We continue through the gospel of Mark.
This upcoming passage, and parallel passages, gives us much insight into what was occurring with Jesus and what is yet to come…then and in our lives.
Give close attention…
As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him,
“Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”
And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings?
Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”
Read Matthew’s account…
Jesus came out from the temple and was going away
when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things?
Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
We see that the disciples are enamored with the Temple buildings.
“Ain’t they purty?” (My translation)
I believe they were pointing out the buildings for two reasons.
- They were magnificent…ongoing construction over decades and centuries.
- They were attempting to “lighten” the moment they had just encountered. In Matthew 23 we see Jesus calling the Scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites”…repeatedly. It was an intense confrontation.
Yet, Jesus was having nothing to do with it.
He told them point-blank that not a stone would left upon another.
It would be torn down.
Do not focus upon the man-made edifices of “the kingdom” of man.
Do not be distracted by such.
Definitely do not think that the buildings, organization, etc. are the Kingdom.