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On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
According to rabbinical thought, the spirit wanders about the sepulcher for three days seeking an opportunity to return into the body; but when the aspect of the body changes, it hovers no more, but leaves the body to itself. The friends of the deceased were in the habit of visiting the sepulcher for three days after death and burial, probably because they supposed they would thus be nearer to the departed soul. When the fourth day came, and decomposition took place, and the soul, as they supposed, went away from the sepulcher, they beat their breast and made loud lamentations. This explains the allusion to the “four days” in this text and in verse 39. The saying that one had been in the grave four days was equivalent to saying that bodily corruption had begun.12 people highlighted this
“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival (feast, KJV) to me.”
The three great festivals or feasts were Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. On each of these occasions every male Israelite was commanded “to appear before the Lord” and bring a gift offering with him: “Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed. Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you” (Deuteronomy 16:16–17). The attendance of women was voluntary, but many women often accompanied their husbands (see 1 Samuel 2:19 and Luke 2:41).
In Exodus 34:23–24, God promised to protect their land while the men were at the feasts: “Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.” This promise was always fulfilled, as someone wrote long ago: “During the whole period between Moses and Christ we never read of an enemy invading the land at the time of the three festivals. The first instance on record is thirty-three years after they had withdrawn from themselves the divine protection by staining their hands with the Savior’s blood. In a.d. ...5 people highlighted this