MARK CHAPTER 13 (13 OF 16)

by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 13 (13 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

And as he went out of the temple. Stop here and examine these words. I see something very powerful here. I don't think that Jesus' departure was just physical, but His departure was also a form of judgment. Why do I believe that? There is no mention of Jesus going to the temple after this passage. His departure from that temple was just as powerful a judgment to the nation of Israel as the departure of the glory of God upon the nation during the time of Eli, when Phinehas' wife named here child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken. Jesus Himself unveiled the majesty and glory of God, the Father. When He walked away from that temple, though it was standing and though it would be doing business, as if nothing happened, it was as good as judged.

Here is an interesting contrast here. He just pronounced judgment, not only on the temple, but the entire city of Jerusalem, as we saw in Matthew 23; but His disciples walk over to Him and began to show Him the temple building and the beauty of it.

So much was made of the temple itself while the presence of the ONE who gave the temple any purpose of meaning at all was completely ignored, in both testaments. Jeremiah 7:1-15

God told His people through Jeremiah that in the way He devastated Israel in Shiloh and cast them off--meaning that He cast them away from His presence in judgment, as He did during the time of Eli the prophet, He would do the same to them. What was their deception? They both believed that they would not be judged because the temple of the Lord and the Ark of the Covenant was there, so they were in the favor of God and therefore invincible, no matter what gross idolatries they were involved in.

In Jesus' day, I am sure that the p ...

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