Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Yeshua. Part Three

So far we have established that the Jews were indeed looking for the Messiah around time of 6-7 AD. To nail down the exact year of Yeshuas birth, we have to study the Jewish rite of passage into adulthood, the Bar Mitsvah.

Every child, in order to enter into adulthood must go through the rite of Bar Mitsvah (Males) or Bat Mitsvah (Females). According to Jewish law, when Jewish children reach the age of majority,thirteen years for boys and twelve for girls, they become responsible for their actions, and become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a son or daughter of the commandments or law. Prior to this, the child's parents hold the responsibility for the child's adherence to Jewish law and tradition. After this age, children bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics and are privileged to participate in all areas of Jewish community life.

In Matthew 5:17, Yeshua stated that he did not come to destroy but to fulfill the law.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

With that said, Yeshua would have became a Bar Mitsvah in 6-7 AD thereby qualifying himself as the Meshiach or Shiloh. This was publically declared by the holy men of Israel when they went through the streets of Jerusalem tearing their clothes and declaring that the sceptor had been taken from them and Shiloh had not come. Indeed the Meshiach had come and was fulfilling the law by becoming a Bar Mitzvah at the same time. At this time, Yeshua would have been thirteen years old. Counting back thirteen years, we come to 6-7 BC, which would have been the year of his birth.

Next time, we begin to establish the actual month of his birth.

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