Daily Topic for March 25, 2011
Unlike the gods worshipped by shamanistic peoples like the Nentses, our God is not dependent on mankind. He does not need offerings, but He requires instead that we offer Him our lives for His purposes. Don’t the people groups who worship such defective deities need to know the difference?
Pray for spiritual discernment among the Nentse people so that they can trust the only God worthy of their praise and worship.
Pulling his “malitsa” (shirt made with deerskin and fur) close, the Nentse man and his sons removed the poles and the deerskins covering their home, while his wife boxed up clean dishes and the cauldron. In spite of the harsh winter, they doused the fire and left in their deer-drawn sled with their deer herds.
The Nentses are shepherds, and their primary means of subsistence is reindeer breeding. The reindeer feed on moss, and when they have eaten all the available moss the herds, the shepherds and their families have to move to “greener pastures.”
Most of the Nentses live in the northern most regions of Russia. In spite of Christian influence, their religious beliefs are based on animistic and shamanistic thinking. They believe that they are protected by Mother Earth. She and the creative sovereign of the heavens give them life. They also believe that Nga, the spirit of the underworld, brings disease and death. They believe that each lake they fish in and every forest they hunt in is governed by a spirit that needs to be appeased if they are to have good fortune. Hence they make offerings and sacrifice deer to these spirits.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Nentse people would find God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who love so freely and unconditionally and who needs no appeasement, and in whom we are “greatly loved and radically accepted.”