Aviv 10 Shabbat HaGadol “The Great Sabbath”, no matter which day it falls on.
2020: sunset Friday, April 3 – sunset Saturday, April 4
In ancient Israel, today was the day that the head of each household would select a perfect, unblemished lamb for the family’s Passover sacrifice and meal.
This is the day that Yeshua made His “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem. He was greeted by throngs of people jubilantly welcoming Him as King of the Jews and shouting “Hosanna!” which means “Please! Save us!” They had no idea that they were “selecting the true Passover Lamb”. As Yeshua rode on the back of a young donkey into the city and toward the Temple, the selected Passover lambs for Israel were being herded into the city before Him. (Those who traveled great distances to be in Jerusalem for Passover selected and bought their perfect lambs when they arrived.) Imagine what might have been going through His thoughts on this day.
Today, Jews mark this day on the regular Sabbath preceding Passover. (This is a rabbinical tradition, not in accordance with the written Word of God.)
Followers of Yeshua may want to mark the actual day – Aviv 10 – is some way meaningful to them. Read the corresponding Scriptures, sing some choruses or hymns, and teach about this day to your family. Congregations may want to hold a special service marking the event…often called by Christians “Palm Sunday” as in the year of Yeshua’s death and resurrection, the date of Aviv 10 did fall on a Sunday.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Exodus 12:3-6 Isaiah 62:10-12 Zechariah 9:9 Malachi 3:4 -4:6 Matthew 21:1-10 Mark 11:1-11 Luke 19:28-44 John 12:12-19