In Genesis 1 it says YHWH did work to start:
3 Then YHWH said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

There was light! And what did He call the light?

4 And YHWH saw the light, that it was good; and YHWH divided the light from the darkness. 5 YHWH called the light DAY, and the darkness He called Night.

He called the light DAY. How many hours are in the day?
John 11:9 9 Yashua answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world”.

So then there was evening and then there was morning. The first day.

The first day ends in the morning when the next day starts again and YHWH does what? More work…

Genesis 1:6-8
6 Then YHWH said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus YHWH made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And YHWH called the firmament Heaven

It has just been the day…and YHWH worked again. Then what?

So then there was evening and then there was morning. The second day.

and on it goes……

” “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb” (Matt.28:1, NKJV).

Here we see that the first day of the week (Yom Rishon or Yom Echad) did not begin until light began to grow in the eastern sky. Similarly, the evening after the crucifixion, the Sabbath did not begin at sunset. The biblical text makes it clear that the Pharisees and other religious authorities did not want the bodies of Yah’shua (Jesus) and the two thieves either side of Him to remain on their crosses over the Sabbath had begun:

“Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Judeans asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Yah’shua (Jesus) and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs” (John 19:31-33, NKJV).

As it took several days for a crucified victim to die, their deaths were accelerated by breaking their bones to ensure that they were neither alive nor remaining on the crosses on the Sabbath, so as not to defile the Sabbath. This had to be done, therefore, by the following dawn, giving the authorities the evening and night to make sure everything was finished and cleared away.

“Now when evening had come (i.e. after sunset), there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a talmid (disciple) of Yah’shua (Jesus). This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Yah’shua (Jesus). Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed” (Matt.27:57-60, NKJV).

This was not something that could be done in a few minutes. It took many hours – all night, in fact. This the sequence of events which had to take place were:

1. Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate to ask for the body (Mt.28:58) but Pilate did not believe Yah’shua (Jesus) could have died so soon from an execution technique that typically took several days, so he sent the centurion to confirm the death (Mk.15:44-45);
2. Joseph went and got burial linens, returned to Calvary, and removed the body (Mk.15:46);
3. Nicodemus arrived bringing 100 pounds of myrhh and aloes for the embalming proceedure (Jn.19:39);
4. The body would have been washed before being painstakingly bound in “strips of linen with the spices” (Jn.19:40);
5. The body was then laid to rest in Joseph’s own tomb which was nearby (Mt.27:59-60).

This lengthy process would have taken the entire night to finish. The Sabbath did not begin in the “evening” because that was the very time that Joseph of Arimathea first went to Pilate to ask for the body to start the whole body-reclamation, embalming and burial process off!

“Now when evening had come (i.e. after sunset), because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of Elohim (God), coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Yah’shua (Jesus)” (Mark 15:42-43, NKJV).

The work of preparing the body of Yah’shua (Jesus) for burial finished just as the Sabbath began to dawn:

“Then [Joseph of Arimathea] took [the body of Yah’shua/Jesus] down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before. That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near (epiphosko)” (Luke 23:52-54, NKJV).

The Greek word epiphosko, which the NKJV renders “drew near” (or “drew on” in the KJV) literally means ‘to begin to grow light’, ‘begin to dawn’, being a form of epiphauo (Strongs #2017) meaning ‘to illuminate’ or ‘give light’ [2].

“Because they waited until evening to even begin the process of seeking permission to take the body, remove it from the cross, clean and wrap it, and so on, it took them the night hours to do their work. They did not finish until the Sabbath began as it started to grow light” [3]. “


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