Indian and Christian Parallels–Part 5

Once again I’m drawing from my reading of Kent Nerburn’s books Neither Wolf Nor Dog and The Wolf at Twilight for some thoughts about Indian religious practices and their parallels to Biblical truths.

So many things in the culture of Indians and others around the world are symbolic of truths from Scripture. But their source and original meaning has been lost or perverted down through time.

To the Indians tobacco is sacred. Smoke from tobacco or sweet grass on a fire helps send up prayers to the Creator.

When I read of Nerburn first seeing Lakota Indian elder Dan put sweet grass on a fire, immediately I thought of how our prayers and offerings as Christians are a sweet scent to the Lord.

It’s what we do for Him that counts, not rising smoke. The smoke is merely a symbol.

Philippians 4:18–But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

Not only that, but we ourselves–our lives and how we live them–are a savor or scent to those around us.

2 Corinthians 2:14-16–Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Even beyond that, Christ gave Himself as the ultimate Sacrifice, is a sweet smelling scent to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2–Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

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