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! 2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? Mark 13:1-4 (KJV)
This was the last time that Jesus would be in the temple. He had just applauded the widow as she gave all she possessed, and chided the religious leaders because they had only given according to their riches. What matters to God is the attitude of one’s heart not the amount one gives or their prestige, or position.
There was nothing in all the world like this temple in its grandeur. It had beautiful marble stones with gold ornamentation which reached a height of 100 feet, there were colonaded walkways, courtyards, and stairways that filled 20 acres of the most prominent landscape in Jerusalem. From our human perspective it is no wonder the disciples made such a statement.
“These buildings” were those of the temple and probably surrounding area which were marvelous architectural wonders. They would not be able to endure the “wrath” that would come showing God’s disapproval of the Hebrew’s rejection of their Messiah. When the temple would fall their sacrifices would cease, and they [the Hebrews] would be scattered to the “ends of the earth”.
When looking at this time and the situation they were in we must ask ourselves, “What is important in life?” Is it buildings and lands? Is it money and finances? Maybe it is science and technology? Wilfred Hahn a global portfolio manager has dubbed these as MOFI and SCITE. There is a third one called GLOBO, which is a growing desire for global unity and tying of all nations to one another in the above things. To explain these names are an acronyn for MOFI = Money/Finance; SCITE = Science/Technology; GLOBO = Global orgainization and unity.
The Jewish leaders; religious and otherwise; would learn in the years to come that what they held so dear would not stand. What about us? Can we learn from their foolishness? I pray so.
-Tim A. Blankenship