Is Jer. 10:1-4 Referring To a Christmas Tree? | Dan Corner

It has been said that Jer. 10:1-4 is about a modern day Christmas tree. Let’s take a look at the passage in question:

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.” (Jer. 10:1-4)

The way a Christmas tree is decorated has some thinking that passage is referring to such, but it isn’t. The context clears up that misconception:

“Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple—all made by skilled workers. But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. (Jer 10:5-10)

The subject is man made wooden idols, which are contrasted with the true and living God in those ten verses. It is not referring to a Christmas tree, as much as some would like it to be. This, however, is not an endorsement of a Christmas tree, but merely stating that Jer. 10:1-4 is not a condemnation of a Christmas tree as some wrongly think. Dan Corner denounces the Santa god and singing to the Christmas tree.

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