Hello, John and Doves,
The best discussion of any Sabbaths
besides the weekly Sabbath can be found at Leviticus
23, that great chapter that outlines the
details of all seven Feasts of the LORD, except Passover, which is
instituted, explained, and commanded forever as a memorial in
Exodus, chapter 12.
A careful reading of
Leviticus 23 reveals that Tishrei 10 (Yom Kippur), Tishrei 15(Full
Moon--first day of the Feast of Tabernacles), and Tishrei 22 (the
eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles--the day after the main Feast
ends) are all formal Sabbaths.
However, a close reading of both Exodus 12
and Leviticus 23 reveals that although Passover is a feast, it is
neither a holy convocation, nor a Sabbath. After all, all Israel
was dressed for a far journey--specifically forbidden on a Sabbath.
In addition, the first
and last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are designated holy
convocations, and no servile work was to be done on those days.
However, they are not named as Sabbaths. Traveling does not
qualify as servile work if you are simply saving yourself and your
family, therefore the Jews were "good to go."
Thus, at least in the
case of the Exodus, a lunar Sabbath on the full moon would have been
counterproductive, to say the least.
Susanna Petrie (19
"Lunar Sabbath and the
I am looking for clarification/verification on this
The Passover began on Sunday at sundown which was the beginning of
Nisan 14. Correct?
If the following website (among others) is correct regarding lunar
Sabbaths, and tonight is the full moon, then tomorrow which is Tuesday
is the Sabbath. Then at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday, begins the
first day of the week, which would be feast of Firstfruits and the day
This is a wonderful thing because isn't Tuesday the traditional day for
the Jewish wedding? I know this is several days early from
the 21st which everyone is talking about. But I just felt
compelled to put this out there.