“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the appointed festivals of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, my appointed festivals. Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to the Lord throughout your settlements.
4 These are the appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall celebrate at the time appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight,[a] there shall be a passover offering to the Lord, 6 and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. 8 For seven days you shall present the Lord’s offerings by fire; on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation: you shall not work at your occupations.
According to the Law of Moses, no work was to be done on the Sabbath (the seventh day of every week: Saturday) nor on holy days (Yom Tov). Two of those holy days are the 14th and the 15th of Nissan. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus was crucified and buried on the 15th of Nissan, a Friday, one day prior to a Saturday Sabbath. Here is the problem: Jews were to observe the same restrictions on the 15th of Nissan (Friday that year) as they would observe the following day, the 16th of Nissan, a Saturday Sabbath! Why were so many devout Jews violating Moses’ law in the three Synoptic accounts of Jesus’ trial, execution, and burial?
Here is a list of the violators:
–The chief priests and a great multitude of Jews: they show up to Jesus’ arrest with swords and staves (Mt. 26:47)
–The high priest: he tears his clothes (Mt. 26:65)
–The chief priest: a fire was lit in his house (Lk. 22:55)
–The high priest: a trial takes place in the high priest’s palace (Mt. 26:56-64)
–Simon the Cyrenian: he came in from the fields (Mk. 15:21)
–Joseph of Arimathea: he purchased burial linen (Mk. 15:46)
–the women followers of Jesus: they prepared spice and ointments (Lk. 23:56)
Yet…Christians tells us that first century Jews were very, very strict about observing Moses Law, in particular, not defiling a sabbath. “No first century Jew would have moved Jesus’ body on the Sabbath. The skeptics’ claim that the cause of the Empty Tomb was that someone had moved the body of Jesus is absolutely implausible!”
If we believe the Gospels, first century Jews were committing all kinds of violations of Moses’ law on holy days consecrated to God.
These stories are not historically reliable, my friends! Are we really to believe that so many devout Jews were violating the Law?
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