Two Different Roots, Two Different Trees

Monday, December 24, 2012

“For 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. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:3,4 KJV).

Currently, Christmas trees decked with “silver and gold” tinsel and ornaments are commonplace. Interestingly, today’s Scripture describes such an object… a pagan idol.

The prophet Jeremiah declared (circa 600 B.C.): “Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: thus 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” (verses 1,2). Jeremiah then proceeds to tell Israel of the heathen’s ways (today’s Scripture). The heathens (Gentiles) chop down trees, set them elsewhere, and fashion idols by decking them with “silver and gold.” (This is why some Christians prefer not to display a Christmas tree in their homes.)

Jeremiah continues (verses 5-7): “They [the pagan idols] are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.”

Pagan Gentiles bowed and prayed to these wooden, worthless, mindless idols which did nothing for them… except distract them from worshipping the only true God. Sadly, Israel was just as guilty of this pagan worship, having “idols under every green tree (Deuteronomy 12:1-4; 1 Kings 14:22,23; 2 Kings 17:7-23; et al.).

Like the pagan idols of old, the Christmas tree keeps people preoccupied with the wrong tree! The Christmas tree decorated with hanging ornaments and tinsel is nothing compared to Calvary’s tree decorated with the hanging body of Jesus Christ. Rather than silver and gold, it was decked with crimson red, the precious blood of God’s Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Unlike the Christmas tree, Calvary’s tree has no pagan roots.

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2 thoughts on “Two Different Roots, Two Different Trees”

  1. “Pagan Gentiles bowed and prayed to these wooden, worthless, mindless idols which did nothing for them… except distract them from worshipping the only true God.”
    I love your posts, and read and share them everyday, and though I agree that we should not create idols or worship anything other than the One true God, I’ve yet to go into the home of ANYONE, who has decided to put up a Christmas tree in their home, and find them bowed down and worshipping their trees! In this age of grace, I believe that we have to be careful NOT to do what God’s Word says that He isn’t doing either….Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”, Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” I believe that, sometimes, we as mid-Act, dispenstational, right dividing members of the church the body of Christ, can get so involved in picking on things like this that we we ourselves forget that what matters is the heart! 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” I sometimes wonder if we are guilty of making this type of “stuff”, (finger pointing), OUR IDOL, focusing more on WHAT people are DOING, rather than WHO they are TRUSTING! How many people have we turned away because of this? There are many things, in our everyday life, that have some connection to pagan roots….even the names of our days of the week, yet I’m not going to go around telling people not to use a calendar or say the word, “Friday!” Just as your scripture reference states, “Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” It is the spirit we see this time of year, one of love, giving, caring and sharing, that represents Christ, not a tree! Grace & peace!

    1. Hello, Vanessa, and I’m glad to hear from you. I’m glad I made you think about that topic.

      I never suggested that people–particularly Christians–worship Christmas trees. All I wrote was that an idol very similar to our modern-day Christmas tree, was once used to distract people away from the one true God. In the post, I never told anyone to stop displaying Christmas trees. However, it does bring up a point. If someone is offended by those Scriptures, I’m not going to apologize. I’m being honest and polite, and I’d rather tell people the truth from the Bible, and turn them away using that, than have them hear nothing from God’s Word, and then I’d be the hypocrite because I claim to be believe God’s Word and I’d not support it. Giving people what they want to hear will profit them nothing spiritually. Remember what Paul wrote to the Galatians, who disliked what he wrote to them, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16).

      What we need to think about is LOST people. Suppose that a lost person read in the Bible about a tree decked with silver and gold, and that it was an idol that God forbade. Then, he or she sees a Christian with a Christmas tree, decked with ornaments and tinsel. Doesn’t that confuse the lost person? Won’t that make the Christian look dishonest? The Christian preaches the Bible, but doesn’t even follow it? That’s why I’m not comfortable with Christmas trees. Indeed, it is about faith, and faith doesn’t lead me to display Christmas trees.

      If you or anyone else wants to have them, that’s your liberty, but the verses I cited are my authority, and I’m just going to follow them. Grace and peace!

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