Sunday, 23 October 2016

THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

   THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - some observe it, some do not. Whether in THE WORLD or in THE CHURCH, the question of the innocence, or evil, of the tradition arises periodically. Again, in both venues, some celebrate, while others abstain. So where is one to go to discover THE TRUTH about birthday celebrations?      The truth isn't the personal opinion of you, me, or anyone. Truth is absolute, unchanging, and discoverable through Him from whom it flows. Desiring to be honest and upfront, I will inform the reader that this article is written to show the SCRIPTURAL and HISTORICAL view of birthday celebrations. I know the subject is very dear to many people. I would ask, whatever your current belief, that you take the time to read this brief article and PRAY for the truth to be revealed. As believers, we are instructed to "PROVE ALL THINGS" before we "hold them fast."      Annual celebrations of the anniversary of one's birth abound in America today. People like to have their own 'special day' and children especially enjoy getting presents! The adults love to see their children delighting in their gifts (Everyone, churched or un-churched, knows that it feels good to give and then to see the recipient appreciate or enjoy the gift.)      The celebration of birthdays often include very self-indulgent behavior, and sometimes obvious sinful behavior, such as excessive drinking, fornication, and various other forms of covetousness. These are all sins in and of themselves, as is the celebration of birthdays, even apart from them.      There is not simply just one line you can point to for determining where 'celebrating birthdays' originated.  This may be why the question arises periodically today about whether or not its okay to celebrate birthdays. This article should help to make you CERTAIN where those IN THE FAITH should stand in regard to this TRADITION. PRAYER Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.      I wouldn't be much of an example, or a good servant, if I failed to start you off on the right foot. Please take a moment to ASK THE FATHER to open your mind to the Truth, to make your heart flesh (not stone), to take away the stiffness of neck, and to let you have ears to hear. The Scriptures instruct us to ask YHWH when we 'lack wisdom' or to gain knowledge: Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.      Jesus (Yeshua) Himself said in Matthew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." ORIGINS      The next step a Believer should take is to look into the WORD OF GOD. God can reveal much truth through what is said, or not said, in the Scriptures. This is another way to 'put on the mind of Christ' and to have our will transform to match God's Word/Will. Let's see what we can glean then by BLOWING THE DUST OFF OUR BIBLES and reading about our subject matter. THE SCRIPTURES In the Beginning      The very first place you can pinpoint a celebration of a person's birth in the Bible is in in the very first book - Genesis - which means "in the beginning." Genesis 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: 22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.      The first occurrence shows the Egyptian Pharaoh celebrating his own birthday with a birthday feast that gathered all his servants. The Pharaoh was a priest, king and god to the masses and this was a root of the reason for their celebrations. Originally, the birth of common people was not celebrated, but only the birthdays of the gods; and later kings and great ones. As time went on, and since each day had a god associated with it through astrology, as the common people observed these they began to associate the celebrations with their own birthdays as well.

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