I submit a possible explanation of the rending of the veil.
From my reading of the use of the temple, the outer temple was for the people and the inner part of the temple was for the chief priest alone, the holy of holies so to speak where the Ark was kept. The veil separates the two.
When Jesus, who brought a new covenant of God to the people including non-Israelites, died the veil was rent, that lawful separation of the people from the holy presence of God was done away with and each person can now come to that place through faith and belief through Christ.
God's salvation though the mediation of priests and rabbis was ended and the reaching of salvation of each individual through Christ began.
Previously, the salvation of God was available only through Israelite bloodlines. That ended, too.
posted on 11/12/2006 7:34:42 AM PST
by William Terrell
(Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
To: William Terrell
I've never found anything wrong with that explanation. There's a song that speaks to "Mercy's face pressed against the veil" and I'm in agreement with the poetic truth it (the song) presents.
Yet literal truth is plain spoken in this case. We don't know what was seen when the veil was torn ... probably at the moment that the horns were blowing outside. Toss in an eclipse, an earthquake and the dead coming out of their tombs to be seen by many and it was something that made an impression, to be sure.
But since it was His death that predicated the tearing of the veil and since He wasindeed is stilla son of Israel, it isn't all that out there to say that His death on the cross would have required some suitable expression of grief on the part of the Father.
After all, to whatever degree there was even a momentary separation between them (as many reasonably postulate): it would have been mutual.
posted on 11/12/2006 8:56:49 AM PST
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