Fallacy of the Lunar Sabbath? – Hardly -Part 2

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The Fallacy of Lunar Sabbaths Part 2

I was about to skip all of this as it does not use the Bible to prove anything, then I came across this:

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An argument is advanced by the lunar Sabbath proponent that Leviticus 23:15, 16 which reads “seven Sabbaths shall be complete” should be understood as a period of 49 non-consecutive days. This is quite arbitrary and in no other place where the Scripture mentions a period of days [i.e. 40 days and nights] will this argument be advanced. As they say ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’

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There is a serious problem if we are going to start throwing away section of the Bible because they do not agree with us. Saying that it is invented is saying that you deny what is written.

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“Again, it’s [the New Moon Day] not counted as one of the 6 working days – of which all 6 are required to make a “Sabbath complete”…”
So by using the phrase “Sabbath complete” the lunar theory is attempting to say that the “fifty days” of Leviticus 23:15, 16 really means “fifty consecutive working days” and since the New Moon is not a working day it cannot be counted as a part of the fifty. By excluding these days from the 50 day count the lunar Sabbath system attempts to explain why Leviticus 23 with its 7 completed Sabbaths plus 1 day= 50 formula does not invalidate lunar Sabbaths.

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Well that’s up to them. I don’t know that I would agree with that. I believe you need to count the number of days the Lord has asked. As it says days, it means all days, including New Moon day.

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Ironically enough this creative attempt to solve the dilemma creates a whole new problem for the lunar Sabbath theory (with its repeating Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of every month). How so? Certain of the annual “holy convocations” in the Jewish religious calendar are also non-working days and, by the made-up previous rule, they should not count as a part of the necessary 6 working days to bring one up to a 7th day Sabbath. This becomes problematic for the lunar Sabbath theory because it holds to repeated Sabbaths on the same day every month (i.e. See Lev 23:7 where the 16th day of the 1st month is a non-working day hence it should be excluded from the count and would then bump the next Sabbath to the 23rd instead of the 22nd) Other examples could be mentioned as well. To make a long story short, the very rule whereby the lunar Sabbath theory is attempting to solve its dilemma creates a new one for it. Excluding all non-working days from the weekly count would prevent the Sabbath day from being on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th in certain months.

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Well I do not see it the way you have been told. I see the count as a count of days, so it is not an issue.

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Now if that weren’t enough there’s another problem. The lunar Sabbath theory, at least as it was presented to me by this particular advocate, includes the 7th day Sabbath as a part of the total 7 days required for a week but not as a part of the total 50 day count in Leviticus 23. Again, the same author wrote the following.

“The Sabbath would not have counted as one of the work days exactly like the new moon was not counted as one of the working days… …For a sabbath complete would require a full complete week – i.e. 6 days of work followed by a 7th day sabbath.”

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Again as I have pointed out this is not the way the Bible teaches. 7 weeks then 50 days. Count 7 weeks, then count 50 days. There is no skipping days whether they be a new moon day or not.

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Can anyone else see what type of convoluted mess is being created by this theory? Herein we see he collapse of the entire argument. Besides the fact that the “Sabbath complete” argument is against the plain reading of the text – (In the Hebrew the verb “hayah” [to be] is in the imperfect [future tense]- hence ‘seven Sabbaths shall becomplete’ is the correct rendering) we also see a problem. According to our lunar Sabbath advocate in the quote above 1-6 working days plus a non-working 7th day equals a full complete week.

Notice carefully that the lunar Sabbath proponent includes a non-working day (the 7th) is included in the week. The Hebrew word for week is “Shabuwa”- means a period of 7 days. It’s close relation to “Sheba” the Hebrew word for seven proves this. Even the lunar Sabbath proponent will admit this.

Now here is the crux of the matter. In a parallel passage to Leviticus 23:15, 16 which says that seven Sabbaths shall be complete we learn that the same amount of time is called seven weeks.

“Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee” (Deut 16:9,10)

So what are we saying? The 7th day Sabbath (a non-working day) is counted as a part of the week. A week is simply a period of 7 consecutive days (regardless of whether one works or does not work on those days) and no one can dispute this.

The 7 weeks of Deut 16:9,10 are the same amount of time as 7 completed Sabbaths of Lev 23:15,16. Since the Sabbaths (non-working days) are a part of the weekly count why then should any other non-working day be excluded from the count? In light of the fact that 7 weeks are mentioned the only way that the lunar Sabbath proponent can hold to his precocious theory is to argue that the “week” in Deut 16:9,10 does not mean a period of 7 consecutive days.

So what we have seen is that the lunar Sabbath theory must redefine phrases (seven Sabbaths shall be complete) and also words (week) in order to stand.

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I need do no such thing. 7 Weeks. 50 days. Simple.

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As I stated previously the lunar Sabbath proponent must create a rule to deal with the fact that the math doesn’t work out in their system. Such creative reinterpretation is absolute nonsense. The whole attempt to remove certain days out from the weekly count because they are non-working days is foolishness. If the week (7 day period) includes as a part of its count a non-working day every single week (the 7th day of every week) why should it be thought exceptional if the New Moon day (once per month) is included in a 50 day count? Truthfully it shouldn’t and Biblically it wasn’t. 7 weeks and 7 completed Sabbaths are one and the same- 49 days. No ifs ands or buts!

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If you are so certain. Could you then explain how we are shown two lunar months in the Bible, with a link in between, where the Sabbaths fell on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days? Visit this URL to see what I mean: https://robrichmond.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/the-month-in-the-bible/

Then I’d like you ignore the Gregorian Calendar and the timeline for just a moment (as you say God asks you to worship every seven days) and see what happened when one person travels east and one person travels west. (You’ll be out by 48 hours). How? Mid way around the globe you would be 24 hours difference (12 hours out by each person) The entire way around will add another 12 hours each. 28 hours. 2 days difference!

 

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