Q. According to Sadduces’ method of starting the count, does this mean that when the 14th falls on a Friday, you would observe the wavesheaf before the anniversary of the Messiah’s resurrection (end of 17th)? Also, didn’t Yahshua say to the Sadduces in Mark 12:24 and elsewhere that “you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of Yahweh”?
A. Yes, in this scenario the wavesheaf would fall on Sunday, a day before the anniversary of Yahshua’s resurrection (accounting for the three days and three nights the Messiah was in the tomb). Interestingly, in this example, the Sadducees and Pharisees would have observed the wavesheaf on the same day. This is due to the fact that the Pharisees began the count on the day after the first High Sabbath, Abib 16, and the Sadducees began the count on the morrow after the weekly Sabbath, Sunday, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Therefore, in this specific example, both methods of counting would produce the same results.
Regarding the Sadducees, it’s true that Yahshua reprimanded them in Mark 12:24 for not correctly understanding the resurrection. That being said, He also reprimanded the Pharisees countless times in the New Testament for their man-made traditions and error. Therefore, Yahshua’s reprimands of these Jewish sects are irrelevant as it pertains to His doctrine. Below are a few examples of His displeasure with the Pharisees:
“Then came to Yahshua scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of Elohim by your tradition?” Matthew 15:1-3.
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater judgment. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of Gehenna than yourselves,” Matthew 23:13-15.
“And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,” Mark 8:15.
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