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Why Was It Torn?
by Wayne Blank
Why Was It Torn?
In the Temple (see Temples) a dividing wall separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (see Layout Of The Temple). Although the wall had a door, which was always kept open, a curtain, or veil, was hung over the entrance as a screen. It was lifted only once a year by the high priest when he entered into the Sanctuary on The Day Of Atonement. As described in the opening paragraph, it was that veil that was miraculously torn at the moment that the Messiah's sacrifice for humanity was complete.
Why was it torn?
First, the meaning of the ritual symbolism that foreshadowed the coming Messiah:
"Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared [see The Tabernacle In The Wilderness], the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and The Ark Of The Covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod [see Aaron] that budded, and the Tables of the Covenant [see The Ten Commandments and The Ten Commandments Now?]; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail."
It was the Messiah's sacrifice that opened The Way to God:
"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God [see "My Father's House"], let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water [see Baptism]. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works [see Believers], not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day [see The Return Of Jesus Christ] drawing near."
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