The Birthday

If you read the Bible closely, you will see that the celebration of one's birthday is neither sanctioned or encouraged. While this obviously cannot prove birthday celebrations to be either sacred or evil, it does make one wonder why.

The first instance we see of a birthday celebration is in ancient Egypt. Genesis 40:20 - And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

The other Biblical reference to a birthday celebration appears in the New Testament. Matthew 14:6 - But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Oddly enough, both of these references are to evil kings. The Bible does not record birthday celebrations for Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, Saul, David, Solomon, or even Jesus himself. No where in the 70+ years of New Testament history is the birthday of Jesus - or any other believer - celebrated.

What does this tell us? Simply that there is no Christian precedent for birthday celebrations. Is it an evil thing to do? Possibly not - but it does not appear to be something that our LORD encourages or approves. Rather, there is a very real possibility that birthday celebrations have some major pagan roots.

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