3rd Day

The pattern of 2 days… then the 3rd day…

9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai…

6 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight

32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ (NASB)  Footnotes:  Luke 10:35 The denarius was equivalent to a day’s wages…

[Oil and wine can represent the Holy Spirit (see the essay… Fill ‘er Up; the series essays… Blood and Blood… Water… Spirit.  What do we drink at the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of His finished work at the cross that gave us the Holy Spirit… Luke 22:15-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 9:17?) and the good Samaritan gave 2 denarii (2 days wages)… so… did this mean he was returning after 2 days of… letting the oil and wine work in the watch care of the innkeeper (comforter)… to settle up?]

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve… (Exodus 19:9-11; Hosea 6:1-3; Luke 10:32-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

One day is like a thousand years…

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:7-9).

With 2 Peter in mind… could all this point to… people are able to wash their clothes in the blood of Christ… be healed with the oil… the wine… (the Holy Spirit) poured out on them for 2 thousand years (2 days)… and, on the 3rd day… those that have… our redeemer is coming for us and a nation (the Spiritual Nation of Israel) will be raised… i.e. the Millennial Reign of Christ Jesus?

16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord…

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish…

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost… (Acts 22:16; Ephesians 5:25-27; Titus 3:5).

You do the math.  Could we be approaching the… 3rd day?  But… in context… The Lord is not slack concerning his promise… is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance… if God is patient for another couple of hours or so… it’s just another 100 years… give or take.  Maybe He’s at the end of His patience… maybe not.

We can know the season… and… I can see some leaves (Luke 21)… but… we don’t know the exact day or hour… so… God said to… always be ready  (Matthew 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Luke 21:34-36).