This article is not meant to offend anyone but it was created for the purpose of introducing the facts about Exodus 16. Lunar Sabbath Keepers believe that the weekly Sabbath is determined by the New Moon each month. They (Lunar Sabbath Keepers) begin counting a "7 day week" by calling the 2nd day of the month (the 1st day after a New Moon) the "1st day of the week". The Sabbath is actually the "8th day of the month". The 1st day of the month is NOT the first day of the week. According to Lunar Sabbath Keepers, The Sabbath will always be on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of each month. Here is what it would look like below:

Exodus 16

1 And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Shin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. 2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of YHWH in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Moses is told by The Most High what he is going to do

4 Then YHWH said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. 5 And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” (six days of manna from the 1st day of the week through the 6th day of the week with a double portion on the 6th day of the week.)

Understanding Exodus 16 can be confusing if the context of the timeframe is not determined. Verse 6 is the initial starting point. Moses spoke to the children of Israel the evening of the 15th. How do we know this? There are no commas in the Ancient Hebrew Language. The Hebrew conjunction, "waw" = "and" in English, is a prefix of the Hebrew word "you shall know" which becomes "and you shall know" [weqatal form: 2nd person plural masculine]. The Hebrew Interlinear Bible verifies this as you will see the "waw or uau" in the actual Hebrew text. Now what does this mean? Simple, Moses spoke to the children of Israel on the 15th of the second month at even. If the "waw/uau/and" was attached to the word evening (which it is not), then that would mean that he was talking about them seeing the glory/esteem of YAH that evening of the 15th, but this doesn't bear record with them seeing YAH's esteem in the cloud the next morning as they looked into the wilderness in verse 9.

Understanding the language and how the conjunction "waw or uau", pronounced "U" or "OO", is used in context is crucial in understanding this text.

6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, At evening, then you shall know that YHWH has brought you out of the land of Egypt (This is at sunset of the 15th. 7 And in the morning (the next day - the 16th) you shall see the glory/esteem of YHWH (remember this when you get to verse 10); for He hears your complaints against YHWH. But what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when YHWH gives you meat to eat in the evening (the 16th), and in the morning (the 17th) bread to the full; for YHWH hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against YHWH.”

9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before YHWH, for He has heard your complaints.’” 10 Now it came to pass (from verse 7), as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of YHWH appeared in the cloud. (All of this is done on the 16th)

11 And YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight (on the 16th --- the Hebrew expression is "between the two evenings" for the English word twilight) you shall eat meat, and in the morning (the 17th which is the first day of the week) you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am YHWH your Aluhiym.’”

13 So it was that quails came up at evening (the 16th at sunset) and covered the camp, and in the morning (the 17th) the dew lay all around the camp. 14 And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Lunar Sabbath Keepers read Exodus 16:7 and 16:10 and conclude that the "glory/esteem of YHWH" is the manna which appeared on the morning of the 17th (which they therefore assume was the morning of the 16th) or the quail that appeared the evening before. Moses told the people the next morning (the 16th) they would see the "glory/esteem of YHWH" which appeared in the cloud as they (the people) saw it while looking into the desert.

Sequence of events:

15th = arrival in the Wilderness of Shin, which is between Elim and Sinai. Mose spoke to Israel that evening.

16th = They saw the Glory of YAH that morning in the clouds and at evening quail covered the camp. The 7th Day Sabbath.

17th = first day of manna that morning (1st day of the week)

18th = second day of manna

19th = third day of manna

20th = fourth day of manna

21st = fifth day of manna

22nd = sixth day of manna double portion

23rd = seventh day no manna given. The 23rd is the Sabbath, which makes the 16th a Shabbat, not the 15th!

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