You’ve all heard the song, “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”, which is sung during the Christmas season. Many people sing it and don’t even realize where it came from. However, today you will learn the facts about how it came from Numbers, chapter 7. You see, there were twelve days that people offered different things unto God, namely animals. Each person gave things in different quantities. For this message, we will look at the twelfth day. “On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan” offered unto God One silver charger, One silver bowl, One golden spoon, One young bullock, One ram, One lamb, One kid of the goats, Two oxen, Five rams, Five he goats, and Five lambs. This is in comparison to the song, “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. “On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming, 11 Pipers Piping, 10 Lords a Leaping, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Maids a Milking, 7 Swans a Swimming, 6 Geese a Laying, 5 Golden Rings, 4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.” What you see here is someone making fun of what took place on this important day of offering to God.
The twelfth day of offerings is written down in the following way as I summarized above. “On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali, offered: His offering was one silver charger, the weight whereof was an hundred and thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering: One golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense: One young bullock, one ram, one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering: One kid of the goats for a sin offering: And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.” (Numbers 7:78-83) Although sacrificial offerings have been fulfilled with Jesus dying for us on the cross, for someone to make fun of what happened in Numbers, chapter 7, is so wrong. After reading this chapter I will never sing or let my children sing “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” again. For anybody to poke fun at God’s Word, the Bible, in a song is so wrong. God’s Words are holy and we should never make light of them. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will learn to honor You day in and day out, not just a single moment in time at church. We can try to play the part of a Christian while we are in church service, but what really counts is how we seek Your hand on a daily basis. I am so glad that You are a God that looks upon the inside of our hearts and not the outside appearance. Truly, our faith is not always scene on the outside, but how we honor You in secret also. I love to do Your will and not have any recorded actions of it. I would never wish to cause people to look at me and what I did instead of looking to You. Lord, I am so tired of most of the music today. Most of the songs and their lyrics degrade people and also You. It is often about pleasing the flesh and doing what we desire and not what You desire of us. What is really sad is when these types of things are mixed in with Christian music. I know that many Christmas songs do not honor you, but to do this with Godly music is where things need to stop. Combining metal and rap with Christian music is also terrible and drives away the Spirit. Help these artists know this truth. I love You, Lord. Amen.