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Lent Through African Eyes - Day 11

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

Courtesy of You Version Bible App


Devotional

The Sin that Separates Sin that separates us from God and divides us from one another. The cost of reconciling these relationships was Jesus’ own blood. From an Africa Study Bible proverbs and stories note: A Yoruba proverb says Ebo die die lo ngba alaiku la, meaning, “A little sacrifice saves the dying from death.” People who follow the traditional Yoruba religion in Nigeria believe that a sacrifice has the power to save from death or to avert evil. For the people of Israel, the reason for the sin offering was very different from both traditional African and ancient pagan beliefs. The sin offering described in Leviticus 4–5 was for the purpose of receiving forgiveness for sins committed against the Lord. The sin offering brought the sinner into a right relationship with God. Sacrifice does not atone a spirit’s thirst for blood. Instead, blood is shed to atone for the sin that has separated us from God. Today: Sing a song praising and thanking Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross to forgive our sins.


Scripture

Leviticus 4:27-31


27 ‘ “If any member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands when they realize their guilt

28 and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering for the sin they committed a female goat without defect.

29 They are to lay their hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering.

30Then the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar.

31 They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the Lord. In this way, the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.

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