It is important to note exactly what Aaron had done—he had taken a pagan object from Egypt, wrapped in a new appearance by erecting God’s altar in front of it, and had celebrated a feast.
Was God pleased? Allow the narrative to explain the situation.
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.‘
“I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.” Exodus 32:7–10
Fortunately Moses interceded for the people, and they were not destroyed. Window-dressing a pagan celebration was totalling unacceptable to God.
“Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.”
“But”, you might respond, “these statements have each been taken from the Old Testament, and we live under the New Testament”. True, but do we honour a God who keeps changing what He wants, or do we honour an unchanging God, whose standards are unwavering? The New Testament expresses the same requirements.
“The sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:20,21
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11,12
Halloween and the Parent.
As a parent, we have responsibility for the correct training of our children. To teach our children to imitate the practices of witches and the occult is dangerous.
The Bible states an important, vital principle:
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Jesus said to his disciples,
“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2
The apostle Peter had a message that is still applicable in our own day.
“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:3–5
Let us therefore stand firmly against the celebration of Halloween.