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June 10, 2011 / attilashrugs

Mutual and Reciprocal Blindness (OR Mutually Assured Distraction!)

Mutual and Reciprocal Blindness  (OR Mutually Assured Distraction!)
There is an irony in the counting to Shavuot and Pentecost.

Mainstream Christians count from Easter Sunday. They interpret the Torah’s law regarding the Omer as being elevated on the first Sabbath after its earliest harvest.

The Torah states (Leviticus 23) 9 The LORD said to Moses, 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect…15 “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf (omer) of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.  …21 b This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.
Acts 2: 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

When the Day of Pentecost had “fullycome: what does “fully” mean?  I would guess that despite Israelite custom of counting days from sunset to sunset, “fully” come would imply that it was the next morning, or daylight part of the day.

This must have been the Day of Shavuot, for all were there of “one accord”, which explains why so many Jews from all around the Mediterranean were present.  Clearly the First Pentecost of Christianity was the day of Shavuot of that fateful year.  However the Christian practice of Pentecost diverged from the Jewish practice of Shavuot.  Christianity substituted Easter Sunday for “that Sabbath” on which they count the seven weeks and call the following day, always a Monday, Pentecost.

 

But how did the Jews count? From when did they begin? According to the Torah it would occur at various times in various years.  Even at various times in the same year at various places.  This variability of when the first of the harvest is brought necessitates the practice of counting.  If it were originally the same day every year in which the first of the harvest was brought, Shavuot would be the same day every year.  There would be no need to count!  Apparently as the Temple was built and the population spread through the land, and beyond, a standard day was chosen to be the day on which the Count to Shavuot would begin.  The Tradition is to count the first Omer (first of 49) at the end of the second Seder, i.e. as the 15th becomes the 16th of Nisan.  Therefore the day prior to this

 

Apply this to Yeshua. The Last Supper was Nisan 14, evening, as Nisan 15 began. The following morning, the 15th still, he was arrested, and later that day judged crucified died and was entombed before sunset. John 19:31, 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.   What special Sabbath could this be?  Jewish Tradition makes the Second Seder the start of the count.  This begins as the Day of the 15th ends.  It was in Preparation for this second Seder, and the First Omer that the crucifixions were rushed.

The Jewish Practice if applied to Yeshua makes Yeshua to be The First Fruit! The First Seder is The Last Supper, which was Nisan 15 by its conclusion.  But the fullness of the day had not yet arrived. The 15th dawned with betrayal, proceeded with a trial, a sentence and its execution. Jewish Tradition when applied to the events of the Passion is extremely meaningful!  It establishes Yeshua as The First Fruits!  The understanding of the identity of Yeshua would have fulfilled the Day of Waving the First Fruit and blazed forth with Meaning!  Alas, it was lost of meaning because having been rendered blind, the Jewish Establishment and Roman ruling class were unable to see and connect.

Now the Christian dating of Pentecost is equally erroneous.  They count from Easter Sunday. According to Christian tradition, Pentecost is always seven weeks after Sunday; that is to say, 50 days after Easter (inclusive of Easter Day). In other words, it falls on the eighth Sunday, counting Easter Day.  By counting from Easter Sunday inclusively, they are in effect counting from Saturday, the day before Easter.  Despite claims to the contrary, the Christian Practice confirms the true nature of the seventh day as Shabbot before, during and after the life of Yeshua!

 

The Christian Practice gives the lie to Sunday “Sabbath”! Mutually assured distraction!  And the Jewish Tradition implies Yeshua is the First Fruit!

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