ remain extremely rare. Anyone who puts their faith in Jesus must keep it a secret or face serious consequences.

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Pray for a resolution to the fighting, and that the warring factions will find a solution to the conflict without further loss of life. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to sincere seekers after truth.

Next day: Tihama Tribe of Yemen

Previous day: Southern Yemeni Arabs