Passover to Pentecost – Three Days Week 2 Day 7
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers. Luke 2:46 (NIV)
I have done many number studies just because they are interesting. This number related study came as a surprise; the term “three days” has been several places in connection with the Exodus and Counting the Omer. The ones that caught my attention have been:
- “three days” to go to worship in the desert
- same time after each of the first two Passover’s, with no water or complaining about food
- the story in Luke of Joseph and Mary looking for Jesus
- the plague where the sun was darkened for three days
- Joshua moving the people into the Promise Land, they had a three day notice
- The three days Jesus spent in the tomb
Pre-Exodus stories include the sacking of Shechem by Jacob’s sons, and Joseph with Pharaoh’s servants and their dreams. Shechem is where Joshua read the blessings and curses to the people, and the dream helped get Joseph into the position to help his family. Post-Exodus stories include Jonah in the whale which is a shadow for Jesus being in the tomb three days (Passover).
To help you study use https://www.biblegateway.com and search “three days.”
The number three maybe associated with God (triune). But this “three day” period seems to be a waiting period and frequently there is a test at the end of it. In Exodus 15 (three days after the first Passover) God talks about testing the people, and in Numbers 10 (2nd Passover) God said they had tested Him ten times and it was over! I view the story in Luke as a test for Mary and Joseph in their understanding of who Jesus really was.