This curtain separated the two sacred rooms in the Tabernacle (& later, the temple) —the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The priest entered the Holy Place each day to commune with God and to tend to the incense altar, the lampstand, and the table with the Bread of the Presence. The Most Holy Place was where God himself dwelt, his presence resting on the atonement cover, which covered the Ark of the Covenant.
Exo 26:31-33 NIV "Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman. (32) Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. (33) Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
Only the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place. Even he could do so only once a year on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) to make atonement for the sins of the nation as a whole. Yom Kippur, 2010, occurred about one week ago, between sunsets on September 17 & 18.
Mark 15:37-39 NIV With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. (38) The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (39) And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
According to the Rabbis the temple curtain was 60’ long & 30’ wide & a handbreadth in thickness. They made 2 every year & it took 300 priests to manipulate it. The Most Holy Place in the temple contained only a large stone, occupying the place where the ark with the mercy-seat had stood before the Babylonian exile in 586 BC, when the Ark of the Covenant disappeared.Jeremiah prophesied that the ark would not exist or be missed in the NT kingdom of God.Jeremiah 3:16 NIV In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, "men will no longer say, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.The Ark wouldn't be missed in the Kingdom because God's presence by the Holy Spirit would be personally among his people.
Matthew 27:50-54 tells of amazing things that happened as Jesus died. Temple curtain torn: old order had come to an end. Earthquake;rocks split; graves opened (Matt) & after the Resurrection, saints arose & appeared in Jerusalem. Graphic evidence of 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 NIV For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.Fulfillment of Feast of the Firstfruits (Lev_23:10-14) when as a token of coming harvest, people would bring a handful of grain to the priest. The resurrection of these saints, occurring after Jesus Himself was raised, is a token of the coming harvest when all the saints will be raised. Also, a testimony to the people who executed Jesus, preparing them for Pentecost.Centurion: “Truly, he was the Son of God.” This centurion was probably quartered in the garrison at Caesarea where Cornelius was stationed (Act_10:1).
Jesus is the living way to the presence of God. We enter into the presence of God by means of the curtain, that is, by the flesh of Jesus.Before the Most Holy Place in the Temple hung the curtain to screen off the presence of God. For men to enter into that presence the veil would have to be torn apart. Jesus' flesh is what veiled his godhead. Charles Wesley in his great hymn appealed to men: "Veiled in flesh the godhead see." *** It was when the flesh of Christ was rent upon the Cross that men really saw God. All his life showed God; but it was on the Cross that God's love really was revealed. As the rending of the Temple curtain opened the way to the presence of God, so the rending of the flesh of Christ revealed the full greatness of his love and opened up the way to him.
The Most Holy Place in the Temple was sealed from view by a curtain (Heb_10:20). Only the high priest could enter this holy room, and he did so only once a year on the Day of Atonement when he offered the sacrifice for the nation's sins. But Jesus' death removed the curtain, and all believers may walk into God's presence at any time (see also Heb_6:19-20).Within 40 years, in August, 70 AD, the Romans destroyed the temple and forced the Jews to stop offering their sacrifices.
Isaiah 59 begins with a statement of God’s ability to save, and man’s separation from God by persistent sin:Isa 59:1-2 NIV Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. (2) But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.Then, in the next 12 verses, Isaiah lists a catalogue of men’s sins that separate us from God.Sin offends our holy God and separates us from him. Because God is holy, he cannot ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin as though it didn't matter. Sin cuts people off from him, forming a wall to isolate God from the people he loves. No wonder this long list of wretched sins makes God angry and forces him to look the other way. All our best efforts (good life, religion, philosophy)cannot bridge the gap between us and God
Heb 9:7-12 NIV But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. (9) This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. (10) They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order. (11) 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. (12) 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.
Jesus' death removed the curtain, and all believers may walk into God's presence at any time (see also Heb_6:19-20).
Heb 10:1 NIV The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
Heb 7:26-28 NIV Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. (27) Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. (28) For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
Rev 1:6 NIV and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.*** 1Co 6:19 NIV Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (Note: Paul uses Gk. Naos (sanctuary), not hieron (temple complex)).*** Rom 12:1 NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.*** The key is relationship, not religion.
Eph 2:11-18 NIV Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)— (12) remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (14) For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, (15) by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, (16) and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (17) He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. (18) For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Gal 3:23-29 NIV Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. (24) So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (25) Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. (26) You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, (27) for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Heb 9:24-28 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. (25) 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. (26) 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. (27) Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (28) so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.Everyone dies physically, but we don’t have to die spiritually. He has done away with our sin—past, present, and future. He sacrificed himself for our sins once for all (Heb_9:26); he has given us the Holy Spirit to help us deal with present sin; he appears before God for us now in heaven (Heb_9:24); and he promises to return (Heb_9:28) and raise us to eternal life in a world where sin will be banished.
100926 The Torn Curtain
The Torn Curtain<br />
What is it? What was its purpose?<br />To separate the Most Holy Place from the rest of the Temple sanctuary area<br />
What did the curtain look like?<br />Exodus 26:31-33<br />
Through this curtain only one person could pass: The High Priest<br />
The tearing of life from the body: spirit from flesh<br />Heb. 10:19-20<br />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…<br />
Death of Jesus<br />Significance?<br />End of Sacrifices<br />
Isaiah 59:2<br />Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.<br />
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Matt. 27:50-54<br />And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. <br />
Matt. 27:50-54<br />The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. <br />
Matt. 27:50-54<br />When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely He was the Son of God!”<br />