May 26, 2016
Today is Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the omer count. While it is not a public holiday in Israel, schools close for the day, and bonfires are lit throughout the communities. The origins of the holiday have their roots in paganism, although many today say that it is a day to commemorate the death of a famous rabbi. If we use the traditions of pagan idolatry to celebrate the life of a holy man, does this truly honor that man?
Sadly, this too closely resembles the celebration of Christmas, which was outlawed in the United States as a pagan holiday until 1836. Just like Lag BaOmer, at Christmastime we use the traditions of pagan idolatry to celebrate the life of Yeshua. Does this make sense? Does this give proper honor to the King of Kings? I wonder how the Father feels about this. I know He didn’t like the golden calf.