With today’s program, I will address the following points:
A) When does a biblical day begin and end in the Bible? Sunset to Sunset OR Sunrise to Sunrise?
B) In 2 Chronicles 3:1-2, why did King Solomon begin his work with the House of Yehovah on the First Sabbath of the Seven Sabbaths in the 50-Day Count of the Omer? And did he actually violate the Creator’s Sabbath work prohibition of Exodus 31:15-16?
C) What is the actual significance of the 50-Day and 7-Sabbath Count of the Omer?
Previously, we studied the following points:
1) But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread. We learned that Sha’ul and his physician friend Dr. Luke left the sailing port belonging to Philippi on the 22nd Day of the first Chodesh or first month.
2) In five days joined them at Troas. We learned that Sha’ul and Dr. Luke arrived in the Roman City of Troas in time to join the believing community there for the 26th Day of the first Chodesh or month. On that 26th Day of the first Chodesh or first month, they began their 50-Day Count of the Omer, the same day that the Qumran House of Tzadok taught their followers based on the Book of Jubilees.
3) We stayed seven days. Here, we learned that Sha’ul, Dr. Luke, and the whole Yeshua-believing community of Troas waited until Day 7 in the Count of the Omer, and then on that Seventh Day, which was a weekly Sabbath, they all came together to break bread as we learn from the narrative in Acts 20:7.
4) Now, on the first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread. Here, we learned from this passage that the English translation from Greek is distorted. Literally, from the Greek text, it says: “Now on the One of the Sabbaths, the disciples came together to break bread.” We learned that this is clearly saying that the Troas community of believers in Yeshua, on that Sabbath, began to number Seven weekly Sabbaths according to the divine command in Leviticus 23:16: “Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to Yehovah.”
5) Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. This tells us that Sha’ul delivered a very long drash or lecture until about 2:00 or perhaps 3:00 in the morning. This is why Acts 20:8 says, “There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together.”
Join us for our biblical study today which is a continuation of my series on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran Community House of Tzadok. This is Real Israel Talk Radio Episode 106 and Part 10.