This is Thursday of Passion Week. In first century Jerusalem, this is the mid-point of the first of three yearly festivals, of which Passover is a significant part; the Passover begins tonight at 6pm. Over the next 72 hours, Jesus will fulfill prophecy, redeem a lost world and create a path for a restored relationship between man and God.
The Jewish ‘beginning of the day’ occurs at 6pm (twilight).
Most of the drama will begin at 6pm: the beginning of the Jewish Friday. Christians call this ‘Good Friday’.
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The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
“Observe the month of Abib and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. 2 And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the Lord your God, … at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell in it, there you shall offer the Passover sacrifice, in the evening at sunset … . , at the time you came out of Egypt. 16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths.
Did you know?
In Exodus 23, God ordained that ‘three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me’:
(1) Spring: the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Pesach/Passover),
(2) Summer: the Feast of Weeks (Shavout/Pentecost), and
(3) Fall: the Feast of Booths or Tablernacle (Sukkoth).
This first festival contains three separate events that are celebrated during the week: The Feast of Unleavened Bread followed by Passover (Friday) and concluding with the Feast of First Fruits (Sunday).
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