Several years ago, I had a man at church tell me that Christmas trees were pagan idols and were expressly forbidden in the Bible. He used Jeremiah 10:2-4 to prove his point. How brilliant is it that God condemned the use of trees to commemorate and celebrate the first coming of Christ nearly 2,000 years before the invention of the Christmas tree? After all, Christmas trees were first recorded to be used by German Lutherans in the 1500s. Protestant Reformer, Martin Bucer, had a Christmas tree placed in the Cathedral of Strasbourg in 1539. If only he had known that Jeremiah foresaw such wickedness and spoke out against it nearly 2000 years earlier. If you are detecting a hint of sarcasm in the tone of my voice, you would be correct. I am not trying to be crass, but this position has given me two notable observations: one, there are some real “Scrooges” out there, and two, there is a dearth when it comes to rightly dividing the word of truth. I don’t know that I can do much about the “Scrooges”. I’m not Jacob Marley or the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. But I am a Bible teacher. So let’s look at Jeremiah 10.
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