Comment: Jeremiah 10:2-4

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Jeremiah 10:2-4

The Lord says,

“Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless.

They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over.

Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.”

While it is true that the Christian feast of Christmas includes many pagan customs and symbols such as the Weihnachts Baum and mistletoe for the winter solstice the scripture you quote is talking about pagan idols that were made from wood and decorated with silver and gold. In the time of the New Covenant all these ancient types have a spiritual meaning and are applied to idols of the heart. In this modern age we are surrounded by many substitutes for God that we worship unwittingly in many cases.

One that is easily recognised is similar to the worship of ancient rulers in the way that Pharaoh and Caesar were held to be gods. This is of course the worship of the State which is seen today as the omnipotent supplier of all our needs. Another idol for many Christians is the Jewish State of "Israel" that virtually all the evangelical churches demand be blessed believing that they are commanded to do so by God.

It does not however stop there. We all need to search our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us anything that stands between us and God. "You shall have no other gods before me" is not only a command. In the New Covenant it is a promise as are all the commandments. We can be assured that as we ask the Holy Spirit to remove all impediments that stand between us and God He will be faithful to keep His word to us.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)