Shabbat Shalom Yisrael,
Today is Day 16 / Month 1!
The Day of the Omer Wave Offering.
6 “And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to YAHUAH – seven days you eat unleavened bread. 7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. 8 ‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to YAHUAH for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ” 9 And YAHUAH spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before YAHUAH, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to YAHUAH, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to YAHUAH, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one fourth of a hin of wine. bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day you have brought an offering to your Elohim- a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to YAHUAH.”
It is important to understand that the phrase “the morrow after the Sabbath” is a reference to the 16th of the 1st Month (Abib). The word “Sabbath” in this phrase referrs to the 1st day of Unleavened Bread/15th of Abib.
…If you remember, YAHUSHA was killed around 3:00 P.M. on the 14th of Abib… They had to get Him down from the stake before the High Sabbath of the 1st day of Unleavened Bread/15th of Abib:
“30 So when YAHUSHA took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 31 Therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the stake on the Sabbath – for that Sabbath was a high one – the Yehudim asked Pilate to have their legs broken, and that they be taken away. 32 Therefore the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was impaled with Him, 33 but when they came to YAHUSHA and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.” ~Yohanan/John 19:30-33
15th of Abib = Sabbath
Here is another look at Leviticus 23:9-16 from the Brenton translation of the LXX:
9 And the [YAHUAH] spoke to Moses, saying, 10 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, When ye shall enter into the land which I give you, and reap the harvest of it, then shall ye bring a sheaf, the first-fruits of your harvest, to the priest; 11 and he shall lift up the sheaf before [YAHUAH], to be accepted for you. On the morrow of the first day the priest shall lift it up. 12 And ye shall offer on the day on which ye bring the sheaf, a lamb without blemish of a year old for a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord. 13 And its meat-offering two tenth portions of fine flour mingled with oil: it is a sacrifice to [YAHUAH], a smell of sweet savour to [YAHUAH], and its drink-offering the fourth part of a hin of wine. 14 And ye shall not eat bread, or the new parched corn, until this same day, until ye offer the sacrifices to your [Elohim]: it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 And ye shall number to yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day on which ye shall offer the sheaf of the heave-offering, seven full weeks: 16 until the morrow after the last week ye shall number fifty days, and shall bring a new meat-offering to [YAHUAH].
Notice in verse 11 how the LXX uses the phrase, “on the morrow of the first day”, in place of “the morrow after the sabbath”… These two phrases are in complete harmony, if you understand the first day of Unleavened Bread is the sabbath in question.
Also notice that in verse 15 that the LXX uses “the day after sabbath”interchangably with verse 11’s “on the morrow of the first day“…
Again notice in verse 15 & 16 how the LXX uses the word week/weeks instead of sabbath/sabbaths…
Compare verse 15:
“…count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.” ~The Scriptures
“…seven full weeks:” ~LXX
Compare verse 16:
“Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days,” ~The Scriptures
“until the morrow after the last week ye shall number fifty days,” ~LXX
The LXX clearly shows that the word sabbath(s) mentioned in Leviticus 23:9-16 in the Masoretic text can mean “week(s)” and that the sabbath of reckoning being referenced in verses 11 and 15 refers to the first day of unleavened bread, thus clarifying the Masoretic text.
This also agrees with the historian Josephus:
“But on the second day of unleavened bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them. And while they suppose it proper to honor [Elohim], from whom they obtain this plentiful provision, in the first place, they offer the first-fruits of their barley, and that in the manner following: They take a handful of the ears, and dry them, then beat them small, and purge the barley from the bran; they then bring one tenth deal to the altar, to [Elohim]; and, casting one handful of it upon the fire, they leave the rest for the use of the priest. And after this it is that they may publicly or privately reap their harvest. They also at this participation of the first-fruits of the earth, sacrifice a lamb, as a burnt-offering to [Elohim].” ~Josephus Antiquities 3 250-254
In the Aramaic Targum Onkelos Leviticus 23:15-16 is translated:“And you shall count to yourself from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven weeks shall be completed: Even to the morrow after the seventh week shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering to YAHUAH.”
A CLOSER LOOK:
“10 “Speak to the children of Yisrael, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before YAHUAH, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.” ~Leviticus 23:10, 11
SO HOW DID YISRAEL KEEP THIS COMMANDMENT WHEN THEY CAME INTO THE LAND???
LET’S GO TO THE SCRIPTURES!
“10 And the childen of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. ~Joshua 5:10-12 (KJV)
Well verse 10 seems straightforward…Passover on Day 14 / Month 1
In verse 11 the phrase “the morrow after the Passover” refers to Day 15 / Month 1 which is also used in Numbers 33:3:
“And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on (((the morrow after the Passover))) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.”
This would also explain the reference to the (((unleavened cakes))) and the eating of the (((old corn))), since Yisraelite were not permitted to partake of the new first-fruits until the priest offered Omer Wave Offering on Day 16 / Month 1 (Leviticus 23:10, 11).
In verse 12 it refers to the manna ceasing on the “morrow after they had eaten of the old corn”, which was Day 16 / Month 1… It is interesting to note that the manna was sent on Day 16 / Month 2 in 1437 B.C.E. and ceased on Day 16/ Month 1 in 1397 B.C.E. It is like YAH is trying to get our attention… (((Day 16))) was the Start & End of the Manna Cycle and the Start of the First Fruits of the Land.
The Day 16 Connection
Day 16 / Month 1 connects all 3 Feasts together
Day 16 is the “morrow after the Sabbath” within the Feast of UnleavenedBread. Day 16 is the start of the 50 Day Omer Count, which directly links the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). On Day 16 / Month 1 in 1437 B.C.E. the children of Yisrael camped at Sukkoth, which gives us mental connection to the Feast of Sukkot!!!
Day 16 / Month 1 = Omer Day 1
“COUNT SEVEN WEEKS FOR YOURSELF. BEGIN TO COUNT SEVEN WEEKS FROM THE TIME YOU BEGIN TO PUT THE SICKLE TO THE GRAIN. AND YOU SHALL PERFORM THE FESTIVAL OF WEEKS TO YAHUAH YOUR ELOHIM, ACCORDING TO THE VOLUNTARY OFFERING FROM YOUR HAND, WHICH YOU GIVE AS YAHUAH YOUR ELOHIM BLESSES YOU.” ~DEBARIM/DEUTERONOMY 16:9, 10
Shabuot (Feast of Weeks) 2016 starts May 13th at sunset!