Bible Quiz Question #7
Today is the Sabbath but it also happens to be a High Sabbath on יְהֹוָה’s calendar. What is today called?
Answer: The date in reference is April 30th, 2016 or by יְהֹוָה’s calendar, Aviv 21, 6016[i]. This is 7 days past this year’s Passover. The answer is: The last day of the Feast of Matzah otherwise known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
It starts with a high Shabbat in which no work is allowed and ends 7 days later with another high Shabbat. Many simply call it the Passover but the actual Passover sacrifice occurs on the afternoon of the 14th of Aviv and the feast went from the 15th to the 21st of Aviv. Don’t forget that יְהֹוָה’s day is from sunset to sunset.
According to Bible chronology, the Last Supper was on the Passover but at the beginning of the 14th day “at even” or after sunset[ii].
I’m going to borrow from “Believer’s Bible Commentary” by William MacDonald[iii].
“The Feast of Unleavened Bread occurred in connection with the Passover. It extended over a period of seven days, beginning with the day after Passover—i.e., from the fifteenth day of Nisan[iv] to the twenty-first. The names of these two feasts are often used interchangeably. During this time the Jews were required to put away all leaven from their households. In Scripture, leaven speaks of sin. The feast pictures a life from which the leaven of malice and wickedness has been put away, and a life which is characterized by “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co_5:8). There was no lapse between the Passover (our redemption) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (our obligation to walk in holiness) . . . Even today the Jews eat unleavened bread during this feast. The bread is called matzo. The preparation of matzo involves piercing the bread, and in the baking process it becomes striped. This unleavened bread clearly reminds us of the sinless Messiah. He was pierced for us, and by His stripes we are healed.”
I need to point out that the month of Nisan is an innovation by the Rabbi’s. The Bible calls the first month of the New Year Aviv[v] and the post Babylonian Rabbi’s[vi] moved the New Year into fall contrary to יְהֹוָה’s word. You were probably worried that it was only the church that thought it was necessary to overrule יְהֹוָה and change His word.
If you eat your Passover meal after sunset on the beginning of the 15th day which is the tradition, you eat matzah. If you are celebrating the Last Supper which occurred just after sunset on the beginning of the 14th day, you eat normal puffed up yeasty bread.
Since the church is confused and possibly parsimonious, it routinely serves matzah in the communion. If you are honoring the Last Supper in your communion, the bread that should be served is regular yeasty bread. A little more work for the janitor and the vacuum cleaner but we can’t let the dogs take care of it like they did back in the day.
[ii] It was common in Messiah’s day and even unto today for the 14th of Aviv, the day of Passover, to be incorporated into the Feast of Matzah which runs from the 15th to the 21st. This is not according to Moses and accordingly would not be according to Y’shua. The day 14 Passover WAS a day of preparation for the Passover Seder that was eaten on day 15. Part of the preparation was the slaying of the Passover lamb. The Last Supper was not a Passover Seder.
[iii] “BELIEVER’S BIBLE COMMENTARY”, WILLIAM MACDONALD; Edited by Arthur Farstad; THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS
Nashville; Copyright 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989 by William McDonald. All rights reserved. eSword version.
[iv] Takanot: Rabbinical innovation. According to Encyclopedia Judaica, Takanot are “rules enacted by the Pharisees which change or negate Biblical Law.”
[v] Sometimes written as Abib.
[vi] Jewish Rabbi’s are a well known and respected group today representing Jewish thought and Theology but they derive their authority from the Oral Law, collected and written down in the Mishnah and Talmud. The Oral Law is a greater authority than the written Bible according to them. They have several branches with the most prominent branch being the Pharisees. The Pharisees were the most vicious enemies of Y’shua because He called them on their pretense of representing the Almighty and his word. They had a good gig but they were being busted by the Son of man, God Himself! Today’s Orthodox Jew is one and the same Pharisee who celebrate their Holy Mishnah and Talmud and down play the Commandments of God and the Torah of Moses. The Pharisees and the Catholics share at least one thing in common. The use of murder against their enemies as a way to uplift their bloody thrones. OK, let’s throw the Lutherans to the wolves, Martin Luther ordered the murder of the Anabaptists over the question of sprinkle baptism vs. immersion baptism.