Post #19: �Feliz Navidad!
Yes, indeed, everyone, it’s Christmas Eve…I’m holed up in my room and am about to wrap presents for my mom and dad and the dog. We have some family coming over for a while (hence the fact that I’m holed up in my room–j/k). At any rate, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday w/the family and all; don’t tear into your presents too fast or anything.
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Well, we all know that Jesus probably wasn’t born on December 25, but I read something the other day that says He was probably conceived that day. To quote Scott (better known as “Superman” on the CGR message boards):
We read in the OT that there was a rotation for the priests and their duties (I think it’s n Numbers and 1 Chronicles). Its called “the Course of Abia” see Luke 1:5. And for specifics on this rotation, check out 1 Chron 24:10. Now John the Baptists father was told about his wife’s pregnancy after just finishing his priestly duties in the Temple. We know this from Luke. The “Course of Abia” and his turn would have had to fall between 12�18 Sivan (June 13�19) in 5 BC. Luke records the begetting of Jesus 6 months after the conception of John (1:26, 36)
So if we are right in determining this is 5 BC, and knowing how the “Course of Abia” works, and therefore Zachariah must then have been in the Temple to hear about John’s conception in June 13�19, and Luke tells us it was 6 months later Jesus was conceived, a simple calculation would bring us to place the conception of Jesus at the 1st of Tisri�In 5 BC that day falls on December 25th.
“Abia” is just one of 24 course in the priestly ministry. (1 Chron. 24:7�19) There were 2 rotations. Each course occured twice a year. Each course changed every week, starting with the Sabbath. The first course fell by lot to Jehoiarib, and the 8th course to Abia, and so on… The reckoning commenced on the 22nd of Tisri (October 6 in 5 BC) this was the 8th and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the great day of the feast (John 7:37) and a sabbath (Lev. 23:39)
Now assuming that the calculations for John’s conception are correct, and we know it was 6 months prior to Jesus conception (5 BC), and if we take the perfect number of days for gestation of the fetus (280 days) and I think that’s fair, if we assume everything about Jesus was perfect… We simply count ahead 280 from December 25th, and arrive at September 29th (4 BC), which is the 15th of Tisri. THAT is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles! See Lev. 23:39.
Now what kind of Superman would I be if I had no Greek to offer…
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Greek word for “dwell” here is “eskenosen” from the root word “skenoo”
“Skenoo” means “to fix or abide in a tabernacle, to dwell”. That word comes from it’s root word “skenos” which means “a tent, a tabernacle”
In the Old Testament, God dwelled among Israel in a Tabernacle of goat skin. It was a tent. But now, God has dwelled among us in a “tent” or “tabernacle” of humanity. The skin of a human!
So do you see the powerful way John said this? Jesus “tabernacled” among us!
All of the feasts were designated to point to Christ. The Jews just didnt catch on.
Also to consider… Jesus was born during the great census and taxing by Augustus. Most scholars put that between 6 BC and 4 BC anyway… Now there is no way that Rome would have caused such a census and a taxing in the winter months. Caeser would have never been able to get all these people to travel in the winter. The tax was bad enough, but to make them do it in the winter would most likely cause riots and rebellion. Its not logical. Not only that, the best time to tax someone is when? Right after the harvest! And that was when the Feast of Tabernacles was…
If you read the account of this in Luke chapter 1, you can get the details. But knowing he could not travel from Jerusalem to a house on a hill in Juda (verse 39) on the sabbath, and taking in mind he was an old man, it probably took him about 2 days to travel 30 miles. Remember, he loses a day for the sabbath… That would mean he most likely got home on the 21st of Sivan. If we allow him a day of rest (which is fair) then John’s conception would take place on the 23rd of Sivan (June 24th, 5 BC). Shoot ahead 6 months from there, and the conception of Jesus Christ is on December 25th 5 BC. Now John was born exactly 3 months after Jesus conception (Luke 1:56-57) and that would mean Elizabeth carried John for 9 months. So John was born on the 7th of Nisan (March 28 4 BC) and 6 months later, Jesus was born on the 15th of Tisri (September 29 4 BC).
It kind of puts a different slant on things, huh?
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*LiNk oF tHe DaY* Welcome to Our World. A reminder of what the season is all about…enjoy, everyone.