"Nisan 14, 15"
“Nisan 14, 15”
Some follow-up from a couple of days ago…related to the timing of events during the last days and hours or the Lord’s corporeal existence upon earth.
Had a reader write…
…but my readings this morning are even a clearer statement that the "final Supper " was not a Passover meal (I believe that's what you're showing.) John 18:28 happens the day after the final supper, yet.....
Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
If the Passover meal was the night before…why are the Jewish leaders trying to avoid uncleanness for something they supposedly did the night before? Also, it says they " wanted to be able to eat," a reference to an upcoming meal…
Also, how can Jesus eat the Passover meal if He is the Passover Lamb?
A couple of things.
John 18:28 was not the day after the final supper.
It was the same day.
Remember, the Hebrew/Jewish day begins at sundown.
So, Jesus had the meal in view at the beginning of the day, evening of Nisan 14.
He would die later the same day at 3 p.m.
All the things we see with his arrest, etc. happens on that day.
And there was evening and morning…a day.
(Also, we have both Hebrew timing…day… and Roman timing…hours…in these accounts.)
The preparation and eating of Passover required cleanness.
The Passover meal was prepared on Nisan 14…with the lamb (Lamb!) being killed “between the evenings”…3 p.m.
in the first month, on the fourteenth of the month,
between the evenings, is the passover to Jehovah;
Nisan 14 was called “the day of preparation”.
Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour.
And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
On the day of preparation they prepared the Passover meal.
Again, the meal was eaten at sundown, the beginning of Nisan 15.
Nisan 15 was a “high day”, a “sabbath”.
Not the weekly sabbath.
‘Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
‘On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.
So how did we get so much so wrong in the timing?
Traditions of man based upon ignorance of the Lord’s Word.
What else might fall into this category?
Are we wrong to “celebrate” the varied things associated with “holy week”?
…to be continued…