How do you know that Jesus, the Messiah, entered Jerusalem on a Sunday and not on some other day of the week?
You stated the following in your Good Thursday commentary: "Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey (on Palm Sunday, Aviv 10)." Relative to that statement, how does one ascertain that the Messiah came into Jerusalem on Sunday? Incidentally, Sunday, as I know it, is the modern-day heathen name for the first scriptural week day.
There are some who believe that Jesus' trimuphal entry into Jerusalem, on a donkey, took place on a Saturday. They also are inclined to believe that Jesus' crucifixion took place the following Wednesday. I disagree with both of these suppositions.
I will work "backwards" to show that Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem was on the first day of the week, which typically is referred to as "Palm Sunday." Firstly, I am convinced that, a week later, Jesus rose from the dead sometime following sunset after Saturday had ended, at which time Sunday began, since a Hebrew day begins at sunset. So Jesus was resurrected at some point during the darkness of the first day of the week, which was Sunday. This probably was a few hours before Mary Magdalene went to the tomb (John 20:1).
Secondly, three nights and days prior to that would bring us back to sometime during the day on Thursday, since from a Hebraic or Jewish perspective, any part of a day could be considered a "day" and any part of a night could be considered a "night." That is, there would have been the
Thirdly, look at John 12:1, where it indicates that it was six days prior to the Passover that Jesus arrived at Bethany. I believe that the approximately 21 hours of Thursday (which began at sunset the evening before) that took place prior to the Passover (which began mid-afternoon on Thursday, Aviv 14) were the first "day" of the six days, counting back to Saturday. So the six days before the Passover were determined this way:
day 1: the hours of Thursday prior to the beginning of Passover (at mid-afternoon),So Jesus arrived at Bethany sometime on Saturday. At sunset, Sunday began. That night, a dinner was given in Jesus' honor (John 12:2). The next day (during the daylight hours of Sunday), Jesus entered Jerusalem (12:12-15).
day 2: Wednesday,
day 3: Tuesday,
day 4: Monday,
day 5: Sunday, and
day 6: Saturday.
By the way, I agree that our modern-day names of the days of the week are heathen names. However, if I were to use "first day," "second day," "seventh day," etc., in my Good Thursday commentary, it would have been confusing to the majority of people reading it. It certainly would have made many people scratch their heads if I had named the commentary "Good Fifth Day."
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