Yesterday, while having a conversation with my brother, Rafael Trevino, he mentioned a little nugget in passing. I had to hit the ‘wait, what was that you just said’ button.
I’m not sure how our conversation touched on the Lunar Sabbath, but he related that in a debate with someone on the topic he had asked the Father for clarity and how to refute it and the Father said, ‘Count the omer!’
As soon as I heard Rafael say that I thought, “Brilliant!! But, of course, what else would the Father give?”
Recall that Lunar Sabbatarians reset their calendar with each new moon which always results in one odd week a month because the moon cycle is +/- 29.5 days, not evenly divisible by 7. Therefore, by definition, seven Sabbaths is always more than 49 days. ALWAYS! And, to exacerbate the discrepancy, there are always TWO new moons during the omer count leading to a minimum of three extra days added to the count.
Now, the two verses..
15 ‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.Leviticus 23:15-16
Fifty days. Period.
So, to be clear, I’m not judging brothers who observe the Lunar Sabbath, but it appears that the omer count, as detailed in Scripture, exposes and collapses that position. Selah.
Next: Exposing the aviv barley hunt…