**Is not the christmas tree the same tree that Jeremiah warns the Israelites NOT to get involved with?
Did not Ahab bring tree worship into Northern Israel?**
Jeremiah Chapter 10:
Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
Thus says the LORD: Learn not the customs of the nations, and have no fear of the signs of the heavens, though the nations fear them.
** For the cult idols of the nations are nothing, wood cut from the forest, Wrought by craftsmen with the axe,
adorned with silver and gold. With nails and hammers they are fastened, that they may not totter.
Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, they cannot speak; They must be carried about, for they cannot walk**. Fear them not, they can do no harm, neither is it in their power to do good.
No one is like you, O LORD, great are you, great and mighty is your name.
Who would not fear you, King of the nations, for it is your due! Among all the wisest of the nations, and in all their domain, there is none like you.
One and all they are dumb and senseless, these idols they teach about are wooden:
Silver strips brought from Tarshish, and gold from Ophir, The work of the craftsman and the handiwork of the smelter, Clothed with violet and purple- all of them the work of artisans.
Thus shall you say of them: Let the gods that did not make heaven and earth perish from the earth, and from beneath these heavens!
The LORD is true God,
1 Kings Chapter 16
Ahab, son of Omri, did evil in the sight of the LORD more than any of his predecessors.
It was not enough for him to imitate the sins of Jeroboam, son of Nebat. He even married Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and went over to the veneration and worship of Baal.
Ahab erected an altar to Baal in the temple of Baal which he built in Samaria,
and also made a sacred pole. He did more to anger the LORD, the God of Israel, than any of the kings of Israel before him.
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