Hi I am knew to this forum and look forward to learning much and pray the Lord will also let me bring Him glory...
A rather unique history recorded in ancient Jewish writings tells us of a tradition that developed which is not Torah but became the custom in Jerusalem. This article in its entirety can be found at http://www.templeins...rg/passover.htm
but this is not the only source...
This is only one of the witnesses that a change had taken place regarding the Passover meal. First off the Temple priests had instituted a tradition that
a) "a passover sacrifice" was to be made in the Temple
b) that all Jewish people had to bring an offering
c) and that the lambs for the Temple Sedar would be slain on the afternoon of the 14th of Nisan (the eve and morn being a day) and the non-Torah Temple Sedar would be eaten on the evening of the 15th
This was against or contrary to God's laws in thew Torah which specifically say the Passover lamb was to be slain right after sundown on the 14th, bled, and roasted and eaten "in that night" (Exodus 12:8), not in the daylight portion of the 14th and not on the 15th. Second there is no mention in the Torah of all Jews having to bring their Passover offering (which itself is not Torah) to the Temple (which did not even exist yet for 100s of years). A real Kosher or Hallel slaying of the lamb requires about 4 hours for total bleed out...then it is washed and roasted (another couple of hours) and then eaten....
This "tradition" of a Temple Sedar was developed by men after
the Babylonian captivity, and like Sabbath corporate worship in the Synagogue, as well as the Feast of Dedication, it had become seen as obligatory to the masses but was not in any way commanded by God. It was their custom (culturally accepted religious norm and nothing more)
So Jesus kept the appropriate Torah based Sedar with His brethren (and probably the women that were with them) on the evening of the 14th of Nisan and was crucified (slain) in the daylight portion of the same day (at the time the Temple priests were slaying the lambs for their man made Temple Sedar). They developed this tradition with a goodly motive. The idea of a Temple Sedar was to hold the celebration for all those who were travelling and could not be in a home, and for the poor who could not afford a lamb, but by the time of Jesus (like these two other "customs" I mentioned) it had become common place and expected of everyone.
So Jesus was slain on Passover. The fact He had to be taken down and buried before sundown means the next eve/morn cycle was the 7th day Sabbath (which by chance also was the first day of the Torah feat of unleavened bread)...now the feast of first fruits always falls right after the 7th day Sabbath (again proving this middle day to be the 7th day Sabbath) in this feast no matter when the feast begins (on a 1st day, a 3rd day, etc,) and we know from scripture He rose on the feast of first fruits..that is why Passover (the original Christian Pashal celebration celebrating His death till He comes) no matter what day of the week it falls on, is the week when our Easter (the feast of first fruits when Jesus rose from the tomb) directly follows.
So now do the math...Passover was on the 6th day of the week in this year (when He was crucified), He rested in the tomb all of the 7th day Sabbath, and rose on the feast of first fruits (which always immediately follows the 7th day Sabbath in the Feast of Unleavened Bread)....count it any way you will but He rose the third day.
Now then in regard to the OP...no there is no example from scripture where the three days and three nights idiom does NOT mean it includes at least a part of all three days...
In His love
Edited by Brother Paul, 06 April 2013 - 11:11 AM.