By Douglas M. Williams Sr.
“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
“Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6). See also Galatians 1:6-9 and Revelation 22:18-19).
This time of the year we begin to hear and read about Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter. People in many churches celebrate these times, but to learn of these you have to search the history in encyclopedias and the writings of men. The Bible does not teach us to celebrate these things as done today. As the above scriptures show we are not to add to, or take away, or change God’s word in any way. 1 Peter 4:11 states, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” and thus we should speak as the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent.
The word “lent” means springtime, and the subject of this article refers to events that took place and things the Bible says. But the Bible does not teach us to celebrate these things as is done today. We need to realize our mortality as the Bible says we are dust or ashes and will return to that after life on this earth (Genesis 3:19). John 12:13 tells of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem when, among other things, people had branches of palm trees. And after Jesus death on the cross and burial, He was raised on the third day (Matthew 28:1-6). In connection with these things, many people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on a special day each year known as Easter. As mentioned, the way these things are celebrated is not taught in the Bible. Even though the word “Easter” is in Acts 12:4 in the King James Bible, as an unfortunate translation, however, later translations use the word “Passover.”
We should always be thankful for Jesus sacrifice and resurrection. The Bible teaches we are to celebrate His resurrection each first day of the week as we partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7), and not just on one day of the year.