Bible Commentary: “The Veil Of The Temple Was Torn” The Days Of Lent

March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;”  (Matthew 27:51 NKJV)
“Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”  (Mark 15:38 NKJV)
“Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.”  (Luke 23:35 NKJV)

Three times this one event shows up in the gospels making it noteworthy and something that should be paid attention to. Why is this such a noteworthy event and what exactly is this veil that was torn?

In Exodus God gives the plan for this veil to Moses, “You shall make a veil woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen. It shall be woven with an artistic design of cherubim. You shall hang it upon the four pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Their hooks shall be gold, upon four sockets of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps.  Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil.  The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy” (Exodus 26:31 NKJV). Based upon the length of the Tabernacle we estimate this curtain to be about 42-45 feet long.

Once a year the high priest was to enter the Holy of Holies and offer a sacrifice to The Lord for the sin of the people. It was the only time of the year when anyone was able to enter behind the veil. If anyone but the high priest were to enter that person would die, if the high priest were to enter at any other time the high priest died. The veil itself separated God from man. Just a note of interest cherubim are not little, pudgy, cute naked angels that look like babies with wings; cherubim are Guardian Angels that have swords and defend like the cherubim with the flaming sword that defended Eden, these are what are woven into the fabric of the veil separating man from God.

At the moment Jesus died the veil is torn in two from top to bottom.  For the gospel writers to report this obviously this had to be an eyewitness event. This must have been a spectacular sight; a curtain 45 feet high begins to rip from the top to the bottom. Obviously this can only be God’s handiwork signifying that the sacrifice of Jesus has been accepted and that now nothing separates God from man.

Child of God – Paul explains to us in Hebrews that Jesus is our High Priest making one sacrifice for us all, “When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12 NIV). “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:24-26 NIV. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23 NIV). Jesus declared Himself to be the Way; Jesus made the way into the Holy of Holies, through the curtain, with His body. Now we can draw near to God clean by the sacrifice of the Lamb.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for the sacrifice that gave me the entrance to the Holy of Holies. Because of you I now can come near and have a relationship with my heavenly Father and not drop dead for my sin. I worship you for your love and mercy and the fact that you gave it all in order to bring eternal life to me, and all the ones that accept your sacrifice as the price you paid for their sins. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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