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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