The temple curtain!

The temple curtain! 

Here’s a question that was prompted by yours truly whilst venturing down a rabbit trail during a recent Sunday school lesson. The question is this: What effect did the ripping of the temple curtain immediately subsequent to Christ’s crucifixion and death, have on Jewish worship in the weeks, months and years that followed?

Certainly the Jews at the time would have rejected any connection between Christ’s death and this “coincidental” ripping of the curtain despite the rapid flow of prophecies being fulfilled in their presence. As I see it, the earthquake and the untimely darkness could have perhaps been “explainable” if I were a devout Jew at the time. But the temple curtain ripping BY ITSELF in addition to all these other events should have been a stunning, knee-buckling event for even the most die-hard Pharisee! I wonder how they did respond to it!

I have been unable to find any historical commentary about this. The temple was leveled in AD 70, so what happened between AD 33 and AD 70+/-? No doubt the Jewish unbelievers at that time would have most likely downplayed any connection between this event and Christ at all costs. Perhaps this is why it’s only recorded in the Gospels.

Any guesses?

For he (Christ) is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace; and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross… Ephesians 2:14-16 

Lord bless,

Jim Richardson


One Response

  1. You raise some intriguing questions here, Jim. In my estimation, they are likely to be unanswerable. My guess is that to the degree possible what happened within the Temple was kept as hush-hush as possible. Given everything else that went on, this probably was not too difficult to pull off. Also, given the limited access to the Temple, it would not have been too difficult to keep a lid on what really happened there. However, when we read in Acts 6:7 that a large number of priests became obedient to the faith, this surely might have been one of the things that contributed to their decision to follow Jesus.

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