will start out with one of the most widely used
passages that seems to highly suggest it is speaking
of a “christmas tree”. It has been widely used
that this is one of the customs of the nations that
we should not follow; even referring to it as a
pagan practice. I’d like to point out,
probably the most widely missed passages, verses one
Jer 10:3 “For the prescribed customs
of these peoples are worthless, for one cuts a tree
from the forest, work for the hands of a craftsman
with a cutting tool.
Jer 10:4 “They adorn it with silver and
gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it
does not topple.
Jer 10:5 “They are like a rounded post,
and they do not speak. They have to be carried,
because they do not walk. Do not be afraid of them,
for they do no evil, nor is it in them to do any
So let’s take a look at what
YirmeYahu says directly before he speaks of the
“pagan practice” of the “christmas
The ISR version
Jer10:1 Hear the word which Yahuah
speaks to you, O house of Yisra’el.
Jer 10:2 Thus said Yahuah, “Do not
learn the way of the gentiles,and do not be AWED
(H2865) by the SIGNS (H226) of the heavens, for the
gentiles are AWED (H2865) by them.
A primitive root; properly to prostrate; hence to
break down, either (literally) by violence, or
(figuratively) by confusion and fear: - abolish,
affright, be(make) afraid, amaze, beat down,
discourage, (cause to) dismay, go down,
Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a
signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag,
beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: -
mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
As we can see the
definition for “awed” is to break down or abolish.
Let’s look at this verse again:
10:2 Thus said Yahuah, “Do not learn the
way of the gentiles, and do not abolish the
signs of the heavens for the gentiles abolish
What signs could
it be that the gentiles are abolishing?
We have to remember these signs are ‘owt’
which were assigned to the luminaries.
Gen 1:14 And Elohim said, “Let lights come to
be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day
from the night, and let them be for signs (H226) and
appointed times, and for days and years,
The sun and the
moon are for signs, appointed times, days and
years. We know that the Sabbath is an
appointed time listed in Leviticus chapter
23. We also know:
Exo 31:13 “And you, speak to the
children of Yisra’el,saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to
guard, by all means, for it is a sign (H226) between
Me and you throughout your generations, to know that
I, Yahuah, am setting you apart.
The Sabbath is not only an
appointed time but it is a sign and:
Psa 104:19 He made the moon for appointed
times; The sun knows its going down.
Psa 89:37 “Like the moon, it is
established forever,And the witness in the heaven is
Scripture tells us the moon
is for appointed times, it also tells us the moon
is a faithful witness established forever in the
heavens. Unless we are using the established
witness for the appointed times and its signs then
are we putting up a ‘chistmas tree’? I mean
abolishing the signs of the heavens?
If we put this all together then it seems that
abolishing the signs of the heavens is likened to
one cutting down a tree out of the forest and
taking it home, etc.