Post by disciple4life on Mar 10, 2020 19:05:08 GMT -6
Daffodils are popping up everywhere and it’s finally Spring. New Life!! It’s almost that time of year when we celebrate the Resurrection Day!
In shops and stores everywhere, there are bunnies, and candy and baskets and eggs, all promoting “Easter”.
But this same time of year, all over the world, the culture and the mainstream church has embraced two Catholic myths that are inseparably linked – One being the “Palm Sunday myth", and the other being the “Good Friday Crucifixion.”
I realize that when people realize they have been misled, there are predictable emotions of Denial, Anger and Embarrassment.
It is not my intention to cause strife, but rather to challenge people to simply examine the scripture for yourself, count using six fingers and connect the dots, and before you say "That's absurd" simply try to solve the dilemma.
In this thread, we will only deal with the first one – “Palm Sunday Myth” because the barrier is much smaller to overcome, and it's much less complicated.
We will look at Three main points and examine the scripture that is often overlooked and most frequently used incorrectly.
Then it is a very short step for a middle school child to see this teaching is easily refuted, and one can more easily come to the realization that the Good Friday Myth is equally fallacious.
Just let this thought percolate a few minutes. "Show me a person who believes in the Good Friday Crucifixion and every single time, I will show you a person who believes in the Palm Sunday Myth." Hmmmm. Why is this? Because both are built on the same exact false premise.
So why would pastors who have been to seminary, and have studied hermeneutics keep saying and teaching Jesus came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday if he didn’t?
One, because these pastors heard this same myth repeated all their life, and had entered seminary already accepting this as truth, and no one took time to examine it for themselves. And Secondly, because sadly, many Christians are occupied with other things, and don’t want to be seen as challenging their pastor. They just accept it.
Isn’t it in the Bible that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey on Sunday and the people put down palm branches? Nope. It's a myth cut entirely from whole cloth.
The Catholic church has a long and well-documented history of hatred for Jews and a deep disdain for everything Jewish. They blamed the Jews for the death of Christ, and even banned circumcision, because it seen as Jewish.
** This contempt for Jewish life and culture led them to remove the Hebrew background and worldview and caused centuries of irreparable damage and false doctrines that have since been accepted by millions of protestant pastors.
In Hebrew, the word for sabbath is shabbat. In many languages, the word for Saturday is very close to Shabbat, and most know that the Jewish weekly sabbath is Friday night, Saturday day. But, what many don’t realize is that all the feasts are also ‘shabbat’. It’s one word, but there are 8 shabbats. The 7 feasts of the Lord, and the weekly sabbath are all “Shabbat”.
1. The Catholic church did not understand Jewish sabbaths, or that it’s the same word for the feasts. They started with the flawed assumption that the Passover was on a Friday because of a skewed understanding of preparation day. Because they didn’t understand Feasts, they didn’t realize that Passover is the day to prepare for the First Day of Unleavened Bread. ** They also didn’t understand Hebrew laws concerning which kinds of work was forbidden on which days.
2. So we have to go to an obscure passage that is most often overlooked because it’s only a blurb in a famous story. It’s the story of Mary, the sister of Lazarus, who anoints Jesus with expensive perfume.
John 12:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Mary Anoints Jesus
12 "Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.
3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."
OK, so just for a moment, let’s pretend that Hobbits are real, and Passover was on Friday. Now, take your left hand, and count backwards with your fingers -Thursday -1, Wednesday-2, Tuesday – 3, Monday -4, Sunday -5, and Saturday -6.
The next day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and the people put down palm branches and cried Hosannah. So there’s Palm Sunday, right?? So where’s the problem. ??
The huge problem , or the nail in the coffin of the Palm Sunday myth is that The distance from Bethany to Jerusalem is almost 2 miles, more than 3 ½ times farther than what was allowed on a Sabbath day's journey.
A sabbath day’s journey was a very strict law, and this distance was 2000 cubits. A cubit is 18 inches, a common measurement of an adult man’s forearm, from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. There are 2 cubits in one yard, so this is 1000 yards. For perspective this is ten American football fields or about ten blocks based on Midwest US city block .
John 11:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 “Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off”
3. So we can see from scripture that it could not have been a Saturday when Jesus came to Bethany. It doesn’t work. The entire concept falls apart.
4. Some will say – Jews used “Inclusive reckoning” which is like towing companies count time, so a part of a day, counts as a day. This only makes the problem worse. So if we pretend again that Hobbits are real and Passover was Friday, and we include Friday as the 1st day, and count back six days, we get the trip to Bethany on Sunday, and the Entrance into Jerusalem on Monday. No Palm Sunday.
It's impossible to have Palm Sunday and a Friday Crucifixion. Both myths were based on a flawed interpretation - one that discounts the Hebrew worldview and is ignorant of Sabbaths and the laws that surround them, and completely ignores the only sign that Christ himself gave as proof that he was the Messiah.
He is Risen Indeed.