Do Not Abolish the Signs

We 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 and two.

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 good.”

So let’s take a look at what YirmeYahu says directly before he speaks of the “pagan practice” of the “christmas tree”.  

The ISR version says:

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.

Strong's Concordance


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, scare,terrify.


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:

Jer 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 them.”

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 steadfast.” Selah.

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.