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Ancient Hebrew Birthdays - Why Most Modern Celebrations are Bad

Birthday celebrations are not scripTURal. Birthday celebrations, including special meals, presents and blessings, are a "set aside time" that is kept in devotion to the worship of self. Worshipping self is a form of idolatry. We are only commanded to keep the set-apart times of IEUE. These are listed in UIQaRA (Leviticus) 23. Presents were only given to IEUESHUO because He is a King. All birthday accounts in scripTURE are negative. Birthday celebration customs are steeped in paganism.


by John D. Keyser, Hope of Israel Ministries

by John D. Keyser, Hope of Israel Ministries

by The Restored Church of God

Job Prayed to AL SHaDI that His Children Would not Celebrate their Birthdays

IUB (aka Job) tried to petition to AL SHaDI on behalf of his children because they were celebrating his son's birthdays. ScripTURE calls their birthdays "their days".

Job 1:4 And his sons went and had a feast in the house of each on his day, and sent and invited their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

Job 1:5 And it came to be, when the days of feasting had gone round, that IUB would send and set them apart, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings – the number of them all – for IUB said, “It might be that my sons have sinned and cursed ALEIM in their hearts.” This IUB always did.

Celebrating Birthdays is Self Worship

Birthdays are all about self. We are commanded to die to self.

1Co 15:31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in MaSHICH IEUESHUO our Master, I die day by day. (The Scriptures '98+, with ancient Hebrew)

The Christmas Link

Many think they ought to bring gifts to their children on their birthday because gifts were brought to IEUESHUO. What they fail to see that it was done primarily because this was the tradition of bringing gifts to Kings. We see nothing in scripture to commemorate IEUESHUO's "first" birthday, or any other of His birthdays. Thus we should follow that example for ourselves, our children, relatives and friends.

IEUE is more concerned with us remembering MaSHICH's death, burial and resurrection than his birth, because his blood atones for our sin. This is the reason why we have PaXaCH (aka Passover).


Celebrating birthdays is a form of idolatry. We are commanded to flee from all idolatry, and learn not the way of the nations.

(The Scriptures '98+) Jer 10:1 Hear the word which יהוה speaks to you, O house of Yisra’ĕl. Jer 10:2 Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, 1 and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them. 2 Footnotes: 1Lev. 18:3, Dt. 12:30 & 18:9, Ezek. 11:12 & 20:32, Eph. 4:17, 1 Peter 4:3. 2Dt. 4:19 & 17:3.

Extra #1: But It's OK to Keep Track of Birthdays

I don't celebrate birthdays but I think we must at minimum remember them to keep track of them and hence our age. One question I sometimes ask people on their birthdays is "How does it feel to be [their new age]?" or "How does it feel to be another year older?" This is to help them to examine what type of person they are. So I try to use the birthday as a progress tool.

Another example is that I would not rule out taking a photo of my children (if I had them) on their birthday each year and doing a reflective diary exercise with them on their characteristics and interests so they can see how they have changed after every year of their life. They could then look back at any stage and thank IEUE for their blessings and for helping them change into better people.

Article Last Updated Jan 24, 2012.

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