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 This would also be the day when members of the council went to Pilate to request that he set a guard at the tomb until the third day, to prevent the disciples from stealing the body, pretending a resurrection (Matt. 27:62-66).
Matthew’s account leaves the women at the sepulchre, then transitions to the following day.
“62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,”
A literal rendering of this verse is as follows,
Now the next day, which is after the preparation, gathered together the chief priests and Pharisees to Pilate.
This day after the preparation, of necessity, is a sabbath. Many have been conditioned to think of the term preparation, as being equal to our Friday. This is erroneous and is responsible for many misinterpreting the Scripture, such as in this case.
We know that the day of the burial of Jesus was the 14th of Abib. The day after the Fourteenth is the Fifteenth. This Fifteenth day, as already noted, is regarded as a sabbath type day. Even this sabbath of the Fifteenth would require its preparation time.
Sixteenth of Abib
This would be the day on which the women go to market, and purchase spices for the anointing of the body of Jesus. Here is why we say this.
1. We have already stated that the women remained at the tomb after the sabbath of the Fifteenth had begun. The sabbath had begun while they were still at the tomb, making it impossible for them to go to market and purchase the needed spices at that time. (Matt. 27:60-61) The market would be closed due to sabbath.
2. Luke 23: 54-56 is key to the chronology. Luke reports that after they had laid the body in the tomb, the women returned, prepared the spices, and then rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
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