Again, another extended series of passages that cover the last day of the Lord on this earth...well sorta, up to that time, at His first coming...etc. etc.
This was the day that the Lord was crucified.
The Lord died at 3 p.m. on Nisan 14 - our Wednesday afternoon.
Yes. He did not die on “Good Friday”.
Why the error in the practice of most of the church?
Jesus was hurried off the cross and into a tomb due to the impending sabbath day.
It was not the weekly sabbath - friday sundown to saturday sundown.
The next day was the “holy convocation” - sabbath day - of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
So, Jesus was killed Wednesday afternoon.
He was placed in the tomb by sundown
Thursday evening/day - Day 1.
Friday evening/day - Day 2.
Saturday evening day - Day 3
Jesus Himself said that He would be in the earth for three days and three nights - this negates the “partial day” argument.
Jesus was resurrected sometime early on the first day of the week...our Saturday evening/Sunday morning early.
The Scripture is really quite clear about this.
So, read the Word. (Beware the man-provided titles, etc.)
Realize what the Lord endured for us.
Rejoice in Him.
Call upon Him. Be saved today...especially if the Lord is revealing that you are “religious”, yet have not been transformed.
Note, Jesus abolished “the lamb” and established a New Covenant.
Also, we see that a large portion of the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, John - deal with what happened on this day.
Spend the next couple of days reading the passages...
We give thanks.
You can view a chart version of what we have covered lately.
Go here… Jesus’ Last Week
...continued from previous posts…
Our Monday sunset to Tuesday sunset
We are drawing near…
The portion of the Word related to events that occurred on this day is extensive, yes, and long. Take the time to read through the passages. Meditate upon them. You will get a true understanding of what the Lord endured in these days.
Matthew 21:23-26:13 or http://tinyurl.com/3nnlw84
Mark 11:20-14:9 or http://tinyurl.com/3wtsqp3
Luke 20:1-21:38 or http://tinyurl.com/3j3rwq4
A view notes…
- Jesus was in Jerusalem again, teaching in the Temple
- Jesus was sharing parables and answering questions
- Jesus gives tremendous insight into things yet to come
- “After two days is the Passover…” timing element…
- Note the heart of the Lord for the people
- Note the vigor with which He addressed the religious rulers - “hypocrites”!
Tomorrow will be the day of preparation...
Give thanks to the Lord for what He has done for man.
Rejoice in Him.
Today is a day worthy of commemoration and celebration - far more than most of the days that are set aside for such.
Today is often referred to as Patriot’s Day.
Sadly, most have never heard of such.
Look at some of the things that occurred on this day in the past…(keep in mind that the Wikipedia articles can be biased in varied ways...but are useful for a jumping off point in research...and for basic event info)
- American revolution began in 1775, battles of Lexington and Concord
- Baltimore riot of 1861 - pro-secession group in Baltimore attacks U.S. Army troops marching through the city
- Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 (an amazing event of which most have never heard)
- Bay of Pigs ended in “success for the defenders”...love that description, I guess “defeat for the aggressors” is politically incorrect.
- Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord sieged by FBI - 1985 No, I do not agree with the group’s “theology and practice”, nor do I advocate government attacks.
- Branch Davidian compound was attacked, gassed, burned in 1993
- Murrah building in Oklahoma city was bombed, 1995
Let us give heed to the witnesses that have gone before.
It is time...thus far and no more.
Be ever vigilant.
Trust in the Lord.
Rest in the Lord.
See to it that you be not deceived.
See to it that you are not terrorized.
Press’n on in examining the Word of the Lord related to the days prior to Jesus being crucified…
We do not know all the details.
Some of what we do know can be interpreted in varied ways.
Yet, the foundation is clear.
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
It is now Nisan 12.
Two days to Nisan 14, Passover.
Nisan 12, Third Day Before Passover
Our Sunday sunset to Monday sunset
Read the following portions of the Word
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Conner gives this brief outline to the events of the day…
- in the morning (our Monday a.m) the Lord returns to Jerusalem
- the fig-tree cursed
- the temple, further cleansing (the whole thought of repeated cleansing is interesting)
- in the temple, further teaching “certain Greeks”
- opposition of the rulers
- Jesus goes out of the city (probably to Bethany)
The encounter with the fig tree is interesting.
Jesus was hungry.
He was human as we.
When He saw that the tree consisted of leaves only, no fruit, Jesus declared that no fruit was to grow it from then on. Presently the fig tree withered away. Mark tells us it was not the season for figs. Hummm?
Jesus was not moving out of anger, resentment, frustration nor hunger.
He was giving a living parable.
Some say that the fig tree represented Israel.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
The Fig Tree does not always represent Israel.
It can be argued that it never “represents” Israel.
Yes, Israel was like this particular fig tree - leafy and green...a great show of religion, yet empty of the Lord...even the Temple did not have the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies.
Still, the greater teaching of the fig tree here is that of faith and prayer.
Jesus declared the points…
If ye have faith, and doubt no, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;, it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Asking in all things.
Asking in all things in prayer.
You shall receive.
The question often arises.
“Then why is it that I ask and do not receive?”
Because we pray from selfish, fleshly desire.
We do not pray that which Father is releasing.
Again, note the reaction of the chief priests and scribes…
- began to seek how to destroy Him
- they were afraid of Him
- because the whole crowds were astonished at His teaching
- Luke tells us that the people were hanging on to very word He said
Why did the leadership react this way?
Fear of loss of control and manipulation.
We also see that Jesus went daily to the temple, teaching the people and religious leadership.
The John passage is worth close examination...today. Read it a couple of times. Meditate. Watch what Jesus said…
- the hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified
- corn of wheat die...much fruit
- he that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal
- if any man serve me, let him follow me
- now my soul is troubled…
- Father, glorify Thy name… God responds from heaven!
- now is the judgment of this world
- now shall the prince of this world be cast out
- I will be lifted up from the earth.. signifies the type of death
Still the people did not believe.
Though many believed, even the chief rulers.
They could not believe - eyes blinded, hearts hardened.
Those who do not believe will not be judged by Jesus, but by the Word He spoke which came from Father.
Jesus spoke what Father said.
So should we.
May the Lord bless you for your perseverance in rightly dividing and handling His Word of Truth.
Let us continue examining what the Lord reveals…
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Nisan 11th, the fourth day before Passover
Our Saturday sunset to Sunday sunset, the Gentile “Palm Sunday”
Three of the gospels speak to events of this day.
Read the passages.
Seek the Lord.
Some, including Kevin Conner who I mentioned I am following with this chronology, believe that we see a “second” entry into Jerusalem - this one being what we call the “triumphant entry”. I am not certain of this, but it is worthy of consideration. They believe that the Lord went into Jerusalem from Bethphage the first time, then Bethany the second.
We see in these passages that the Lord weeps over Jerusalem.
He enters the temple.
He returns to Bethany.
A couple of other things should be noted.
The Pharisees were among the multitude. When they saw the people giving praise and adoration to Jesus they approached Jesus and told him to rebuke his disciples. Jesus’ response is amazing…”if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Jesus then wept over the city.
If only they had accepted the peace of the Lord.
Now, such was hidden from their eyes.
The Lord then declared/prophesied what would happen to Jerusalem..
- days shall come
- enemies will cast a trench about them
- encircle them on every side
- lay them to the ground...children included
- not a stone left upon another
- because they did not recognize the time of their visitation
(This was fulfilled in all that happened to Jerusalem from 70 A.D. to the first part of the 2nd century)
John tells us more.
Even the disciples did not understand all these things at first. But, when Jesus was glorified, they remembered the things that were written of Him and what had been done to Him.
The people who were with the Lord when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead (that is an interesting phrase...is there a difference?) continued to testify about Jesus.
Because of this testimony, people went and met the Lord. They had heard of the sign he performed.
The response of the Pharisees - the religious leadership?
They were fighting among themselves saying “you see that you are not doing any good.”
Because “the world has gone after Him.”
Oh that the “world would go after Him” because of our testimony and the signs He does through His Body.
We continue through the Word examining the last days of Jesus...on the earth...during the “Passion” week...well, you understand.
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Nisan 10th, the fifth day before Passover
Our Friday sunset to Saturday sunset
This was the weekly Sabbath.
As one would expect, the Lord “did” little this day.
1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
- The Lord passes the Sabbath at Bethany
- After sunset, likely the sunset after the Sabbath - our Saturday, the first of three suppers was made, probably at the house of Lazarus, Bethany.
- At the supper the first of two anointings took place.
Mary gave from her heart.
She gave much from a material sense.
The anointing of Jesus’ feet, the wiping with her hair, the house filled with the odor of the ointment, paint a picture of intimate repentance before the Lord.
Of course, the “religious mindset” rises up.
Judas Iscariot - Simon’s son - one described as “betrayer”, “carer not for the poor” and “thief”, protested.
Would not the value of the ointment be better used for the poor?
Judas did not care. Note how he gave an immediate appraisal of the value of the “wasted” ointment. He did care about the money - he “had the bag, and bare what was put therein” - the disciples treasurer. He wanted the money.
We hear the same today within political discourse.
Everything is done “for the children.”
The reality is that Judas did not care for the poor.
The reality is that Judas was a thief.
The reality is that Judas is a betrayer.
The amazing, mysterious reality is that Jesus knew all this about Judas, and loved him.
Jesus calmly (at least in my reading ) tells Judas to leave her alone, then, explains what just happened.
Mary had done this “against the day of my burying…”
The NASB translates “so that she may keep it for the day of My burial.”
Jesus is telling them that his death is upcoming...soon.
He is telling them that this is part of the preparation.
Then, the Lord says this…
For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
Many have attempted to color Jesus as cold and callous in this statement.
This is simply as statement of fact of His impending departure.
There is a time for everything.
A large crowd of Jews gathered, hearing that Jesus was there and Lazarus.
Lazarus was a major attraction - the man raised from the dead.
The chief priests were incensed - as “religious” leadership always is when the power and attention is moving away from them.
Many of the Jews were deserting them and believing Jesus.
They decided to kill Lazarus.
There is something strangely, sadly humorous here.
They were angry because folk wanted to see someone who had been raised from the dead. They were angry because many Jews were believing Jesus. The chief priests response? - “Let’s kill him”.
Yep. That will prove that you are more powerful. You can kill.
But, what do you do with someone who can bring them back to life?
Jesus was crucified on Passover.
He was/is the “Passover Lamb”.
Let us look at what the Word tells us.
(I draw heavily from the guidance provided by Kevin Conner in his booklet “The Three Days and Three Nights” ISBN 0949829 19 6 - the best synopsis of the issue that I know.)
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Nisan 9th would be the sixth day before Passover
Our Thursday sunset to Friday sunset
Luke 19 and Matthew 21 cover events of this day. Read the passages.
Give close attention to travel flow, geography, city, etc.
Note the folk Jesus encounters.
Note what He does.
The Lord approaches Jerusalem from Jericho - Luke 19:1-10
He passes our Thursday night at the house of Zacchaeus - Luke 19:5
He delivers the Parable of the Mina - Luke 19:11-27
He proceeds toward Jerusalem - Luke 19:28
He sends two disciples for an ass and a colt - Matthew 21:1-7
He makes His first entry from Bethphage (not Bethany) - Matthew 21:8-9
He is unexpected and they ask “Who is this?” - Matthew 21:10-11
He cleanses the temple - Matthew 21:12-16
He returns to Bethany - Matthew 21:17
Zacchaeus the chief tax collector, a sinner...Jesus stayed with him.
We learn that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus tells the Parable of the Mina…
Jesus heads toward Jerusalem…
Jesus instructs two disciples as to where to go and what they will find - “into the village opposite you” ...an ass and colt. Word of Knowledge? Revelation from Father.
Definitely fulfillment of prophecy.
The Crowd...most spread their coats in the road...branches on the road...shouting “Hosanna…”
Who is this?
Prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.
Jesus enters the temple and drives out those who were buying and selling.
“My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a robber’s den”.
Note the next verse…
“And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.”
(I suspect that the blind and lame are not healed among us because of the shenanigans of the robber’s den. It is time to cleanse the household of faith. Let us begin with ourselves.)
Of course, the religious leadership - the chief priests and scribes - became indignant when they saw “the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David”.
Jesus’ reply to the indignant leadership?
“Yes, have you never read ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?”
A busy day in the life of the Savior.
A day of praise, adoration and rejoicing.
A day of wonder.
A day of building turmoil.
Six days before the Passover…
“Nisan 14th, 15th”
Following our last lengthy...sorry ...time together let’s look at one major point today.
As mentioned previously, the Lord was not crucified on Friday.
I know that many say that it was on Friday due to the verse that states that the next day was the sabbath.
The next day was a sabbath, but not the weekly sabbath.
As you saw yesterday, the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread was on Nisan 15th.
So, here is what we have.
Passover - Nisan 14th
Unleavened Bread - Nisan 15th, 7 days long.
The first day of Unleavened Bread was a “holy convocation”...a sabbath day.
This is the day that is referenced.
In communicating the account of Joseph claiming the body of Jesus, Luke says…
54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
The phrase “the preparation day” is a key.
Remember, the Jewish day began at 6 p.m. until 6 p.m. the next day - evening and morning.
The day of preparation was Nisan 14th, the Passover day. On this day they would prepare for the Passover meal. The lamb would be sacrificed by the family in “the evening”...mid-afternoon.
Jesus fulfilled this.
He was on the cross from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nisan 14th, the day of Passover.
After the Passover meal was prepared, they sat to partake...in the evening, as the calendar day turned to Nisan 15th, the first day of Unleavened Bread - a holy convocation.
This is the reason that we see the phrase “feast of Unleavened Bread” and “Passover” used synonymously in the Gospels. It became somewhat like what we experience when we say “the holidays” - meaning Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year.
So, upon what day was the Lord crucified?
Nisan 14th. Our Wednesday.
Now, some will say “but I thought that the Jews consider a portion of a day to be counted as a day…?”
This is true.
But, the Lord specifically stated…
39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus speaks of three full days and three full nights.
This is enlightening.
This is not a portion of a day.
The last week of Jesus’ life contained two sabbaths - the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the weekly sabbath.
Jesus was place in the tomb “before the sabbath” - the Feast of Unleavened Bread (our Wed. 6 p.m. - Thu. 6 p.m.)
Jesus was resurrected on the “morrow after the sabbath” - the weekly sabbath (our Friday 6 p.m. - Saturday 6 p.m.) More on this later.
A question might come to mind...what meal did the Lord have with His disciples? Was the last meal the Passover meal?
Jesus did not eat the traditional “Passover” meal. He was the Passover lamb. He established something else. The sacrifice and eating of the lamb was replaced with the remembrance of His broken Body and shed blood.
A quick word of warning...
Do not get arrogant and puffed up. Do not go out and start the “First Church of Correct Passion Chronology”. Simply rejoice in the Lord and the Glory of His way. Know that there is tremendous fruit and blessing in handling accurately the Word of Truth.
Thought we would spend the next few days looking at what the Word of God has to say about the last days that the Lord was upon the earth.
Easter is Sunday, April 24th, this year.
Those of y’all local know that I give little credence to “easter” as a day. It is simply another example of how the early, institutional structure called “the church” sought to sanitize pagan practices. “Christmas” is the same.
4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
“Easter” was actually a fertility celebration...new life...spring, etc. That is the reason that the world has associated eggs, rabbits and the like with the day.
True Believers know that we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with every breath we breathe.
Several questions have come my way of late.
We will look at them.
The following is often asked...
Why is Easter on different days?
What determines the date?
The short answer is that the Sunday of Easter is always the Sunday immediately following the Paschal full-moon after the vernal (spring) equinox.
Glad that is clarified, huh?
The long answer is far more complicated and gives understanding as to why the Greek Orthodox tradition has Easter some 13 days later than we do...but that is a story for another time.
The institutional church sought to keep the date of Easter aligned with the Jewish Feast of Passover.
Often it is said that Passover changes date from year to year...read that in several sources. This is wrong.
Passover is to be celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan. Hebrew calendar, not our Gregorian (nor the Greek Orthodox Julian).
I am convinced that complete understanding of what the Lord reveals in His Word will shed much light on all things. Such is the case here.
One can not fully understand the last days of the Lord on the earth if one is ignorant of the Feasts of the Lord.
One can not fully understand the last days that we are living in if we are ignorant of the Feasts.
One will not understand the days yet to come if unacquainted with the Feasts.
The Lord gave Israel 7 Feasts to celebrated on an annual basis.
They are often called the “Feasts of Israel” though the “Feasts of the Lord” would be more accurate.
Now, take a few moments to read this passage...it is not that long…most of us will spend more time watching tv commercials today than it takes to read this…
1 The LORD spoke again to Moses, saying,
2 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD'S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations--My appointed times are these:
3 'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings.
Verses 1-3 explain the weekly sabbath. This is important...
4 'These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.
5 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.
You see the repeated descriptions…”appointed times of the Lord”, “holy convocations”.
“Holy convocation” is a “sabbath” day. Hummmm...
Verses 4-5 describe Passover - Nisan 14.
6 '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.
7 'On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.
8 'But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.'"
Verses 6-8 describe the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Note “holy convocation”. This is important.
Ok, I’ll drop the bomb.
Jesus was not crucified on what we call “Good Friday.”
Now, I hasten to say that this is nothing to separate fellowship over...I still participate in “Good Friday” gatherings, but, why not handle accurately the Word of Truth?
Again, Jesus was not crucified on Friday.
That should set off several questions in your mind.
It should also answer a couple.
Answers are to be found in this passage.
We will pick this up later...
9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
10 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.
11 'He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
12 'Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD.
13 'Its grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a hin of wine.
14' Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
Verses 9-14 explain the Feast of First Fruits...the one you rarely hear about.
Note the timing…”when you enter the land” - so they did not celebrate this during the wilderness years… “on the day after the sabbath”… Hummmm...
15 'You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths.
16 'You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD.
17 'You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD.
18 'Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.
19 'You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings.
20 'The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the LORD; they are to be holy to the LORD for the priest.
21 'On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.
22 'When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'"
Verses 15-22 explain the Feast of Pentecost.
Note the timing elements...7 sabbaths, 50 days
Note the sacrificial process...especially the bread...2 loaves...hummmm…
Hang in there now...nearly done.
The first four “spring” Feasts were fulfilled in the Lord Jesus when He came as Savior.
The last three “fall” Feasts have yet to be fulfilled by the Lord, but will be when He returns.
23 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25 'You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'"
Verses 23-25 explain the Feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets - Rosh Hashanah
Note - holy convocation.
26 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
27 "On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.
28 "You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God.
29 "If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.
30 "As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
31 "You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
32 "It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath."
Verses 27-32 explain the Feast of Yom Kippor - the Day of Atonement
Note the precision of timing “exactly on the 10th day…”, “on the 9th of the month at evening”…
Note the command to do no work, to humble self…
Note - holy convocation.
33 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
34 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD.
35 'On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind.
36 'For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.
37 'These are the appointed times of the LORD which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the LORD--burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each day's matter on its own day--
38 besides those of the sabbaths of the LORD, and besides your gifts and besides all your votive and freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD.
39 'On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day.
40 'Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.
41'You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42'You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths,
43 so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'"
44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the LORD.
Verses 33-43 explain the Feast of Booths - Succoth.
Note the length - 7 days
The Feasts of the Lord give tremendous insight to the first and next coming of the Lord.
So, Jesus was not crucified on Friday.
On what day?
The answer is in this passage…and the New Testament...
Pray for Judy and family, Steven, Lynsi…
We need to pray without ceasing that the Lord will do a couple of things…
- forgive us for the leadership that we have placed in office
- raise up God-fearing and God-honoring people to lead
I’ve had some inquiries as to the reason that we are facing a “government shutdown” at the federal level.
The reason is very simple.
It was planned.
Last year, the Congress refused to present, much less pass, a budget.
They refused to even consider a budget for fiscal 2010-11.
Because of this we have had a series of “continuing resolutions”.
These extend what we are already doing for a period of time...then do it again, again...
Why did the Congress do this?
The previous Congress was controlled in both houses by the same political party.
They knew that they were to experience a downturn at the polls in November, 2010.
To lessen the damage at the polls, they decided not to reveal what the true nature of the budget would be with all the “new spending” that had been passed. The voters would have seen the projected budgets for 1, 5 and 10 years and reacted negatively.
They also knew that they were not alone in this deception and lack of job performance.
The media would not hold them accountable.
The media would play along, especially when the backside of the plan came into play.
That would occur when the new party in power would start leading in the new Congress.
Such has occurred.
Look at what is being said today...just the past couple of hours…
“War on Women”…
“...functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians”
“...civil war fight”
“...extreme social agenda”
“...keep women from getting cancer screenings”
And my favorite….
GOP freshmen have come to Washington to “kill women”.
The only word that comes to mind is “sickening.”
Those who are spouting the vocal venom are the very ones that refused to exercise their fiduciary responsibilities in passing a 2010-11 budget.
...and the media is playing along.
The sticking point at the moment is that Republicans do not want to fund Planned Parenthood (the major abortion provider) in Washington, D.C. Do not forget that Congress has direct oversight over D.C. They are responsible for D.C.
Only in the perverted mind of the unbelieving can it be equated that refusal to kill babies is killing women.
So, sit back and enjoy the fear mongering.
Rest in peace that our hope, trust and faith is not in this world, but in the Lord and that yet to come.
Wait until they take up the 2011-12 budget…
That will be a show...