Why the Survey?
Netzarim Jews and Spiritual Israel of Elohim who do not celebrate birthdays as the "worldly" do, neither of course is the birthday of Yeshua celebrated. It is common to acknowledge a birthday and the number of one's years, but not make any boast in the flesh about it. The followers of Yeshua do not celebrate birthdays as the world does for many reasons, none the least being that our Saviour is given a pagan birthday party "in the name of Jesus" every year on the rebirth of the sun-day (Tammuz worship), long ago established by pagan Catholics as Christmas (Christ's Mass).
Netzarim followers of Yeshua celebrate the Moedim (appointed times) of YHWH with enthusiasm and gratitude knowing that Yeshua is the substance of these celebrations. On the Moedim each soul in attendance is appreciated and honored both individually and collectively as YHWH's peculiar treasure. Each of the Moedim establishes the foundation of the new birth in Mashiyach, the Moedim and those who celebrate them are set apart unto YHWH. Whereas birthdays have pagan origins and are after the tradition of men.
While it is healthy thing to consider the days and years of our lives, and to number our days, it is another thing to endow oneself with pomp and circumstance on the anniversary of one's birth. Certainly we know of the length of days of many righteous men in Scriptures, but NONE of these men have ever been recorded as having a birthday party for themselves.
Some find it necessary to inform others of their physical birthday in the Roman calendar, their rebirth-day when they were baptized into "the Church" and their birthday as it coincides to the Hebrew calendar, some announce their Birthdays with an expectation of receiving a token gift from others. To publicly state birthdays and ages of individuals within the Body of Mashiyach is a warm and healthy way to acknowledge the brotherhood, without becoming excessive. But there is no authority in the Ruach HaKodesh that advocates the celebration of ones birthday.
Let each one be fully convinced in the Ruach HaKodesh, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as Elohim has dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3
YHWH be with you,
Baruch Ben Daniel
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