Tuesday, 11 April 2017


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Maundy Thursday, or… Tuesday

Have you ever heard of Maundy Tuesday?  I suspect that most, like me, have never heard of a "Maundy Tuesday", perhaps Maundy Thursday, but not very likely, "Maundy Tuesday".  Why is that?  Why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week? And just what is the "maundy" part of either Maundy Thursday, or Tuesday?

One at a time, beginning with the latter first, “what is the "maundy" part of either Maundy Thursday, or Tuesday?”  Then on to why I suspect few, if any, have ever heard of "Maundy Tuesday".  And then finally wrapping up with why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week!

Maundy Thursday is, in short from "Got Questions . org:

"The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another." (25)

Maundy from "mandatum", Latin or "command" in English.

But it also, as I recall from my Anglican (Episcopalian) days, deals with the ideal of us, G-d's (Christ's) creation, pausing to give some reflection on the serious anguish Christ went through on the eve of His crucifixion...,

 * Pausing to give some reflection on the serious anguish Christ went through on the eve of His crucifixion..., *

The year, is c.~ A.D. 27, it’s about an hour before sunrise on Tuesday (in the Gregorian calendar) April 27, or the 13th day of Abib (or “Nissan”, subsequent to the Babylonian captivity (1)). A young man of roughly 33, perhaps halfway to age 34 years, rose and began to fervently pray, as was His custom everyday, especially on the morning of the day before (2) Passover, for His closest friends, and all of humanity, really.  Later into the morning this young man beckoned a dozen of His most loyal followers, and directed them to “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him that the Teacher says, ‘My time is near. I will keep the Passover (3) with My disciples at your house.’ ” – (4). 

As the day progressed forward, then as sunset quickly approached, the young man directed His followers to observe the last Passover that He will partake of, during His incarnation. (5)  While the evening (Sedar / Passover) meal was in progress, the young man got “…up from the meal and lays aside His outer garment; and taking a towel, He wrapped it around His waist. Then He pours water into a basin. He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel wrapped around Him.” – (6) The mood was a mixture of celebratory, perplexity, somber and even disbelief.  Here’s this man, this fellow in whom everyone’s strong admiration rested, and He is washing His friends dirty, stinky, smelly feet? Interesting as the young man’s feet were washed and anointed with very expensive oils and perfume, not terribly long before by a young lady who was one of His followers also.  And His talk…  He spoke of His betrayal and betrayer, and then…

As the meal was completed, it is now well past sunset and the new day, the 14th of Nissan, has begun (2), they sang a hymn then took a walk to the Mount of Olives. – (7)  While enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane (perhaps the very last place where He would find any semblance of peace, albeit in severe brevity, before paying the most horrific of prices, for the commission crimes that He was not personally responsible for committing at all - Golgotha (8) or Calvary (9)) which at the foot of the Mount of Olives, near the end of “the First Watch” (10) roughly 9 p.m.  This innocent, blames even, young man tells His followers that He is “the True Vine”. (11)  He offers some additional words of encouragement (12) and again states that His loyal followers will, indeed, abandon Him. (13

Once the young man, and His loyal followers have arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where three of His very most loyal followers, Peter, James and John were tasked with standing watch for, just, “three hours while I go yonder and pray.” (14).

The three, although directed very clearly  to ‘stay awake while the young man prayed’, soon fell asleep.  Initially the young man prayed to His Father in Heaven to have the “cup” of suffering, torture and even death, soon awaiting the young man, to be taken away, the young man eventually and ultimately accepted His Father’s will. (15).  Over the next several hours beginning some time after midnight when, as per our Gregorian calendar in use today, Wednesday began, one of the young man’s “loyal” followers arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was accompanied by armed officers and other men provided by the religious leaders of the day. The “loyal” follower of the young man used, as a signal for which person to arrest, a kiss. (16).  At around the latter part of the midnight watch (10), or about 2 a.m. the young man about His loyal followers, and His teachings about, among other things, whether or not He was the true Son of God (17).  The young man’s answers so angered the inquisitors that the young man was eventually accused of having committed blasphemy. A veritable “Kangaroo- Court”, and the first of two such ‘mockeries of justice’ the young man would suffer, just from the religious leaders of the day, followed wherein a unanimous call for the blasphemer to suffer the death penalty. (18). And not long after, one of His loyal followers, one known as ‘the rock’ Peter, denied the young man, and denied knowing Him three times (19).
At around the tail end of the “morning watch (2) or approximately 5 to 6 a.m., (you see, Jewish law demanded that two sessions of the Sanhedrin would hear and try a defendant, a second “kangaroo-court” hearing against the young man was held around 5 a.m., which ended with a mere “rubber stamp” of the first trial's baseless decision.  From this point, around 6 a.m., the young man was bound and sent to face Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect for Judea in the day, for punishment under Roman Law. (20)

Around the First hour, or approximately 7 a.m., the charge having been switched from blasphemy, to treason against Rome, where the young man faced the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate, wherein Pilate questioned the young man. (21)  The young man was beaten, abused, tortured mocked, and humiliated by Herod and his soldiers, where His body was ripped and bruised and turned inti veritable hamburger.  The beating was followed by their placing a bright robe on His fresh open wounds, and a horrific crown of thorns, where He was sent him back to Pilate (22).  Over the next couple of hours Pilate sought to release the young man (23), but was unable to accomplish this as the crowds, lead on by the religious leaders of the day, demanded that he release the prisoner Barabbas. It was at this point where Pilate’s soldiers were directed to severely beat and torture the young man, ripping the bright robe that had been draped over His open, bleeding wounds, causing His wounds to be freshly opened. The young man was then taken to Golgotha (8), or (also known as) Calvary (9), and the Place of the Skull, to be crucified.  Along the route the young man forced to carry His own weapon of execution, a 200+ pound cross, until another man, Simon of Cyrene, was forced to carry the young man’s cross, because the young man, already half dead from the torture He’d endured for the past 15, or so hours, (all as an unjust punishment for sins that He committed not!) collapsed in the street. (24).

The above are a few of the points that make up the “Maundy” part of Maundy Tuesday, or Thursday.

As for why I suspect most have never heard of a “Maundy Tuesday”, the answer lies in tradition.  The Maundy Day, as described above relates to the day immediately prior to Christ’s crucifixion.  And as tradition has it, the day of the crucifixion, as most of us are taught, is Friday… “Good Friday.”  While I am personally of the persuasion that, based upon a host of Scriptural points, the day of the week for the crucifixion was much more likely to have been on a Wednesday, than on a  Friday, I do not wish to get side tracked on non-essential dogmas, and lose sight of the most poignant point of this horrific, yet also very awesome, event – G-d, who had become incarnate (that is to say, G-d became a man), died, even died the death of a cross. (27)

Lastly, “Why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week?”  The short answer is that the various Jewish Feast days follow a lunar cycle, therefore potentially these “Maundy” days could presumably fall on almost any day of the week, but with the years in question ranging from A.D. 26 through 27 perhaps as late as A.D. 32 or 33, the days of the week where Passover occurred coincide best with a Friday or Wednesday.  And the long answer might best be reserved for another Blog!

Please also consider the following highlights on - some of the Evidences for a Resurrection (26) and consider the God-hating (Christ-hating) philosophies of those who author many Live Science Articles.

·         A Broken Roman Seal
·         The Empty Tomb, involving a very Large Stone being Moved
·         A Roman Guard Goes AWOL
·         The Graveclothes left behind
·         Jesus' Appearances Confirmed by: Over 500 people who saw the risen Jesus at the same time, including several Hostile Witnesses, such as Saul of Tarsus whose own actions during the early church would make ISIS operative blush today.

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s Take on, “The Maundy Day” – this 11th day of March 2017 © 2017, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

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Cited or consulted sources and resources

1 - http://bit.ly/2oUU0xx  - “What is the month Abib”
2 - Jewish calendar days begin - http://bit.ly/2oUWITt - moments after sunset each day. 
“The twilight period, from sunset ("shkiah") until three stars are visible in the sky ("tzeit hakochavim"), is an "iffy" time period, known as "bein hashmashot." Shabbat and all the holidays begin at sunset, the earliest possible definition of nightfall, and end when three stars appear in the sky the next evening, the latest definition of nightfall.”
3 - http://bit.ly/2oUY7tz - “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder [Passover]?
4 - “Bible Hub”, Matthew 26:18

5 - Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13

6 - John 13:4 & 5

7 - Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26

8 - http://bit.ly/2h5UsoQ - DaBauzstake’s - “KJVonly-ism, a death trap and a CULT”

9 - http://bit.ly/2o3R1Pl - DaBauzstake’s - “MUSINGS OVER MORALS - MORAL RELATIVISM”

10 - http://bit.ly/2o3AniN - “When does the first watch start?”

11 - John 15:1 – 27

12 - John 16:1 – 31

13 - John 16:32 – 33

14 - http://bit.ly/2o3MlZv - Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers – “John The Revelator”

15 - Matthew 26: 36 - 44, Mark 14:32 - 40, Luke 22:39 - 46, John 17

16 - Matthew 26:45 - 49, Mark 14:41 - 45, Luke 22:47 - 48, John 18:1 – 8

17 - Matthew 26:62 – 63

18 - Matthew 26:59 - 68, Mark 14:55 - 65, Luke 22:63 – 65

19 - Matthew 26:69 - 75, Mark 14:66 - 72, Luke 22:56 - 62, John 18:17, 25 – 27

20 - Matthew 27:1 - 2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66 - 23:1, John 18:28

21 - Matthew 27:11 - 14, Mark 15:2 - 5, Luke 23:2 - 4, John 18:29 – 30

22 - Luke 23:5 – 12, John 19:2

23 - Luke 23:13 - 15, John 18:31 – 38

24 - Matthew 27:32 - 33, Mark 15:21 - 22, Luke 23:26 - 31, John 19:16 - 17

25 - http://bit.ly/2o3WUvK - Got Questions - “Maundy Thursday”

26 - http://bit.ly/2o3VwJA - Live Science “What's the Evidence for a Resurrection?”

27 - Philippians 2:8

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA, “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD, “BibleGateway”

http://bit.ly/1MzWhEQ, “Bible.org”

http://bit.ly/2osQCII - Bible Study . Org “Last Days of Jesus Timeline”

http://bit.ly/2o44xlK, Jews for Jesus “A Chronological Look at How Jesus Spent his Last Week Leading up to Passover”

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