by Dan J. Love, Minister, Sabbatarian Congregations of Yahweh
Very often, in our exuberance to isolate ourselves from
paganism, Sabbath Keepers will completely ignore their birthday and the
birthdays of friends or family. Many will point out the various places
in the Apostolic Writings where pagans or their leaders made use of their
birthday or the birthday of a favored person to bring harm to (a) Sabbath
Keeper(s). Please listen with your heart to what I have to say.Birthdays
are not evil. Everybody has one, and (historically)
there are only a few instances in the Bible where key pagan
leaders used a birthday as an excuse to bring about evil. It is not
birthdays that are evil, but the evildoer; ANY EXCUSE will
suffice to motivate an evil person to do evil. Birthdays are no
different that a natural (relatively
shapeless) rock; and it is not until someone
the rock into an idol that evil enters the picture. There is no
Scripture, Commandment or Ordinance from the word of Yahweh against birthdays.
Yes, Yahweh did say, "Do not to learn the way of the heathen," BUT
birthdays were recognized by Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc., and
yes, even the Messiah was aware of his age. They didn't learn birthdays
from the heathen. Additionally, birthdays were never proclaimed to be a
pagan rite or a religious observance. Evil only enters the picture when
evil people enter the picture, and reshape them into idolatry. It is evil
that turns Holy Days into holidays, and birthdays into godless celebrations.
Are there any instances where Yahweh's people acknowledged birthdays in
Scripture or the Apostolic Writings? Yes, but we have to read
between the lines to realize that the acknowledgement of birthdays is
acceptable. We are only speaking of the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Birthdays Acknowledged in Scripture
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In
the day that Yahweh created man, He made him in Yahweh's likeness.
2 He created them male and female, and blessed them, and
called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 Adam lived one hundred thirty years, and became the father of a son
in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
4 The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred
years, and he became the father of sons and daughters.
5 All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years,
then he died.
Now I ask you, how could it have been possible for "The
Generations of Adam" to have been recorded in Scripture
if Birthdays were not acknowledged? Answer: Neither the "Generations of Adam" nor the generations of any of
Yahweh's Chosen people or their animal sacrifices would have been possible if
they had not kept track of Birthdays.
4 So Abram went, as Yahweh had spoken to him. Lot went with
him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Did Abram have 75 BIRTHDAYS? Yes, and more!
Did Scripture record that animals had birthdays? Absolutely, and
their birthdays were acknowledged and recorded.
9 He said to him, "Take me a heifer three years old, a female
goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtle-dove,
and a young pigeon."
Are there any other incidences of recorded Birthdays? Of course, many
more! As a matter of fact, everyone kept track of their birthdays,
and the birthdays of their family and their animals.
11 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
12 "When you take a census of the children of Israel, according to
those who are numbered among them, then each man shall give a ransom for his
soul to Yahweh, when you number them; that there be no plague among them
when you number them.
13 They shall give this, everyone who passes over to those who are numbered,
half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary; (the shekel is twenty
gerahs;) half a shekel for an offering to Yahweh.
14 Everyone who passes over to those who are numbered, from twenty years
old and upward, shall give the offering to Yahweh.
15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the
half shekel, when they give the offering of Yahweh, to make atonement for
1 Timothy 5:9
9 Let none be enrolled as a widow under sixty years
old, having been the wife of one man,
Now I say to you all, 'Let us use Spiritual Sense here.'
Birthdays are like any other physical act within a persons life.Anything
that takes the place of or has more importance in ones life than obedience to
Yahweh is a sin. Therefore BIRTHDAYS are not a sin unless we put
more emphasis on them than on obedience to Yahweh. Additionally,
sending someone a Birthday Card is not a selfish (sinful)
act, unless there is an underlying evil intent or selfish motive.
Birthdays should be a time of personal inner reflection, for giving
praise, and being thankful to Yahweh. It is never a time to be
selfish, rude or unloving. So go make someone happy, acknowledge their
birthday, and send them a Birthday Card, a Birthday Note or give
them a Birthday Call. It is always lawful to do good, even on a
Spiritual sense and . . . .