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August 5, 2022

The Veil of the Temple Torn in Two

Mark 15: 38 And the veil of the temple was split in two from top to bottom. 39 And the centurion standing by opposite Him, seeing that He expired in this way, said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40 And there were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joses, and Salome, 41 Who, when He was in Galilee, followed Him and ministered to Him, as well as many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem. 42 And when evening had fallen, since it was the day of preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

After the Lord Jesus expired, "the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom" (15:38). This signifies that the separation between God and man was abolished because the flesh (signified by the veil) of sin taken by Christ (Rom. 8:3) had been crucified (Heb. 10:20). The fact that the veil was torn from the top to the bottom indicates that the rending of the veil was God's doing from above. The temple was twenty cubits high [about 30 ft] . It would have been impossible for man to tear the veil from the top to the bottom. It was God who rent that veil. The veil in the temple was a sign of the flesh Christ had put upon Himself. The tearing of the veil signifies that the humanity taken on by Christ had been crucified. If we study the Bible carefully, we shall realize that cherubim were embroidered on the veil, and cherubim are signs of God's creatures (Ezek. 1:4-14; Rev. 4:6-9). Hence, the cherubim on the veil signify that the creatures were related to the humanity of Jesus. When the Lord put on our humanity, He put on a humanity that bore the creatures. This gives us a strong basis to say that when Christ crucified His humanity, He terminated the creatures. The centurion realized that this man was not ordinary. Rather, He was truly God's Son. Mary the Magdalene was the one from whom seven demons had been cast out. Mary the mother of James the little was the mother of the Slave-Savior (Matt. 13:55). James the little was the one who wrote the Epistle of James. Salome was the wife of Zebedee and the mother of James and John (Matt. 27:56). (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 406-407. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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