return to homepage

Sacrificial Offerings and
the Start of the Biblical Day

This page addresses point #6 of "My Burden is Light" You may go back to point #5 here. If you haven't, please read the introduction to this series examining a question about the time of the start of the Sabbath. Point #6 of the study "My Burden is Light" is reproduced below (with only some minor formatting changes) in the shaded portion. The examination and commentary of it follows. If you haven't done so, please read the introduction to this series examining a question about the time of the start of the Sabbath. Point #6 of the study "My Burden is Light" is reproduced (with only some minor formatting changes) in the shaded portion below. The examination and commentary of it follows.

Instructions on Offerings [More proof!]

God gave some specific instructions regarding daily offerings. If we look closely at these instructions we will note that there is evidence in these instructions that prove that a day begins at sunrise ? and not at sunset! Notice Lev 7:15:

"And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning" [H1242].

We are told that the peace offerings were to be eaten the same day that it was offered; none should be left till the morning [H1242]. Now consider:

If the following morning [H1242] was the same day as when the sacrifices were offered, why could none of the offerings be left till the morning [H1242]?
  1. These statements (such as Lev 7:15) suggest that the morning [H1242] marks the beginning of a new day.
  2. Interestingly, the word "morning [H1242]" is translated from the Hebrew word "boqer" (Strong's H1242) and could be rendered as "morrow"!
  3. This demonstrates absolute clarity and continues to solidify the Biblical evidence that a new day begins at sunrise! Taking this definition into account, Lev 7:15 could be translated as:
"And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morrow (morning H1242)." (Lev 7:15)

Notice the following, perhaps even a clearer scripture:

"And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early [H7925 = early morning] on the morrow [H4283 = next day], and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play." (Exo 32:5-6)

Did you notice that Aaron woke up on the morrow [H4283, the next day], which was early in the morning! Does this not yet again clearly indicate that the morning is the beginning of a new day?

Instructions on Offerings

In this discussion about daily offerings the claim is made "that there is evidence in these instructions that prove that a day begins at sunrise." Lets' take a close look:

The verse says:

"And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning." (Lev 7:15)

The question of course is what counts as the same day, the answer being determined by when the next day starts. Here are the two possible arrangements for the start of the day in relation to these instructions:

Sabbath starting at sunrise

Assuming the sacrifice was made during daylight hours, the next morning would not be the same day as when the sacrifice was made in either case. The day could start at either sunset or sunrise and the instruction would remain the same.

If the sacrifice was made in the evening (which I would say is unlikely, but have not seen anything that says it could or couldn't be offered then) then it would have to be eaten and/or any remains disposed of by the morning. In that case, the offering of the sacrifice and the eating/disposal of it is all happening within the evening and therefore both events are obviously happening on the same day. When the day starts is not an issue because in either case everything has to be gone by morning. There is no evidence in this verse that the calendar day starts at sunrise.

The second passage brought up in this point is:

"And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play." (Exo 32:5-6)

Assuming Aaron made the proclamation before sunrise, we have exactly the same situation as in the verse just discussed above.

Sabbath starting at sunrise

In either case, there is a change to a new calendar day (either at sunset or at sunrise) before the next morning when they offered the sacrifices.

Events happening in the light part of successive days occur on separate calendar days regardless of whether a day starts at sunset or sunrise.

If Aaron made the proclamation after sunset we have a different situation.

Sabbath starting at sunrise

If the new calendar day starts at sunrise then the offering of burnt offerings etc happened after the start of a new day at sunrise and so it was the day following Aaron's proclamation.

If the new calendar day starts at sunrise then the offering of burnt offerings etc. happened on the same calendar day that Aaron made the proclamation.

That situation would appear to be a blow to the position that a new calendar day starts at sunset. However, there is no evidence for sure of when Aaron made the proclamation - before or after sunset so there is no proof in this point that the day starts at sunrise.

However, there is also an issue with the meaning of the word "morrow" that is not being considered in "My Burden is Light." That will be dealt with on the next page.

Go to Point #7 (not live yet)

 


Light on the Dark Side

Free book
God is even better than you've ever hoped or imagined.

Prophecy Newsletter
Receive free newsletters reporting and analysing world events related to prophecy.
The Greek has multiple words for forgiveness? God forgives (charizomai) whether we ask or not. Receiving forgiveness (apheimi) is by our choice.
God always forgives!
   

Enjoyed This Site?

Then please use the button below, to add
us to your favorite bookmarking service. And tell your friends about it too.

Subscribe To
This Site

XML RSS
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines
 

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Please leave a comment below.

POWERED BY SITE BUILD IT