Posted by: thaishin | February 10, 2018

Three days and three nights?

Question from moody radio listener:

What day of the week did Jesus die?

Dr Michael Vanlaningham rephrased the question:

Jesus said that it’s going to be three days and three nights in the grave and yet people will say: he was in there part of the day Friday, all Saturday and part of the day Sunday, so we don’t really have three full days.

Listener:

I’ve always been taught that part of the day in the Jewish calendar counts as a whole day.

Answer from Dr Michael Vanlaningham:

That’s correct. That’s good. We get that from and I won’t read these verses but I will mention them and if you want to jot these down real quick. We get that idea in 1 Samuel 30: 12-13, 2 Chronicles 10: 5, 12, Ester 4:16, Ester 5:1. In Jewish thinking, apparently, any part of the day was counted as that day and so if Jesus is in the grave let’s say Friday night, all day Saturday and part of Sunday morning, any part of those days and their thinking factor is the full day. It’s pretty clear that he died on the Friday before the Sabbath of Passover week, that Friday would have started the Passover and there he dies then. Friday, where it’s the end of his trial, he get’s crucified, give or take around nine o’clock in the morning, passes away on the cross around three on Friday, and on Friday that night starts the Sabbath, the first Sabbath of Passover, Saturday, Sunday.

Related scriptural text:

1 Samuel 30

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. -kjv

2 Chronicles 10

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day. -kjv

Ester 4

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. -kjv

Ester 5

1Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. -kjv

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