THE SIGN OF JONAH - Part I

  

Triumphal Entry

      Satan’s intent from the Garden of Eden to now has been to derail God’s Scheme of Redemption of our fallen race. He tried every conceivable means to prevent the birth of Jesus, the Lamb of God. As we enter the accounts of the Gospel we find that Satan tried to induce a miscarriage with the ride on a beast of burden to Bethlehem to pay taxes. Then he tried to stop Him with disease by causing  Mary to have to give birth in a stable with animals and dirty conditions and straw. 

      Later Satan tried to conquer Jesus through temptation, even offering to give Him all the kingdoms of the world. But Jesus was focused, and conquered Satan with scripture, rejecting a short cut. Still later, in the Garden, Satan tried to cause Jesus to bleed to death when He sweated as great drops of blood while praying. But, Jesus prayed to His Father, "take this cup from me" asking to be able to make it to the cross. Then, in a last ditch effort, Satan tried to rescue Jesus, through Pilate’s wife, by way of a dream, causing her to plead for His freedom.

      Thank God, the victorious Lamb of God came through every situation as a Masterful Warrior. Now we are looking at the last week of the Good Shepherd’s sojourn as He is seeking to redeem His lost sheep. First we see Jesus and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey (KJV says an ass) on Sunday before the Passover, which was on Thursday. Matthew 21:1; Mark 11:1 and Luke 19:29.

      The question of day of Jesus’ crucifixion appears easily clarified by what Mark meant by “Sabbath”. Along with the weekly Sabbath day, the Jews had other “Sabbaths” throughout the year, marking high holy days. In Matthew 28:1, the Greek should be translated, “at the end of the “Sabbaths” – a plural word, noting that there had been more than one Sabbath that  week. The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread was also considered a “Sabbath” (Lev. 23:6, 7). This feast is celebrated on Nisan 15, the day after the Passover (Lev. 23:5, 6). Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation. This was the day of slaughtering and roasting the Passover Lamb, preparing it for the first day of Passover, which was the next day. Mark 15:42, 43 notes that Joseph of Arimathea desired to take Jesus’ body down from the cross BEFORE the high Sabbath began.

      Luke 22:1 and Matthew 26:17, seem to confuse many people. Denotatively the two Feasts are separate days. Connotatively, the entire period from Passover through the 7 days of the feast of Unleavened Bread is considered as “Passover”. 

      John 12:1 mentions that Jesus traveled to Bethany 6 days before the Passover. Hebrew days are reckoned from sundown to sundown, so that each “day” begins at sundown the evening before. These six evening-to-morning periods are important to our understanding of the fulfillment of Old Testament Feasts, particularly the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits. We will track these days and see how they match the pattern set down for us in the book of Leviticus.

      It must be remembered, as all this is contemplated, that the Passover, same as our birthdays and our Christmas, comes on a different day of the week, each year, yet still on the same date of the month. There are special programs available that takes us back to the time of Christ and actually shows the day of the week, and date of the month various feasts and events fell on annually. 

      We have the following facts furnished to guide us: 

1.  The "high Day" of John 19:31 was the first day of the feast.

2.  The "first day of the feast" was the 15th day of Nisan.

3.  The 15th day of Nisan, commences at sunset on what we would call the 14th.

4.  "Six days before the Passover (John 12:1) takes us back to the 9th day of Nisan.

5.  "After two days is the Passover" (Matt. 26:2 and Mk 14:1) takes us back to the 13th day of Nisan.

6.  "The first day of the week", the day of the resurrection (Matt. 28:1) was from our Saturday sunset to our Sunday sunset.

7.  Reckoning back from this, "3 days and 3 nights", (Matt. 12:40), we arrive at the day of the burial, which must have been just before sunset, on the 14th of Nisan, i.e., before our Wednesday sunset.

8.  This makes the sixth day before the Passover (the 9th day of Nisan) to be our Thursday sunset to Friday sunset. 

     Following Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He then went into the Temple and threw out the money changers and continued teaching in the Temple. (Luke 19:45–48; Mark 11:15–17). 

     Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan corresponds with Exodus 12:3–6, when a lamb was separated from the flock and put on display as the lamb destined to be sacrificed on Passover. On this day, Jesus was put on display as He proceeded from Bethany down the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem. While the people welcomed Jesus as the Messiah, the King, His primary purpose at that time was to die, as He explains in John 12:23–33.

 

Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.
                                                                                 

                                             Read The Sign of Jonah  – Part II 

 

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