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Most of you have probably never heard of Lag Ba'Omer.
It is not a Biblical festival, but a traditional Jewish one, and there is even disagreement about what it commemorates. As usual, if you want to know more, that's what wikipedia is for.
For now it's enough to know that the most prominent feature of Lag Ba'Omer is the bonfires people light the evening of the holiday and many people, especially kids, stay up all night with these bonfires. In addition to the fact that it's not Biblical, there's a lot about this holiday which is not kosher, and even most Jews outside of Israel don't celebrate it. Needless to say most Christians in Israel or out, don't celebrate it either.
But I think there's a way that we can use this occasion for something positive, and here's how.
In Acts 19:19 we read about an event which occurred in the Greek city of Ephesus;
"Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver."
This passage refers to new Believers who had formally practiced some form of witchcraft or divination. They had scrolls of, for lack of a better term, "spells" which they used to contact the spirits of dead people, etc. They usually did this on behalf of bereaved parents who wanted to have one last chat with their son who was killed in a war, or whatever. They were also paid by sold
The first commandment God ever gave to the Israelites is found in Exodus 12, where He commands them to make a calender and use it to remember important events in the History of His Plan for them (which was really His plan for the salvation and redemption of the entire Human Race.)
With that in mind, let us remember that yesterday was Palm Sunday and this evening is Pesach (Passover).
Palm Sunday is not a Biblicaly ordained Feast but it commemorates a Biblical event, the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as recorded in Luke 19: 28-40. So I think it's good to honor God and edify ourselves by remembering these days, as long as our focus is on the REASON we're marking them and we're learning the spiritual lesson that these events speak about.
Of course, as we know, Jesus was entering Jerusalem for the specific reason that it was the Passover season and He was coming here to eat the Seder with His disciples. So it's also a good thing for Believers to mark Passover, because there are many things in the Passover story that point DIRECTLY to Jesus and His sacrifice for us on the cross.
Here's a link which explains this topic;
Both Palm Sunday and Pessach are the start of an entire week of remembering and medit
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