And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
A Direct Path To God
Prior to Jesus’ death on the cross, the people had a labyrinth path to go to in their appeals to God. The Levitical Priesthood was in place at that time, and the Chief Priest was the leader of the Priesthood. Only the Levitical Priesthood to enter into the Temple, and go into the presence of God.
However, Jesus’ death on the cross rent the veil, and made it possible for us, even Gentiles to enter in. And while it had been a requirement for Jews to keep the law to be in good standing with God, the law was fulfilled in the death of Jesus. However, there was some dispute regarding this in the early church, so a conference was held to settle the matter.
Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
Thats It! Repent, turn to God, avoid idols, sexual sins, and strangled animals!
So What Does This Mean?
During Jesus’ day, the common people could appeal to “Judges” if they were wronged in a civil matter. For example, the Pharisees made a practice of stealing widow’s houses, after their husbands died. To make things worse, most Judges were not sympathetic in these cases.
…There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me…
Here, Jesus compares God to the kind of Judge that the people common faced at that time, knowing they were getting no relief. But in His parable, the women found relief, because of her persistance!
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
So that we understand that this is not some elite few that Jesus is speaking of, we will proceed down a little further in the chapter…