Friday, January 2, 2009

Please Explain: Jeremiah 10: 1-4

I'm confused about the Christmas Tree after I read Jeremiah Chapter 10 verses 1-4 in my bible.

Jeremiah 10

1Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

This is a translation from the King James version at biblegateway.com. There is likely some variation between the 100s of different bibles and translations out there. It seems to me that LORD is saying that the heathens are cutting down trees, decorating them and that's bad.

6 comments:

  1. sounds like reading it in context is a starting point for me. Looking for some background info maybe another avenue I would use to ascertain the intended meaning, which could be a variation from others' interpretations. However, with closely monitered hermanutics, an acurate interpretation can be established.

    Wolverine

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  2. I'll attempt a hebrew word study to draw out a close meaning....

    Wolverine

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  3. Sounds like you've been reading the bible. I'll anxiously await your explanation on how Christmas trees are not a violation of God's word.

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  4. No problem!

    Here is a link that explains this in more detail:

    http://www.orlutheran.com/html/jer10.html

    Contextually if we all fell down and worshipped Christmas trees, then yes, we would be just as guilty of idolatry.

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  5. @Justice. Thanks for the comment and the link. It sounds like an interesting justification rather than an explanation. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet." You can not call it a idol but it's still a decorated tree. I find it fascinating that an all knowing all seeing God produces such ambiguity.

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  6. God says NOT to learn the ways of the heathen. Christmas has it's roots in Pegan Idolatry in the first place. Jesus was not born in the winter, he was born in the fall when the shephards were still tendning their flocks.

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