Daily Topic for October 07, 2017

Genesis 32:30, NET
So Jacob named the place Peniel, explaining, “Certainly I have seen God face to face and have survived.”

Pray that like Jacob, the Mal people will submit to God when they experience his presence.

Mal People

by WM

“No longer will your name be Jacob,” the man told him, “but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” Gen. 32:28, NET
The book of Genesis tells us that Jacob become Israel, the father of God’s people, in this way. He struggled with God himself and was tested, but he left the conflict strengthened and ready to fulfill his destiny. Israel, therefore, means “he who strives with God.”
Thousands of years later, another people would be known as wrestlers: those belonging to the Mal caste of India. “Mal” is a shortened form of a Sanskrit phrase that can mean “wrestler.” The Mals live mainly in the Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. They speak Hindi, Bengali, or another language, depending on their location. Most of them are agricultural laborers with no land of their own, although they are also known for being watchmen or gatekeepers, called chowkidars.
The Mal may be called wrestlers, but they have not yet had a chance to strive with God and find their purpose in his kingdom. Hinduism is their sole religion. No Christ-followers are yet found within this group.

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Pray that the Mal, the “wrestlers,” will soon have an opportunity to be confronted by the true and living God. Pray that they, like Jacob, will persevere in faith and find their true purpose as children of God.


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