Passover - Book 2 - When Does A Day Begin And End? - 6

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When Does A Day Begin And End?

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

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When Does A Day Begin And End?

The Biblical day begins with nightfall one evening and ends with nightfall the next evening. How do we know this?

Genesis 1.5

... the evening and the morning were

Day One.

Genesis 1.8

... the evening and the morning were

the Second Day.

Genesis 1.13

... the evening and the morning were

the Third Day.

Genesis 1.19

... the evening and the morning were

the Fourth Day.

Genesis 1.23

...the evening and the morning were

the Fifth day.

Genesis 1.31

...the evening and the morning were

the Sixth day.

The Christian writers understood a day began at evening.  This can be seen by John's comment.

John 20:1

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was early, when it was yet dark, and saw the stone taken away from the sepulcher.

The first day of the week had already begun.  It was still dark. The sun had not risen. The first day of the week began at nightfall after Saturday day.  It was termed 'the first day' and 'it was yet dark'.  The sun had not come up. This explanation clarifies that there was no disagreement about how a day was defined until 431 years ago when  Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar begins and ends a day at 12:00 am. It is NOT in the mid of night. The mid of night varies according to the time of the year.

Dear Ones, understanding when a day begins and ends in the Bible is very important in relation to the six days leading up to Jesus' death. We will come and go from this point many times in this book. One can see the confusion between the Biblical measurement from that of the Gregorian measurement. The Biblical measurement points to God who Created the world in six days / time periods. When one was making an appointment one would have to return to God's point of reference. The Biblical measurement kept God in our life as a focal point. 

Passover is the First Month of the religious New Year for the Children of Israel. Passover begins on the afternoon of the 14th day of the first month.  Passover begins on Thursday, the Fifth Day of the week. The Festival of Unleavened Bread begins at night fall on the 15th Day of the First Month which is the beginning of the Sixth Day of the Week, Thursday night.

Matthew 26:17

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

The disciples knew this was the 14th day of the first month. They knew this day was Thursday, the fifth day of the week.

Matthew 26:18

And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.

Note the words, 'Go into the city' Jesus and his disciples were not in Jerusalem when they asked this question. Matthew, Mark and Luke agree that Jesus was outside the city of Jerusalem.

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