Robert who was raised in Hawaii lives out in the countryside of Augsburg, Germany today. He loves sharing the Passion Paradigm.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
The Fourth Day Theology is the Theology of the King. The fourth day of the Passion Week is silent. Jesus spends the day with a dead man named Lazarus. Judas meets with the chief priests and officers to discuss with them about betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. In some church traditions, the day is called “Silent Wednesday”. There is no “praise,” and the covenant of night and day is broken. The covenant of night and day is set in the Genesis Week when God set “time” by setting night and day. Because there is no “praise” on the fourth day of the Passion Week, the covenant is broken.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.”
To add to this situation, the tribe of Judah or a son of David is not sitting on the throne. The rulers from 312 BC to the fall of the temple 70 AD were the Maccabees, the tribe of the Levites. The Maccabees from the tribe of Levi took the throne. A Levite should never sit on the throne of David. Jesus breaks the covenant of night and day, resets the week and renews the covenant where the king will again come from the tribe of Judah and David through his work in the Passion Week. On the day of the resurrection, a son of David rises and is now the Eternal King.
The day of Judah is “reset” to the fifth day where Jesus holds “court” with his twelve disciples for a meal. Jesus celebrates the Passover, the Last Supper and becomes the “Lamb of God”. The fifth day becomes the fourth day and there is “praise”.
God’s fourth week is the Immanuel Week. A quick run through three events of this week is the week begins with First Adam; the sacrifice in the middle of the week is the flood, and the birth of Immanuel, Second Adam, fulfils the week. The revelation is “God is with us”. The birth of Immanuel in the traditions, the customs and the great celebrations is “a king is born”. The Lord’s Speculum is still quite simple, “Jesus, the King, holds court”. The court was a little court of twelve men, and one of them was a devil named Judas. His name, Judas, means the same thing as Judah, “praise”.
Looking at Israel’s fourth week, Judah and Babylon Week, a curse week, is the end of the kingship under David. The curse is “the king dies”. King Zedekiah, the last king of the David’s lineage, is forced to watch his family and court murdered. Afterwards, his eyes are removed, and he is taken captive to Babylon. There is no other king of the line of David to follow after Zedekiah. The Lord’s Antiphon is “Jesus is the eternal King” which breaks the curse. Jesus is from the tribe of Judah and a son in the lineage of David.
The Theology of the Fourth Day is the day of “Praise” to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Every year at Christmas, the birth of a child king is celebrated. The celebration rarely remembers the death of Rachel’s children, the slaughter of the innocents, who were murdered by Herod when Jesus is born. The celebration of a child is born definitely does not line up with the dreadful dark night of the Last Supper, the Passover and the Lamb of God. When Jesus leaves the building on that night, he walks into the darkness of the whale’s mouth. The praise was left behind him in the building. His journey took him down into the whale and become the “Hired Man” on Good Friday.
What did Isaiah say?
Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well?
All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).
The King is with us.