Now it was six days before Passover, making it the 8th day of Nisan, and we find Yeshua (Jesus) in Bethany which is about two miles east of Jerusalem. From the other Gospels we learn that he went from Ephraim beyond the Jordan and came back through Jericho with the great company of Galileans who came to attend the Passover.7 Bethany was the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus their brother. This is where the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead took place. Lazarus had been dead for four days when Jesus called him forth from the grave.
Some scholars say that Jesus waited until the 4th day for this miracle because the Jews believed that the spirit of the man left the body on the third day and that waiting until the forth day made it much more of a miracle. Let me suggest that every miracle that Yeshua did had a spiritual implication, and that when we dig a little deeper we see some of the hints that are contained in the pictures that the Lord paints for us. This may be one of those places that we find “sweet manna hidden in plain sight”. Every letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a corresponding number and the letter itself paints a picture of something.
I am suggesting that Yeshua waited until the 4th day to raise Lazarus from the dead, because He was painting a picture that said this: I am the Resurrection and the Life and no man can come to the Father except through me, because I am the door to eternal life. Please take note of how many times the number 4 is mentioned during these spring feasts.
This miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection caused a great many people to believe that He Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah. It also set the stage for those that witnessed Lazarus’ resurrection to have the faith that would be needed to believe that Yeshua was indeed raised from the dead Himself. For it would be in just a few days hence when the news of His resurrection would travel from household to household.
The following day there was a supper at Bethany. This was on Nisan 9/10 of the Saturday evening before he was to be crucified.8 These dates are very important to take note off, and we must remember that the beginning of a new day started in the evening. Therefore this supper took place on the day of the 9th but that evening would begin the 10th day of Nisan, which is the first month on the biblical calendar. Many people were gathered for this supper because they had heard that Lazarus was alive and they came to see for themselves that he had been raised from the dead. It was at this supper that Mary anointed Yeshua with her precious oil for His burial.