Yeshua, The First Fruits, The Omer
I have been reading and thinking about all the various theories about when to start the Omer Count. A well thought out essay I read today got me thinking. The writer is intelligent, and seeking the correct path. He is correct in his sense of there being too much uncertainty about the symbology of Yeshua being crucified on the first day of Passover, while also being crucified on the preparation day for a special sabbath, and Mary Magdalene finding his empty tomb in the predawn hours of Yom Rishon (Sunday). I was about to throw up my hands and admit that this is another example of “irreducible ambiguity”. Until I thought some more. And following the writer’s path of Verses and others, I have come up with an explanation that I believe fulfills all the criteria. What started as a response, became a whole in itself.
I was directed to notice the impossibility of Yeshua being and eating the Pesah Lamb. You wrote, “Ok so now we have our first and second witnesses I can give more but I think this should suffice. So we can conclude that Yeshua was killed on the preparation day, just as every Pesach (Passover lamb) in Israel was.”
This cannot be so. The Last Supper was the First Seder. Yeshua ate that supper with His disciples. The First Seder of Passover occurs as the sunsets on Nisan 14. Nisan 14 is the Preparation day. All over Israel, homes are cleaned out of humetz (leavened foods). As the 14th blended into the 15th,, Yeshua obviously the leader of the Seder, would have held up a plate with three matzot and exclaimed “This is the bread of affliction.” He may have taken the middle matzot and split it in half, putting half away, out of sight until the end of the supper, as the Afikomen. After the meal they returned to Gethsemane, where they slept until the morning, still on the 15th of Nisan, when the Romans arrived and Judas Iscariot, kissed him on the cheek. Later that same day, He was crucified and died, was entombed in the tomb of Joseph of Aramathea. John 19:31The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other, which was crucified with him.
Clearly, then, Yeshua was crucified on a day preceding a High Sabbath of the Jews.
John 20:1 then states that early on the First day of the week while it was still dark, Mary M. went to the tomb and saw that the Stone had been removed from the entrance. Therefore there is a certain length of time between the end of chapter 19 and the start of Chapter 20. But the “First day of the week” is indisputably “Sunday”, Yom Rishon (Hebrew for first day. Hebrew has never named the days of the week, only numbers them Rishon, for first, to Shabbat.)
Given Yeshua’s likening himself to Jonah, and retrospectively His Disciples recognizing that he like Jonah was three days in the depths of the world, we must presume that the day He was crucified was a Preparation for a Special Sabbath, that had to have occurred three days before the weekly Sabbath.
Yeshua was not the Pesah Sacrifice. Nor was he the Sacrifice of the yearling male lamb without any imperfection that was sacrificed the day after the First Fruit was brought in.
He was sacrificed on the Preparation Day for the High Sabbath of First fruits. HE WAS THE FIRST FRUIT!
By drinking the bitter cup to its dregs He became the First Fruit. Thus when He took matzot and said the Blessing and gave it to them he said: “This is my body given for you: do this in remembrance of me”. In the same way He took the Last Cup (the 4th cup called the cup of the Messiah by the Jews, to this day!) presumably blessed it and said, “This Cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Paraphrase of Luke 22:19-20)
The High Sabbath the next day was the morrow after bringing in the first fruit. It consisted of the Yearling Lamb with no imperfections given as a burnt offering to the LORD. Therefore Yeshua was the First Fruit! So we should start counting the Omer from Nisan 15: JUST AS THE JEWISH TRADITIONAL CALANDER DOES.
It is so ironic, as are so many of the issues separating Judaism and Churchianity, that the proper understanding of Yeshua and the Torah would clear up instantly, once the scales are allowed to fall away.