Verse of the Day – Nov. 24, 2023

Verse of the Day – Nov. 24, 2023

November 24, 2023 – Friday 

Jeremiah 10:2-5    NKJV 

Thus says the Lord: 

“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;  

  Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, F or the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 
For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest,
  The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple.
They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried,
  Because they cannot go by themselves.
  Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.” 

Comments 

I don’t know about you, but I (we) usually put up our Christmas tree sometime during the first week of December. But this year for some reason I am putting it up tonight. Oh yeah, our son, his wife, and two of the Grand kids are coming over tomorrow to decorate the tree. Thus, I better get it up tonight after this Verse of the Day is done.  

You make be thinking okay, you are going to put up your tree whenever you choose to put up your tree. But what’s the big deal anyway? Well, there is no big deal really, but if you read the verses above carefully you will find what some people, some churches, maybe even some denominations use to condemn Christmas trees. After all most Christmas trees are cut down unless you use an artificial tree like we do to avoid the pine needles everywhere by the time Christmas is over. Not only do we cut use a tree that is cut down (or one that looks like it has been), but we go ahead and decorate it. However, I have never seen one decorated with silver and gold. Nonetheless, we do our best to make sure they are upright and there was a time they were nailed to boards so they would not topple over. 

Now go back and look at how verse two begins, Thus says the Lord. What we are reading are God’s instructions for Jeremiah to share with the Jewish people. Still, let’s skip down to verse five, They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.” You do not have to read between the lines here, He, the Lord our God, is talking about trees that have been made into idols! He is not talking about a tree we use to celebrate the birth of His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior. There is a note to verse three in the NET that reads, This passage is dripping with sarcasm. It begins by talking about the “statutes” of the pagan peoples as a “vapor” using a singular copula (הוּא, hu’, “it,” functioning as subject for an understood verb) and singular predicate. Then it suppresses the subject, the idol, as though it were too horrible to mention, using only the predications about it.  

I don’t know about you, but I expect you – all of you – have never worshipped a Christmas tree and never made it an idol. I am almost 76 years old and have never heard of anyone worshiping a Christmas tree. I know many people, hundreds, maybe even a few thousand who love having a Christmas tree to celebrate the humble birth of Jesus. They love that a time is set aside for our celebration of His birth in a terribly secular world.  

Bottom Line: Know that this scripture is not about a Christmas tree but is instead one more example of God’s disdain for those who worship idols made with their own hands. Go ahead and celebrate God’s love through the birth of Jesus, God coming to us in human form.   

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving us so much You sent Your Son to us as a babe to be born and placed in a manger. Thank You for Your wonderful gift to all of mankind. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ       

Riley D. Driver – Pastor    

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