Lent originally was a time of fasting which lasted 40 days, leading up to Easter. Shrove Tuesday marked the beginning of Lent, when perishable foods such as eggs were used up - hence the making of pancakes. Nowadays most people just give up one or two things for Lent.
The word 'lent' does not appear in the Bible, but fasting is mentioned several times.
Did Jesus keep Lent?
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. (Matthew 4:1,2)
Why did he fast?
So if Lent is not in the Bible, where does it come from?
Is Tammuz mentioned in the Bible?
He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:13,14)
Here, God calls the worship of Tammuz an abomination.
Are we commanded to keep Lent?
Should we keep Lent?
Should we fast?
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Will God be pleased with me if I fast?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
The only way to find out more about how we should lead our lives and how we should worship God correctly is to read His word, the Bible. We have a Free Bible reading course which we hope will help you in your reading and understanding of the Bible.
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