101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 22 

Books that Do Not Mention God

What book of the Old Testament does not mention the name God (or any deity) even once?
 

Actually, there are two that do not mention in an overt way the name of God or deity: Song of Solomon and the Book of Esther. These two books in the Hebrew arrangement of the Old Testament are the first and the last book of a section of five books on one scroll called the Megilloth (the Festival Scroll). These five books (Song, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther) were read in the Temple on, respectfully, Passover in early Spring, Pentecost (near the start of Summer), the 10th of Ab (the fifth Hebrew month – at the anniversary of the destruction of both Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple which occurs in high Summer), at Tabernacles which happens near the start of Autumn, and finally the Book of Esther is read a month before Passover at the festival of Purim in late Winter.

Now note this. These two principal books that do not have God’s name in them are associated with the late Winter and early Spring seasons when the pagans began their celebrations regarding the Sun and their nature worship festivities which were the bedrock festival rites of almost all pagan religious beliefs and practices. This is the very time the pagans began to worship nature, and they turned their backs on the real God who created that nature. The emphasis of God at the time was to stay in the background while the heathen carried on with their erroneous ways.

Interestingly, this also applied to the two main Jewish festivals when God allowed the Jews to celebrate their most joyous of feasts (Purim, one month before Passover) and then Passover itself. These were times of festivity designed by God when he allowed a certain amount of levity and fun for his people (and God fully expected his people to participate in the festivities). Other than the regular readings of the Law and Prophets (which occurred every Sabbath and festival days), God as a wise and prudent Father stayed in the background during those times when frivolity and fun took place. God had books read to the people at the time that did not mention him (or did not mention him openly). God also stayed out of all the pagan festivities that took place during those seasonal periods when the flowers and leafy trees were bursting out all over which showed the genius of God’s natural powers. And while the levity and frivolity were entirely acceptable to God, God still stayed in the background. While Israel rejoiced with feasting, God also wanted them to remember at these times the spiritual significance of Passover when God saved all Israel from Egypt, as well as the time of Purim when God saved all the Jews from extinction during the Persian period. While God encourages a reasonable amount of fun and frivolity with God in the background, he wanted his people to remember the serious sides of the times which should accompany the natural enjoyment of life’s pleasures that God wants mankind to experience.


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