Today is a day that we honor our veterans and remember those who have lost their lives defending the liberties of this once great country. This type of selflessness and bravery should be emulated by all true believers in Christ. We must never deny our faith or love for Jesus, even if it means losing everything. We have many examples to follow and the most recent act of devotion comes from the Sudan.
Miriam Yehya Ibraham (a 27 year old pregnant woman) was arrested over a week ago for apostasy. The Sudanese court had also ordered Miriam to be flogged for adultery. Her so-called transgression was intimate relations with her husband. Since he is a Christian, officials do not recognize the marriage and constitutes this as adultery. Miriam is in jail with her 20 month old son. (He is not allowed to be with his Christian father.) She will be allowed to give birth and raise her second child until the age of 2. At that point, if she does not renounce Jesus, she will be hung. Her bravery is a model for all of us. When threatened with jail, she remained true to her Savior.
Many around the world are outraged by this harsh treatment to Miriam. For Bible believers, this should come as no surprise. In the Olivet Discourse Jesus warned us about what was to come.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (MATTHEW 24:10, NIV)
As we enter into the Final seven years of this age (70th Week of Daniel), suffering will increase dramatically. Jesus tells the Church in Pergamum that Satan will put some in prison to test them and they will suffer persecution for 10 days. (CF: Rev. 2:10). We must be willing to endure, even to the point of death. Our King will give us the grace and Miriam is the latest example of one who shows us the way. EJ