Under a More Heavy Bondage

Jerusalem, Solomon's Temple. 009.Holy land photographed. Daniel B. Shepp. 1894

It is good to ponder the observance of Christmas and other feast days apart from the emotion of the season:

“Yes, some will say, to observe the Jewish days after they were abolished by God, was sinful and dangerous, but we do not keep Jewish days. But mark what these men say, God abolishes his own, and yet they think he gives liberty to man to set up others. If upon God’s abolishing his own, men have liberty to set up theirs, then Christians are under a more heavy bondage, and grievous pedagogy, than ever the Jews were, for it is better to have a hundred days of God’s appointing, than one of man’s, and more honourable. Further, if God appoint, there needs no scruple, as if man appoint: yea, if God appoint, we may expect a special blessing, and efficacy, and presence of God; we cannot expect such things in man’s appointment. Now, if when God has taken away Jewish ceremonies and days, man might lawfully appoint others as he pleases, we may pray to God with good reason to bring us under the bondage of the law again, rather than to be thus under man’s power.”

~Burroughs on Hosea.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88256-Do-you-plan-on-celebrating-Christmas/page3, Comment #86

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