Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tisha B'Av

The past couple of days, June 19th and 20th, were the Tisha B'Av (or "the 9th of Av"). And it's not a good day for Jews, in fact it's a pretty crappy day. Here's what happened:
  • On this day the Hebrew spies came back from Canaan and reported that the land was unconquerable, the Hebrew cried and told God they would rather go back to Egypt than be killed by the Canaanites. God, reasonably so, is upset with their distrust and he sentences them to wander in the desert for another 38 years, so that the distrustful generation would not see the promised land.
  • The first and second Temples were destroyed on the same day, the 9th of Av, five hundred years apart.
  • In 134 AD (note here, Jews who do not believe that Jesus is the Moshiach say CE or "common era" instead of "anno domini" or "in the year of our Lord", for obvious reasons), the Romans plowed over the Temple Mount.
  • The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 AD on the Tisha B'Av and from Spain in 1492 on, well, you get the picture.
The main observance for this date is the destruction of the temple, and secondarily the exile into the wilderness. They fasted from sunset on the 19th on June through the 20th. They read the book of Lamentations, do not wash or use oils and creams, abstain from sex, and do not wear shoes made with leather.

As a Jew who believes that Jesus is the Moshiach (Messiah), it was more a day to remember and less of a day to mourn. God has already rebuilt his church in Christ and has spread it to the Gentiles so that the Temple is now the soul of every believer. And of course, the physical temple will be rebuilt when Jesus comes back.

Sometimes the second coming sounds crazy, but I guess that's the point. It's gonna be a crazy day.

Rosh Hashanah is the next celebration; check back in September!


A. R. Campbell said...

Does anything about Christ really make sense? Not really. But He's the only way to have true and abundant life.

I liked this post a lot. I should study Jewish observances more--and maybe even actually observe some of them.

Lizzie Brown said...

I think a lot of Christians think that Jewish holidays are obsolete or unbiblical, but actually they are still very practicable and mostly founded solidly in the bible. For instance, Jesus celebrated Hannukah, why shouldn't we?

erin said...

I totally didn't know these dates at all. Thanks for sharing Liz. I'm so thankful that the Lord HAS rebuilt His church through Christ and I'm part of that.

BTW, love your side bar widgets. :-) Love little Adam's face on baby vids.