Israel 11 – A Tent, A Tabernacle, A Temple – Exodus 25

Take Me In Catherine Mullins lyrics

Isaiah 6:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Isaiah’s Vision

1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

In blog post, Israel 10 – Exodus 15-24, we see that God delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt. After God led the Israelites through the Red Sea to safer land, He provided all of their human needs. God also gave the Law to the Jews, to include the Sabbath. Now, we see that God has put His chosen people to work, building a tabernacle.

Exodus 25:1-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Offerings to Build the Tabernacle
1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Tell the Israelites,”8 “They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.

God gave directions for the Israelites to build a tabernacle; He also gave precise instructions for the job. In this, and following articles, we will discuss, in detail, each of these structures:

Tent Of Meeting, Tabernacle In The Desert, Solomon’s Temple, Tribulation Temple, Millennium Temple. We will also discuss the reconstructed and renovated Solomon’s Temple.

The following video gives you a quick explanation of the tent of meeting and tabernacle in the desert.

The Ark and the Tabernacle – A Faith Kids Bible Story Video

The phrase “tent of meeting” is used in the Old Testament, specifically in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, as the name of a place where God would meet with His people, Israel. Usually, the “tent of meeting” was used as another name for the Tabernacle of Moses. However, before the tabernacle was constructed, God met with Moses in a temporary tent of meeting: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting.’ Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. . . . As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses” (Exodus 33:7, 9). The fact that Moses set up the tent of meeting outside of the camp underscored that the people had broken fellowship with God at Sinai when they had made the golden calf (see Exodus 33:3). After the tabernacle was built, Moses no longer needed his temporary tent, and the term tent of meeting began to be applied to the tabernacle.(Continued in link)
https://www.gotquestions.org/tent-of-meeting.html

The following information discusses the progression of construction, destruction and reconstruction of “Solomon’s Temple,” where God’s Presence dwelt within “the holy of holies/most holy place.” Information is also provided to show that, in all following temples, the Presence of God will never dwell, except the Millennium Temple. After the destruction of Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the Presence of God was never present in the reconstructed temple of Zerubbabel, or the renovated Herod’s Temple, or will be Present in the yet future Tribulation Temple. There will not be the Presence of God in any temple until the Millennial Temple is built, which will follow the Tribulation. During the time that Christ walked the Earth, He never went into “Holy of Holies,” in the Temple in Jerusalem because, He was/is “the Most Holy/the Holy of Holies.” The following article discusses the details of the temple’s destruction:
https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/places/related-articles/destruction-and-reconstruction-of-the-temple.aspx
Home Page https://www.bibleodyssey.org/ Author Bio http://huc.edu/directory/tamara-cohn-eskenazi

Notice, in the following timeline, that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)
The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19, 586 B.C.)
The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15, 2:1-23; Ezra 6:15, 515 B.C.)
Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was completed in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.

https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. https://www.preteristarchive.com/Ancient_Revelations/archeology/2001_harvardhouse_scientific-dating.html
The prophecy of the destruction of the temple was made by Christ in Matthew 24:1-2 (30 A.D.) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+24%3A1-2&version=HCSB

Consider the Tribulation Temple. The Anti-Christ will most likely authorize the construction of the temple during the first part of the Tribulation, and place it on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; yet, God is in control of the temple (Revelation 11:1, “the temple of God”). See the following Tribulation temple article. http://www.pre-trib.org/articles/view/the-tribulation-temple

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish prophet Ezekiel, in a vision, with the Glory departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return to any temple, until the future kingdom of Messiah has been established, and the Millennial Temple has been placed there (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4, as was seen by a later vision of Ezekiel in 574 B.C.). There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. Presently, there is no temple in Jerusalem. The Tribulation temple (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Revelation 11:1-2) will not be one of Godly inhabitance. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom, that God’s Gory will be present in the Temple in Jerusalem.

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that anybody can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

Matthew 5:17 New International Version (NIV) The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

The following video discusses the tribulation temple.

What events will have to happen before the temple can be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

Consider the following detail of events of the tabernacle and temple.

1491 B.C. God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9).
1490 B.C. The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33).
1015 B.C. God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6).
1004 B.C. Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1).
925 B.C. Shishak, king of Egypt, takes Jerusalem; the temple is plundered. (2 Chronicles 12:9).
850 B.C. The Philistines, Arabians, and Ethiopians lay siege to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 21:16). The King’s palace is sacked and the Temple plundered.
586 B.C. The forces of Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:19).
515 B.C. The Temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem, being known as Zerubbabel’s Temple (Haggai 1:1-15).
63 A.D. Herod’s Temple, which was a remodeling of Zerubbabel’s temple, was finished in 4 B.C., but was not totally completed until 63 A.D.
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/
https://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEHerods_Temple00000006.htm.
70 A.D.Herod’s Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

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Resurrection Sunday – 2019

The Resurrection Of Christ – VaderRulz1 – It is Sunday, the first day of the week. But, this is not just any Sunday; it is the day that Christ was raised from death, to life. This particular Sunday will dawn with a surprise for many saddened followers of Christ. The women return to his burial tomb, “at first light.” Their plan is to complete the preparation of the lifeless body of Christ for His Burial. But! Christ is not in the tomb where the women last saw His body being laid. Christ was “dead!” Without a doubt, “Christ was dead!” Now, instead of seeing the dead body of Christ, they are shocked by the vision, and the statements, of two angels, “He is risen!” (Luke 24:6).

The Bible makes it clear that Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week, Sunday (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1,19). The resurrection of Christ is most worthy of being celebrated (see 1 Corinthians 15). While it is appropriate for Christ’s resurrection to be celebrated on a Sunday, the day on which His resurrection is celebrated should not be referred to as Easter. Easter has nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ. (See more of this discussion by clicking onto the following link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Easter-Sunday.html)

“Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ was raised from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Resurrection Sunday

Sunday Verses

Luke 24:1-12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+24%3A1-12&version=HCSB

Clarifying a prophecy of Christ

There has been a matter of confusion and misunderstanding, not to mention disagreement, about the day of the crucifixion of Christ. The prophecy by Christ, as related to an incident in the life of the Jewish Prophet Jonah will be discussed, thereby clearing up the matter.

Let’s consider the verse.

Jonah 1:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

Comment. MacArthur Study bible. 1:17 a great fish. The species of fish is uncertain; the Heb. word for whale is not here employed. God sovereignly prepared (lit. “appointed”) a great fish to rescue Jonah. Apparently Jonah sank into the depth of the sea before the fish swallowed him (cf. 2:3, 5, 6). three days and three nights. See note on Matt. 12:40.

Comment. Reformation Study Bible. 1:17 three days and three nights. Jesus referred to the Book of Jonah in order to communicate truths regarding His own message and mission (Matt. 12:38–41; 16:4; Luke 11:29–32). He speaks of the “sign of the prophet Jonah” not only with reference to the three days and three nights that Jonah was in the fish (Matt. 12:39, 40), but also with regard to the efficacy of Jonah’s preaching. Without benefit of a miraculous sign, the Ninevites recognized Jonah’s message as one with divine authority, and they responded in repentance.

The prophecy of Christ:

Matthew 12:40-41 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and look—something greater than Jonah is here!

The controversy: “three days and three nights.”

The confusion: Christ was crucified on Friday afternoon and was buried prior to sunset. Christ was alive early on Sunday morning. When we consider “three days and three nights,” in today’s world we can look at our Timex, Bulova or Rolex, and come to the conclusion that “there is no way” that seventy-two hours elapsed between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Of course, culture enters into the conversation.

Words of Christ, “the third day,” relating to His resurrection.

Luke 9:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

In 9:22, Christ uses the words, “the third day.” Such wording removes”seventy-two hours” from the conversation. Other verses that also state, “the third day,” in the same context are: Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, 27:64. Luke 18:33, 24:7, 24:21, 24:46. Acts 10:40. 1 Corinthians 15:4.

Consider the words of the seminary instructors, concerning Matthew 12:40.

Reformation Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. An emphatic way of saying “three days.”

The New American Commentary. Craig L. Blomberg, Author. Matthew 12:40. “Three days and three nights” represents a Semitic idiom for any portion of three calendar days.”

Holman New Testament Commentary. Stuart K. Weber, Author. Matthew 12:40. By Jewish reckoning, a part of a day was considered to be a whole day. And it was common Jewish idiom to refer to even a part of a day as “a day and a night.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary. An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, General Editors. Matthew 12:40. The Son of Man would be in the heart of the earth for “three days and three nights.”The Jews reckoned part of a day as a full day.

The Moody Bible Commentary. Matthew 12:40. The phrase, “THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS,” causes some concern since Jesus only spent Friday night and Saturday night in the tomb. But, Jewish people regarded even a part of a day as “a day and a night.” (see 1 Sam 30:12-13; 2 Chr 10:5, 12; Est 4:16; 5:1).

Ryrie Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. This phrase does not necessarily require that 72 hours elapse between Christ’s death and resurrection, for the Jews reckoned part of a day to be as a whole day. Thus, this prophecy can be properly fulfilled if the crucifixion occurred on Friday. However, the statement does require an historical Jonah who was actually swallowed by a great fish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible. Matthew 12:40. Re: Jonah 1:17: His prayer compared his experience to being in a grave. Thus, Jonah’s experience was analogous to Jesus’ resurrection of being interred for three days. Since Jesus’ resurrection occurred on Sunday, some may have argued that the reference to three days and three nights requires a Thursday or Wednesday crucifixion. However, 1 Samuel 30:12-13 suggests that “three days and three nights” could be idiomatic for a span of time that covered all of one day and parts of two others. Thus, Jesus’ interment late on Friday and His resurrection early Sunday counts as three days.

MacArthur Study Bible. Matthew 12:40. three days and three nights. Quoted from Jon. 1:17. This sort of expression was a common way of underscoring the prophetic significance of a period of time. An expression like “forty days and forty nights” (see note on 4:2) may in some cases simply refer to a period of time longer than a month. “Three days and three nights” was an emphatic way of saying “three days,” and by Jewish reckoning this would be an apt way of expressing a period of time that includes parts of 3 days. Thus, if Christ was crucified on a Friday, and His resurrection occurred on the first day of the week, by Hebrew reckoning this would qualify as 3 days and 3 nights. All sorts of elaborate schemes have been devised to suggest that Christ might have died on a Wednesday or Thursday, just to accommodate the extreme literal meaning of these words. But the original meaning would not have required that sort of wooden interpretation. See note on Luke 13:32.

Luke 13:32 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

32 He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.’

MacArthur Study Bible. Luke 13:32 today and tomorrow, and the third day. This expression signified only that Christ was on His own divine timetable; it was not meant to lay out a literal 3-day schedule. Expressions like this were common in Semitic usage, and seldom were employed in a literal sense to specify precise intervals of time. See note on Matt. 12:40. be perfected. I.e., by death, in the finishing of His work. Cf. John 17:4, 5; 19:30; Heb. 2:10. Herod was threatening to kill Him, but no one could kill Christ before His time (John 10:17, 18).

The conclusion: When we consider the words of Luke 23:54-56, and the above discussions that show the cultural usages of “three days and three nights,” we can see that the dead body of Christ was placed in the tomb on Friday afternoon, and was raised from death on Sunday morning.

Here is the clincher. In Luke 23:50-54, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (John 19:39), took the body of Christ to the tomb where they anointed His body (John 19:39-40). vs 55, the women followed, and saw Christ being laid in the tomb. vs 56, the women left the tomb (because the Sabbath would begin soon) and rested, “according to the commandment.” Luke 24:1, the women returned to be tomb on the first day of the week with the spices that they had purchased (after the sabbath, Mark 16:1-2), and had prepared for the anointing of the body of Christ. If the body of Christ had been laid in the tomb on Wednesday afternoon, or Thursday afternoon, the women would not have waited until Sunday morning to return to the grave to anoint the body of Christ. There is no proof that the women knew of the anointing of the body of Christ by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, or to the degree of the anointing.

In conclusion, let us consider Christ, and let us consider us.

We are the reason with lyrics HD (with Passion of Christ scenes) rj fernandez

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Saturday/Sabbath – Passion Week – 2019

Paul Wilbur – Shalom Jerusalem – connectkevin – It is Saturday of Passion Week, which is the Sabbath. In order for anyone to have a fruitful study of anything to do with the Sabbath, they must have a working knowledge of the Jews, whom are the recipients of God’s gift of the Sabbath. Before we go forward, let’s consider the following verses of scripture that deal with God, Israel and the Sabbath. God’s love for Israel is clearly shown in each verse.

Genesis 12:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt,

Exodus 16:29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
29 Understand that the Lord has given you the Sabbath…

Exodus 31:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
12 The Lord said to Moses: 13 “Tell the Israelites: You must observe My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you will know that I am Yahweh who sets you apart.

Deuteronomy 14:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be His own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Psalm 122:6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you prosper;

Saturday of Passion Week is the last Saturday prior to Resurrection Sunday. Luke 23:55 shows the women at the burial tomb of Christ on Friday afternoon, prior to sunset; they had planned on preparing the body of Christ for burial. But, per Luke 23:56, the women did not finish that process, because the soon coming sunset would be the beginning of the Sabbath Day. Per Exodus 20:10, the women returned to their homes and rested on the Sabbath. The Sabbath would end at sunset on Saturday. It was during the time after sunset on Saturday that the women will purchase more spices for preparing the body of Christ for burial; they will return to the tomb early on Sunday morning to complete that preparation.

Preparation for Sabbath/Saturday Of Passion Week

Luke 23:54-56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
54 It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment..

Consider the comments from the Ryrie Study Bible.

23:54 “It was about the preparation day.” Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset. 23:56 “according to the commandment.” i.e., not to work on the Sabbath (Ex 20:10).

Consider the comments from the Reformation Study Bible.

23:55, 56 There was not time on Friday to do all that Jesus’ followers would have liked for His burial. The women took note of where the body was laid, evidently to know where to come when the Sabbath was over to complete the burial. Joseph and Nicodemus placed a considerable quantity of myrrh and aloes with the body as they laid it in the tomb (John 19:38, 39), but the women wanted to make their own contribution.

Consider the comments from the MacArthur Study Bible.

23:55 observed…how His body was laid. According to John 19:39, Nicodemus brought a hundred pounds of spices and aloes (probably obtained while Joseph was negotiating with Pilate for Jesus’ body), and he and Joseph wrapped the body with linen and the spices. These women, from Galilee, were probably unfamiliar with Joseph and Nicodemus, who were Judeans. After all, both men were associated with the Jewish leaders who orchestrated the conspiracy against Jesus (v. 50; John 3:1). So the women were determined to prepare Jesus’ body for burial themselves. So they returned (i.e., went to their homes) to prepare their own spices and perfumes (v. 56). They had to have Jesus’ body placed in the tomb before sunset, when the Sabbath began, so they were not able to finish preparing the body. Mark 16:1 says they purchased more spices “when the Sabbath was past,” i.e., after sundown Saturday. Then they returned Sunday morning with the spices (24:1), expecting to finish the task that had been interrupted by the Sabbath.

Passion Week/Holy Week

Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. As Christ died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for. Our salvation comes from the finished work of Christ on the cross.

“Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Consider the Sabbath. In the context of the scriptures that relate to the Sabbath, scripture shows that there was respect by some Jews for the Sabbath, and a lack of respect for the Sabbath by other Jews. Consider the following two examples that relate to those two groups of Jews and the Sabbath.

The following verses show a lack of respect for the Sabbath by Jewish chief priests and pharisees (vs 62).

Matthew 27:62-66 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Closely Guarded Tomb
62 The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive He said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “You have a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

The following verses show respect for the Sabbath by Jewish women (vs 55)

Luke 23:50-56 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Burial of Jesus
50 There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin, 51 who had not agreed with their plan and action. He was from Arimathea, a Judean town, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God. 52 He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed. 54 It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how His body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

So, what is the difference in these two groups of Jews? Both probably claimed allegiance to “Elohim?” (Genesis 1:1). Let’s consider a very simply stated, and easily understood scripture.

John 4:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Consider those in the following worship video whom appear to be worshiping God in spirit and truth.

I enter the holy of holies – Paul Wilbur – Stranger in this world

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Passover – Passion Week – 2019

Passover 2019 begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, and ends Saturday evening, April 20. At the same time that Christians around the world will be observing Good Friday, Jews will be observing Passover, and sharing a Passover meal, just as Christ and the disciples did in Luke 22:14-20 and Matthew 26:26-29. (These two passages are not Christian communion). As we see in the opening video, Jewish families all around the world will be celebrating the Sabbath and the beginning of the eight days of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Many Jews often use the term,” Passover,” to relate to the total period of the two feasts, with the ending date being April 27 at sunset.

The year that the Jews began their travel out of Egypt was approximately 1447 B.C. The Passover, as shown in Luke 22, was dated 30 A.D. Jews celebrate Passover each year. Let’s consider the verses of scripture that explain the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread. But, it is important to keep in mind that the names of Passover and Unleavened Bread are often used interchangeably. Passover is probably the most commonly used name for the eight-day feast. This year, Passion Week is on the way out, and Passover is on the way in.

Leviticus 23:5-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 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.’”

Consider some other Passover and Feast Of Unleavened Bread Scriptures

Passover, Exodus 12:1-13, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A1-13&version=NASB

Feast Of Unleavened Bread, Exodus 12:14-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+12%3A14-20&version=NASB

The Passover-Unleavened Bread Festival, Deuteronomy 16:1-8,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deu+16%3A1-8&version=NET

Passover, Matthew 26:17-20, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+26%3A17-20&version=NKJV

“Passover is found 25 times in the gospels. Matthew (5); Mark (4); Luke (7); John (9).

Passover And Passion Week

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 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!”

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “preparation for the Passover.” Friday of Passover week. In verse 31 “preparation refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath. See Luke 23:54

Luke 23:54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “It was the preparation day.” Friday, the day that Christ died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began on Friday at sunset.

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 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.

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. “that day was a high day.” i.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival.

A key to understanding the relationship of the Preparation Day to the Sabbath, is that (in yesteryear) many people would use Saturday as a day to get ready for church on Sunday. It’s the same thing with the Day of Preparation being used to get Jews ready for the Sabbath. This relationship of Preparation Day to the Sabbath shows that Christ was crucified and buried on Good Friday, prior to the sunset that brought in the Sabbath.

The fulfillment of Passover is found in 1 Corinthians 5:7,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A7&version=NASB

The fulfillment of the Feast Of Unleavened Bread is found in 1 Corinthians 5:8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+cor+5%3A8&version=NASB

The following information comes from a Jewish website. It explains that the reason for the feast of Passover is to remind Jews that God delivered the Jews from their slavery in Egypt.

Passover is celebrated by eating matzah (unleaven bread) and maror (bitter herbs).
For the duration of the 8 (or 7 days in Israel) of Passover, chametz (leaven) is strictly avoided.

What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 19-April 27, 2019. https://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/month.htm

All feasts begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.
https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/2019

Pesach – Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread – Apr 20-21 Sa‑Su; Apr 22-25 M‑Th; Apr 26-27 F‑Sa;
The feast of Passover begins on sunset prior to April 20, and continues through sunset of April 27. The first 24 hour period is Passover. The remaining days are the Feast Of Unleavened Bread.

Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew, Passover is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

The above information comes from the Jewish website Chabad.ORG https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/871715/jewish/Passover-Pesach-2018.htm

The following video uses a good technique for teaching the basics of Passover.

Passover! || Mayim Bialik

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Friday – Passion Week – 2019

Via Dolorosa. The Via Dolorosa, literally “the sorrowful way,” is the traditional route in Jerusalem which our Lord traveled on the day of His crucifixion from the judgment seat of Pilate, also called the Praetorium (Matthew 27:2-26), to the place of His crucifixion on Mount Calvary. (https://www.gotquestions.org/Via-Dolorosa.html) Repetition will be used in this article for re-enforcement purposes.

It is Friday of Passion Week. Good Friday, also known as “Holy Friday,” is the Friday immediately preceding Resurrection Sunday, and is the day on which Christ was crucified. Concerning this particular Good Friday,
“Oh! How things have changed.” Rock star status on Palm Sunday; fallen star on this, the following Friday. Such an abrupt “turn-about” in the minds of the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem! Such is the week that Christ experienced. A meal with friends on Thursday evening; a cross of death on Friday. But, consider all that was accomplished through this sovereign ordered ordeal (Acts 3:18), “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”

God reached out to Israel, Isaiah 53:5 (NASB)
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

God reached out to all of mankind, John 1:29 (NASB)
29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Good Friday’s calendar of events begins with the denial of Christ by Peter (Luke 22:54), in the morning’s, “wee dark hours” (Luke 22:55-56), and continue through Luke 23:55, with Jewish women leaving the tomb of Christ on Friday afternoon. It was due to the approaching of sunset for the observance of the Sabbath that the women left the burial tomb of Christ (Luke 23:56). The Sabbath begins on Friday at sunset, and lasts until Saturday at sunset. The women will return to the tomb early on Sunday morning, after the Sabbath has passed (Luke 24:1).

On Friday, Christ was mocked and beaten in Luke 22:63-65. In verses 66, through the end of chapter 22, Christ is taken before the Sanhedrin. Friday continues with Christ being taken to Pilate in the opening verse of Chapter 23, and stays through verse 55, when the women (above) follow the body of Christ to His burial tomb. During those fifty-five verses of Luke 23, Christ is taken before Pilate, and then before Herod. Christ appears again before Pilate. The crucifixion and burial of Christ follow. Luke 23, Verse 56, shows the women leaving the tomb because the Sabbath (Sunset on Friday) is approaching. So, it is on Friday that the crucifixion of Christ takes place. His body is taken to the tomb before sunset of Friday. Still, a very significant part of this last Friday deals with the call of the crowd in verse 18, “Away with this man (Christ), and release for us Barabbas!” and, in verse 21, “Crucify, crucify, Him”(Christ)! So, who was Barabbas? And, why would the crowd of Jews want Barabbas to be released, instead of Christ? Let’s give this matter some serious thought. We need also to consider, “the Jews.” There were “believing Jews,” and unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem that day. “Believing Jews” were those whom had accepted Christ as Messiah; unbelieving Jews “had not.” “Believing Jews” would not have called for Christ to be crucified.

An hourly timeline of Good Friday events follows. The trial before Pilate occurred at about 6:00 A.M. Christ was crucified at 9:00 A.M. Darkness fell all over the land from noon until 3:00 P.M. The death of Christ occurred at 3:00 P.M.(Unger’s Commentary On The Gospels, Mark 15:25-33). The body of Christ was taken to the burial tomb (Luke 23:53). The women followed and saw where the body of Christ was laid. Sabbath of Friday afternoon was soon approaching. The women left the tomb and rested on the Sabbath (Luke 23:54-56). Yes! Christ was crucified on Friday.

As a nation, Israel had been under attack and oppression of other countries and world empires, going back to 722 B.C. Such empires were the Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman. The Jews of 30 A.D. were looking for someone to free them from the oppressive Roman government. They saw Barabbas as being a rugged Jewish freedom fighter, always riding a mighty horse, trying to rid their land of the cruel Romans. Barabbas was in jail for insurrection against the Roman government, and for the murder of Romans in the insurrection (Luke 23:21-25; Mark 15:7.)

Consider the comment of John MacArthur on Mark 15:7. {15:7 Barabbas. A robber (John 18:40) and murderer (Luke 23:18, 19) in some way involved as an anti-Roman insurrectionist. Whether his involvement was motivated by political conviction or personal greed is not known. It is impossible to identify the specific insurrection in question, but such uprisings were common in Jesus’ day and were precursors of the wholesale revolt of A.D. 66–70.}

In his commentary of Mark, Dr. R. C. Sproul (Deceased) makes the comment: “Perhaps Barabbas was a hero of the people for his opposition to Rome (the very thing they had looked for in Jesus).”

There was a movie that was made about Barabbas. In the movie, Barabbas was seen as being a very rugged man, whom had a great hatred for the Romans. You can check out the trailer video for the movie in the following link.

Needless to say, the reason that Barabbas was released, instead of Christ, is a subject that has not been given serious attention. After all, the Jews in Jerusalem saw Christ, “the King of the Jews,” riding into town on a donkey, having already said, “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39).

The following link leads to a very informative article that also discusses Barabbas. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Barabbas

Passion Week/Holy Week – Good Friday.

Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday, The crucifixion of Christ

Consider the following verses, by link.

Friday

Luke 22:54-23:55 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22%3A54-23%3A55&version=HCSB
Matthew 26:57-68 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+26%3A57-68&version=HCSB
Matthew 27:1, 11-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matt+27%3A1%2C+11-56&version=HCSB
Mark 14:53-65; 15:1-47 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+14%3A53-65%3B+15%3A1-47+&version=HCSB
John 18:13-24; 28-40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18%3A13-24%3B+28-40&version=HCSB
John 19:1-42 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19%3A1-42&version=HCSB

Key supportive verses

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 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!” (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “preparation for the Passover.”Friday of Passover week. In verse 31 “preparation” refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath. Re: Luke 23:54 “It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.” Ryrie note. It was the “preparation day.” Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset.)

John 19:30 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “it is finished!” Receipts for taxes found in the papyri have written across them this single Greek word, which means, “paid in full.” The price for our redemption from sin was paid in full in our Lord’s death.)

John 19:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

31 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. (Ryrie Study Bible Note: “”that Sabbath was a high day.” I.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival; Exodus 12:16, Leviticus 23:7).

Note: Reading the Old Testament is important in understanding God’s plan for His chosen people, Israel. (Deuteronomy 14:2).

Note: On this Good Friday evening, cars will overflow the parking lots of churches of liberal mainline denominations that oppose Israel, and that support homosexuality and abortion on demand. The people in those churches are paving the road for an easy trip to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15), for themselves and for their children. The words of John the Baptist are needed to be preached from pulpits today.

Matthew 3:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Lord, Have Mercy

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Thursday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Thursday of Passion Week. During Thursday of Passover Week, the following events take place: The preparation for Passover. The Passover meal and the washing of the feet of the disciples by Christ. Christ predicts His betrayal. A dispute among the disciples over whom would be the greatest. The Apostles’ reward during the Millennium. Christ foretells Peter’s denial. Christ warns the disciples of coming conflict. The agony of Christ in the garden. The betrayal of Christ by Judas. The two most significant events, which are the focus of Maundy Thursday, are, “the Passover meal, and Christ washing the disciples’feet.” Judas, the betrayer of Christ, was included in the Passover meal and the foot washing. Christ served bread and wine to Judas, and washed the feet of Judas, with the full knowledge that Judas would be His (Christ’s) betrayer.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy,” in “Maundy Thursday,” refers to the command that Christ gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

The opening video shows a Passover upper room experience. There will also be a Day Of Pentecost upper room experience, and will be discussed. It is important to know that this Passover meal was not a Christian communion. The church age had not begun. There was not a Christian church until the day of Pentecost. This Passover meal was being observed, based on Old Testament scriptures, and would be observed annually by Jews, based on Old Testament Scriptures. There is no scripture to indicate that the Apostles, or other Jews, which were present for this Passover meal would discontinue observing Passover, or any of the other Old Testament feasts, even after the Holy Spirit was poured out on them on the Day of Pentecost and the Church was born.

Leviticus 23:4-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Passover

4 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover.

Passion Week/Holy Week. Thursday of Passion Week is the last Thursday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the fifth day of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Resurrection Sunday). On this particular evening, there was intimate teaching and conversation among Christ and His disciples. Key conversation of this evening is recorded in John 13:1-17:26. The passage of Luke 8:1-3 tells of women traveling with Christ and the Twelve Disciples, and also of being taught by Christ. Women were present in an upper room as they, and the disciples, prayed for the Holy Spirit to come upon them (which occurred on the Day of Pentecost) (Acts 1:1-5;12-15; 2:1-4). The disciples prepared the Passover in an upper room (Luke 22:7-13). It is my belief that the upper room of the Passover is the same one of the Day Of Pentecost. It is also my belief that women were present in the upper room with Christ and the disciples on the evening of the Passover meal, foot washing and teaching of Christ.

Luke 22:7-53, Thursday, The Passover meal and betrayal of Christ by Judas.

Consider the following verses, by link.

Thursday

Luke 22:7-53 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22%3A7-53&version=HCSB
Matthew 26:17-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+26%3A17-56&version=HCSB
Mark 14:12-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+14%3A12-50&version=HCSB
John 13:1-14:31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+13%3A1-14%3A31&version=HCSB
John 15:1-18:3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+15%3A1-18%3A3&version=HCSB

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Wednesday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Wednesday of Passion Week. The video shows the first entry of Satan into Judas Iscariot on Wednesday of Passion Week (Luke 22:1-6, Matthew 26:2-5, Mark 14:1-2, 10-11, John 13:1-5).

Passion Week/Holy Week

Wednesday of Passion Week is the last Wednesday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the fourth day of Passion Week.

The aspect of “God’s Sovereign Clock” is key to understanding the two times that Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, and the subsequent betrayal of Christ by Judas. The first entry of Satan into Judas took place on Wednesday of Passion Week (Luke 22:3); the second entry occurred on Thursday following the Passover Meal and the washing of the disciples’ feet (John 13:27).

The day of Satan’s entering into Judas for the purpose of the betrayal of Christ is one of difference of opinion. In Charles Ryrie’s Wednesday comment on Luke 22:3, he states that Satan entered into Judas twice; Dr. Ryrie refers to John 13:27 as being the second occurrence. John 13:2 shows, at the Thursday evening Passover meal, that Satan had already entered into Judas prior to the Passover meal. In keeping with the Ryrie Study Bible outline of Passion Week, I will show Wednesday and Thursday as being the two times that Satan entered Judas.

After the verses for Wednesday of Passion week, other verses will follow that relate to “God’s Hour,” and His sovereignty. Each of the verses will point to the fact that God was in control of every aspect of the crucifixion of Christ, to include the things that led to the crucifixion, and the things which followed. The sovereignty of God rules over the things which still occur in our world (Psalm 103:19).

Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday, the entry into Judas Iscariot by Satan.

Consider the following verses, by link.

Wednesday

Luke 22:1-6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A1-6&version=HCSB

God’s Hour and Sovereignty

Matthew 26:45. Mark 14:35, 14:41. Luke 22:53. John 2:4, 7:30, 8:20, 12:23, 12:27, 13:1, 17:1, 11:49-52. Acts 2:22-24, 3:18, 4:27-28.

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Tuesday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Tuesday of Passion Week. The opening video shows a narration of the authority of Christ being raised by the chief priests, scribes and elders of the Jews (Luke 20). The following video opens with “the widow’s mite.” The Olivet Discourse continues with the teaching of Christ on the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem that would take place in the year 70 A.D. The discussion also includes the plight of the Jews in the future Tribulation, that is written in greater detail in Matthew 24. The year of this prophecy of Christ was 30 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible).

Passion Week/Holy Week

Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. We are seeing the events of the last Tuesday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the third day of Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday.

According to common interpretation of the Bible, Holy Tuesday is when Jesus was issued various challenges by the Pharisees and Sadducees over subjects such as marriage in heaven, paying taxes to Caesar, and the source of His authority (Matthew 21:23—23:39; Mark 11:27—12:44; Luke 20:1—21:4). By this same interpretation, this is the day that Jesus commented on the widow’s donation (Mark 12; Luke 21) and was approached by a number of God-fearing Greeks (John 12:20–36). Tuesday would also be the day that Jesus spoke His eight “woes” against the Pharisees (Matthew 23:13–36) and the evening on which He delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24—25; Mark 13; Luke 21:5–36). (https://www.gotquestions.org/Holy-Tuesday.html)

Consider the following verses of this special Tuesday, by link.

Tuesday

Luke 20:1:1-21:38 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+20%3A1-21%3A38&version=HCSB
Matthew 21:23-23:39 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A23-23%3A39&version=HCSB
Matthew 24:1-25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+24%3A1-25&version=HCSB
Mark 11:27:12:40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+11%3A27-12%3A40&version=HCSB
Mark 13:1-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+13%3A1-37&version=HCSB

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Monday – Passion Week – 2019

It is Monday Of Passion Week. The opening video shows Christ cleansing the temple in Jerusalem, and the reaction of the chief priests and scribes. This is the second cleansing of the temple by Christ, with the first having occurred in John 2:12-21. The second major event that took place on this particular Monday was that of Christ cursing the fig tree.

Passion Week/Holy Week

Monday of Passion Week is the last Monday prior to Resurrection Sunday; it is the second day of Holy Week, after Palm Sunday. “Resurrection Sunday” is the correct term for the day that Christ resurrected from death. Easter relates to a pagan festival. See “Easter” in Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Also see, “Don’t Say Easter” in my post, 115, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/115-the-jewish-prophet-jonah-a-glimpse-of-passover/

Each day’s activities of Passion Week are identified, “by day of the week,” in the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Deceased. See bio below). Dr. Ryrie chose the Gospel Of Luke to show, “day by day,” the things that happened during Passion Week. He also used the other three gospels for supportive information. Consider the following events.

John 12:1-11, Saturday. Christ in Bethany.
John 12:12-13, Christ enters Jerusalem. Palm Sunday.
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday. The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem.
Luke 19:45-48, Monday. Christ curses the fig tree and cleanses the temple.
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday. The authority of Christ challenged; Christ responds.
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday. Judas agrees to betray Christ.
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday. The Passover Meal, and the washing of the disciples’ feet.
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday. The Day of Preparation. The crucifixion, death and burial of Christ.
Luke 23:56, Saturday. Sabbath rest.
Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday. Christ is resurrected.

Consider the following verses, by link.

Monday

Luke 19:45-48 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+19%3A45-48&version=HCSB
Mark 11:12-18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+11%3A12-18&version=HCSB
Matthew 21:12-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+21%3A12-19&version=HCSB

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Palm Sunday – Passion Week – 2019

At the time of the writing of this article Sunday, Palm Sunday, has entered into most of the time zones around our world. The opening video shows Christ entering Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, with the acceptance of “rock star status.” Oh! How quickly things will change. During the next six days, Christ will see his “approval rating” dropping greatly! By Friday, the call of the crowds is, “crucify Him!” (Matthew 27:22, Mark 15:13, Luke 23:21, John 19:6).

Palm Sunday 2019 is on Sunday, April 14.

Good Friday 2019 will be on April 19.

Resurrection Sunday 2019 will occur on April 21. (Don’t say Easter! I will explain in this series of articles.)

The Jewish Feast Of Passover 2019 begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, and ends Saturday evening, April 27. The first Passover seder is on the evening of April 19, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of April 20. It is important to remember that the first of these feast days is Passover. The following days are the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:4-6).

Passion Week/Holy Week (Read the following information from the corresponding links)

Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday (Don’t say
Easter). Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Christ willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sin of His people. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, on the back of a colt, as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 (Check the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Passion-Week.html).

Palm Sunday occurs one week before the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 21:1–11). As Christ entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10). “Now was the time,” and “this was the place,” to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Christ’s earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Christ’s work on earth (Check the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Palm-Sunday.html).

Each day’s activities of Passion Week is identified, by day of the week, in the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Deceased. See bio below). Dr. Ryrie chose the Gospel Of Luke to show, day by day, the things that happened during Passion Week. He also used the other three gospels for supportive information. It is also important to see that which was written about Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It was on that particular Saturday that Christ was in Bethany at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (six days before Passover); it was at that time that Mary anointed the feet of Christ. It was on the next day (Palm Sunday), that Christ and His disciples entered Jerusalem. Consider the following outline.

John 12:1-11, Saturday, Christ In Bethany
John 12:12-13, Christ Enters Into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:45-48, Monday
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday
Luke 23:56, Saturday,
Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday

Consider the following verses, by links.

Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy, in this study, a link will be provided to show those verses.

Saturday – The anointing of Christ by Mary

John 12:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A1-11&version=HCSB

Sunday – The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem

Luke 19:28-44 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+19%3A28-44&version=HCSB
John 12:12-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A12-19&version=HCSB
Matthew 21:1-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A1-17&version=HCSB
Mark 11:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+11%3A1-11&version=HCSB

The purpose of this Passion Week study is not to conduct a verse-by-verse study of the scriptures. On the contrary, the focus will be on the major events of each day in the week that led up to the crucifixion of Christ, “on Friday.” The Friday of the death of Christ on the cross has come to be known by many as “Good Friday.” But! How great the hypocrisy has become! On each Good Friday, people who attend the liberal churches that see nothing wrong with killing unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, flock to the Good Friday services that take place in their liberal church buildings! If there is a need for a detailed study of the scriptures of Passion Week, a search of this blog will provide such exegesis and hermeneutics.

Exegesis means “exposition or explanation.” Biblical exegesis involves the examination of a particular text of scripture in order to properly interpret it. Exegesis is a part of the process of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation. A person who practices exegesis is called an exegete. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-exegesis.html)

Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles and methods of interpreting the text of the Bible. Second Timothy 2:15 commands believers to be involved in hermeneutics: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who . . . correctly handles the word of truth.” The purpose of biblical hermeneutics is to help us to know how to properly interpret, understand, and apply the Bible. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-hermeneutics.html)

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Tribulation Now, And Prophesied

CCR Run Through the Jungle – Vietnam footage – atytarenko55

The lives of all of the U.S. armed forces mattered, and matter, who fought in service to our country. At the high point of the Vietnam War, more than half-a-million members of the U.S. military were stationed in South Vietnam. This video shows U.S. soldiers fighting. Once soldiers were let out of helicopters in a combat area, they had a good idea that they soon would be involved in a fire fight. Outside of the 58,220 U.S.A. war dead, there were those missing in action, and those that became POWs. The surviving members of the U.S. armed forces returned to their homes after the war, and are to be given significant honor for the sacrifices that they also made. Yes! Every life mattered, and matters, of those Americans who fought against the spread of communism throughout southeast Asia, per SEATO of 1954.

Of the war casualties, those who were born again found themselves in the immediate, and forever, Presence of God (Luke 16:19-23, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Of those that were not born again, and were war casualties, they found themselves in an immediate state of torments (Luke 16:19-24); later, they will find themselves in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). The U.S. military was the major combat force during the Vietnam War. During the tribulation, many nations will have their military involved. At the battle of Armageddon, all of the forces that will be attacking Israel will die, (Zechariah 12:9, 14:12; Revelation 19:11-16, 17-21) and will be taken to the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:10-15).

In my post, “The Day Of The Lord – Conflict In The Tribulation – Matthew 24-25,” it was made clear that Jews are the the focus of God’s attention during the times of: birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation, and the second coming of Christ for judgment. Gentiles are in the discussion, but only as an oppressive force whose goal is to decimate God’s chosen people, the Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). Shown also are gentiles which will come to saving faith in Christ, and will protect the Jews during the tribulation. All whom are seen in Matthew 24-25 are Jew and Gentile. All had not had a personal relationship of saving faith in Christ at the time of the catching up of the saints (John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The birth pangs, tribulation, great tribulation and second coming of Christ for judgment, which are placed in a one-chapter Matthew 24 capsule, are explained in greater detail in other areas of God’s Word; we will discuss those areas. It is true that many people will be left behind on earth when the catching up of the saints occurs. Jews, and any others, who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation will come under great persecution of the anti-christ; they will also come under the judgments of God. A never-ending truth of comfort for those “tribulation saints,” (those who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation) is that of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

In this article we will discuss the Tribulation. Conflict during the tribulation will be widespread, and will not be confined to the Battle of Armageddon, as the following scriptures will show. In this article, Israel will come under much more conflict, than will Gentiles.

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Fourth Of All Mankind Killed
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Comment. (MacArthur Study Bible) 6:8 pale horse. “Pale,” the Gr. word from which the Eng. word “chlorophyll” comes, describes the pale, ashen-green, pallor characteristic of the decomposition of a corpse. God grants this horseman the authority to bring death to 25 percent of the world’s population. Hades. See note on Luke 16:23. The place of the dead, which is identified as a common and fitting partner for death (20:13; see note on 1:18).

Revelation 9:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 200 Million Man Army
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) One third of all mankind killed
18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

The four angels are demons, as holy angels are not bound; they kill a third of the world’s population. The loosing of the four angels resulted in releasing an army of 200 million…mounted troops. Years ago Red China claimed to have had an army of 200 million (Time, May 21, 1965, p. 35). (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) (Mine: the apostle John heard the number of the troops.) It is amazing that in the song, “Run Through The Jungle,”we find these words: “Two hundred million guns are loaded, Satan cries,”Take aim.”

Revelation 11:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) Gentiles will persecute the Jews

1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.

Comment: (MacArthur Study Bible) A rebuilt temple will exist during the time of the Tribulation (Dan. 9:27; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). (Mine) Even though a temple will be in Jerusalem during the tribulation, the presence of God will not inhabit that temple. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. The Prophet Ezekiel had a vision of the Glory of God leaving the temple in 592 B.C. (Ezekiel 10:18). The Glory of God will not return to the temple, until the Millennial Temple is built, as was seen in a vision to Ezekiel in 573 B.C. (Ezekiel 43:4).

Let’s consider the following attacks that will come upon Israel. It is important to know that even though Satan is shown as pursuing and attacking Jews, that the forces of the anti-christ will be doing the pursuing of Israel, and of anyone whom will have come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation.

A truth that is ignored by much of today’s world is exposed in Revelation, Chapter 12. We will address this topic with a question. That question is, “who is the woman of Revelation ?” Let us consider the question, the answer, and its relation to Israel coming under the persecution of the anti-christ.

Let’s consider the woman.

Revelation 12:1 English Standard Version (ESV) The Woman and the Dragon
1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The woman does not represent Christ, nor the church in general, but rather Israel as the matrix from which Christ came.

Revelation 12:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

Comment: John Walvoord Commentary. The immediate aftermath of Satan’s being cast out of heaven is his persecution of the woman who brought forth the man-child. This apparently is the beginning of the great tribulation of which Christ warned Israel in Matthew 24:15-22. This had its foreshadowing in Herod’s slaughter of the infants following the birth of Christ (Matt. 2:16). It seems here to refer specifically to the great tribulation which is yet future. The persecution of Israel is a part of the satanic program to thwart and hinder the work of God.

Consider the relentless persecution that will be thrust by satan on Jews, and on anyone that has come to saving faith in Christ.

Revelation 12:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. Satan will turn his frustrated rage against every follower of the Lamb he can find—Jew or Gentile. commandments of God…testimony of Jesus. The revealed truth from God and Christ contained in Scripture. Obedience to God’s Word always marks a genuine believer. Cf. John 8:32.

Consider how much the hatred of Israel will be expanded throughout the world, as Israel is attacked at the end of the tribulation, when the second coming of Christ to earth for judgment occurs. The following three passages of scripture take place at that Battle of Armageddon.

Zechariah 12:2-3 English Standard Version (ESV) Battle Of Armageddon
2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. “cup of drunkenness.” Jerusalem is pictured as a large basin from which the nations will figuratively drink with eagerness, only to find themselves becoming intoxicated, disoriented, and thus easy prey for divine judgment at the end of Daniel’s 70th week in the battle of Armageddon when nations gather to attack Jerusalem (cf. Ezek. 38:1–6, 14–16; Dan. 11:40–44; Rev. 9:13–16; 14:20; 16:12–16).

Zechariah 14:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 ..Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 14:1 the day of the Lord is coming. The “Day of the Lord” is a technical term for God’s wrath unleashed against sinners. Here, Zechariah is looking at the Day of the Lord when His wrath is unleashed against the whole world of sinners, which results in the establishment of the Lord’s millennial reign on earth. 14:2 I will gather all the nations. God Himself will gather the nations, using them to purge, refine, and judge (cf. Rev. 16:13, 14, 16). 14:3, 4 His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. To prevent the eradication of His remnant, the Lord will personally intervene to fight against the gathered nations. Jesus will literally return to the Mt. of Olives, just as the angels announced at His ascension (cf. Acts 1:11).

Revelation 19:19 English Standard Version (ESV) The Battle Of Armageddon
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Comment: MacArthur Study Bible. 19:19 kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5).

When we read about all of the nations of the world that will come against Israel during the tribulation, it will not be just in the field of battle that such hostile attitudes will be shown toward Jews, and to Gentiles who have come to saving faith in Christ. Such opposition to God’s people will be common in all four corners of the earth. Consider the words of scripture that tell about the situation that will escalate. It is very clear that such attacks on God’s people are getting worse in our world today, and will continue with even greater severity as the time of the tribulation approaches.

Matthew 24:21-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Comment: Moody Bible Commentary.”unless those days had been cut short.” This statement means that God would not allow the days to go on for an undetermined time. This shows that God is sovereign over the length of the great tribulation. The elect are Jews (Deuteronomy 14:2). The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the church.

My comment. It is important to understand the increasing severity of the conditions of the Great Tribulation, as to how they will affect all people that will be present on earth (Matt 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.”). It is also important to know that only those whom will not have been born again at the time of the rapture of the saints, will be left behind on earth to be present during the tribulation. The purpose of the tribulation is for God to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ (Daniel 9:20, 24; 25-27). Born again believers in Christ will have already been drawn to saving faith in Christ at the time of the rapture, which will precede the tribulation.

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A Special Father And Son Relationship

Tiger Woods Tears Up Upon Hearing His Father’s Letter | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

The Masters Golf Tournament will take place in Augusta, Georgia this week. One of the favorites of many golfers and fans is Tiger Woods. Consider the positive effect that Earl Woods, Tiger’s father, has had on his son. By the way, Tiger has won the Masters Golf Tournament four times, having him tied with Arnold Palmer, with only Jack Nicklaus having more Masters wins, with six green jackets to his credit. Tiger has eighty total PGA wins, with only Sam Snead’s eighty-two career wins ahead of him. Consider the effect that a special father and son relationship can have on their life, and on the lives of many others.

Tiger Woods At 2 Years Old

https://www.golf.com/tour-news/2018/03/13/masters-2018-how-many-masters-has-tiger-woods-won

https://www.thoughtco.com/tiger-woods-wins-1566352

God’s Word tells of the importance of parental guidance in the total lives of their children.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Living Bible (TLB)

18 So keep these commandments carefully in mind. Tie them to your hand to remind you to obey them, and tie them to your forehead between your eyes! 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting at home, when you are out walking, at bedtime, and before breakfast! 20 Write them upon the doors of your houses and upon your gates,

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Israel 10 – Exodus 15-24

Thunder and lightening classic and modern mix SFX, thatSFXguy, Published on Dec 4, 2013. It was in December in the early 1990s that about fifty-six thousand men gathered in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Dome for a Promise Keepers event. On the opening night, I and the others quickly realized the power of God within His creation of atmospheric events. One of the most powerful, and frightening, thunder storms seemed to have settled over where we were “safely” (?) protected by the roof of the facility. Even, with such a large number of men in front of me, behind me, to the left of me, and to the right of me, it seemed like I was totally alone, and totally defenseless, to the indescribable strength of the thunder and lightening of the storm. This article leads to the discussion of another group of people, Jews, whom had gathered at Mt. Sinai, where there was much greater thundering and lightening, and fear.

The year date of this article is 1447 B.C. (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Frank Charles Thompson, 1858-May 3, 1940, D.D., Ph.D.).

I. The Red Sea Crossing In Review – The Jews crossed safely. The pursuing Egyptians drowned.

A. The following Exodus verses focus on God’s intervention in the safety of the lives of “His chosen people, Israel,” (Deu 14:2). Is clear that God parted the waters of the Red Sea, and the Israelites were given safe passage from one side of the Red Sea to the other. It is also very clear that the pursuing Egyptian soldiers were drowned when God caused the parted waters to return to their normal depth, covering the Egyptians.

B. Exodus 15:4, 10, 19 (NASB) 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 10 “You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 19 For the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, and the Lord brought back the waters of the sea on them, but the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea.

C. There are many people, including members of liberal churches, who doubt that God parted the Red Sea. To discount the truth of the Red Sea crossing is to doubt all of the books of Moses, as will as all other books of the Bible, which were written under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit. The following verse of scripture shows such inspiration, which is included in the New Testament, but relates specifically to Old Testament writings. There was no New Testament at the time of the following 66 A.D. writing.

D. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

II. God’s Provisions For The Daily Needs Of The Jews (Physically and Spiritually)

A. Exodus 15:22, 25, 27 (NASB) The Lord Provides Water

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. 25 Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them 27 Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.

B. Exodus 16:1, 4-7 (NASB) The Lord Provides Manna

1 Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the sons of Israel, “At evening you will know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt; 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord

C. Exodus 16:8, 13-18 (NASB) The Lord Provides Meat

8 Moses said, “This will happen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; 12 “I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”13 So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground. 15 When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Gather of it every man as much as he should eat; you shall take an omer apiece according to the number of persons each of you has in his tent.’” 17 The sons of Israel did so, and some gathered much and some little. 18 When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and he who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat.

D. Exodus 16:22-35 (NASB) God establishes the Sabbath, a sign between God and the Jews.

The date of this passage of scripture is 1491 B.C. This is the first mention in scripture of the Sabbath since Creation and the removal of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden (4004 B.C.). Therefore, the time that has elapsed is 2513 years. Dates come from the Scofield Study Bible. vs 23.”a holy sabbath to the Lord;” the sabbath is the seventh day.

22 Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 then he said to them, “This is what the Lord meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.” 24 So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any worm in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the sabbath, there will be none.”

27 It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My instructions? 29 See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey. 32 Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded, ‘Let an omerful of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’” 33 Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations.” 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony, to be kept. 35 The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

E. Exodus 31:12-17 (NASB) The Sabbath, “A Sign Between God And The Jews.”

The sabbath is shown in this passage to be a sign between God and the Jews. It is holy to the Jews. The sabbath is a sign between God the the Jews forever. The sabbath is not stated as being a sign between God and gentiles. There is no requirement for gentiles to keep the sabbath, either in the Old Testament or New Testament. The Old Testament was written to Jews, about Jewish things. Key in Old Testament teaching are the coming of the Messiah, and the end times deliverance of Israel. The Law was given to the Jews, and only to the Jews. Within the law, there are teachings of morality, such as murder, that apply to everyone.

12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

F. Exodus 19:1-6 (NASB) Moses On Mt. Sinai – God to make Israel His own possession

1 In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain. 3 Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. 5 Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

G. Exodus 19:16-20 (NASB) Fear On Sinai – There was no dome over the Jews that were gathered at Mt. Sinai. They could realize no protection over them to protect them from the ‘thunder, lightening, trumpet.’

16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

The Lord Visits Sinai – Fire, smoke, earthquake, loud trumpet sound, thunder

H. 18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

I. The following video will give you an idea of how great the Presence of God was on Mt. Sinai.

The Real Mount Sinai (- is in Saudi Arabia!) ledeReini Engler Published on Jan 23, 2012

J. The Law consists of more than the ten commandments; consider 613!

1. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-613-mitzvot-commandments
Judaism: The 613 Mitzvot (Commandments) – The Torah, or Jewish Written Law, consists of the five books of the Hebrew Bible – known more commonly to non-Jews as the “Old Testament” – that were given by G-d to Moses on Mount Sinai and include within them all of the biblical laws of Judaism. The Torah is also known as the Chumash, Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses.

2. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-written-law-torah
Judaism: The Written Law – Torah. The word “Torah” has multiple meanings including: A scroll made from kosher animal parchment, with the entire text of the Five Books of Moses written on it; the text of the Five Books of Moses, written in any format; and, the term “Torah” can mean the entire corpus of Jewish law. This includes the Written and the Oral Law.

K. The Book of Leviticus shows that the Law applies only to Jews.

1. Leviticus 1:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 1 Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When any man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd or the flock.

2. Leviticus 26:46 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 46 These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai.

M. Provisions Of The Law (MacArthur Study Bible note)

1. Legislation for the Laity (1:1-6:7): Burnt offerings (chap. 1). Grain offerings (chap. 2). Peace offerings (chap. 3). Sin offerings (4:1—5:13). Trespass offerings (5:14—6:7).

2. Legislation for the Priesthood (6:8-7:38): Burnt offerings (6:8–13). Grain offerings (6:14–23). Sin offerings (6:24–30). Trespass offerings (7:1–10). Peace offerings(7:11–36).

O. Sacrifices Of The Law. Animal Sacrifices.

1. Leviticus 9:1-3 (NASB) 9 Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; 2 and he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a calf, a bull, for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defect, and offer them before the Lord. 3 Then to the sons of Israel you shall speak, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both one year old, without defect, for a burnt offering,

2. Consider verse 3, “a lamb without defect.” The only sacrificial lamb, without defect, was Christ.

3. Many people claim to be Torah compliant, or in compliance with the Law. In order to be such a person, all of the law must be kept (James 2:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.) Can anyone say that they are keeping all of the law? See M.1, M.2.,and 0.1. above.

4. In the year 683 B.C., the Jewish prophet Isaiah wrote the prophecy of Isaiah 53:5 to Israel; it is a prophecy which relates to the spiritual healing of Israel. The prophecy looks forward to the cross, when Christ will be sacrificed. It is important to know that this verse does not relate to physical healing, and was not written to the Church. This prophecy was written to Jews about Jewish matters.

a. Isaiah 2:1 (NASB) “1 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.”

b. Isaiah 53:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.”

c. To say that Isaiah 53:5 relates to physical healing, would also say that nobody would ever have a sickness or illness from which they would not recover, and that nobody would ever die.

5. Only the sacrifice of Christ on the cross can cleanse us from sin and make us worthy of eternal life with God…Hebrews 9:11-15 The Message (MSG) “11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.”

6. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross also fulfilled the prophecy of John 1:29, where all whom have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior will be free from the sin that keeps them from eternal life, with that sin being the sin of unbelief… John 1:29 (NASB) 29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!.. John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

7. There is no plan of salvation that is stated in the law. Consider Joshua 24:1-14.

P. It is clear from scripture that the Law relates solely to Jews. It is also clear from scripture that Christ fulfilled the Law. Matthew 5:17 (NASB) 17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

Passion of the Christ – Worthy is the Lamb – Hillsong Erion Published on Apr 13, 2016″

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