Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I didn’t know the temple was destroyed in AD 70. That answers a question I have been wondering about. I wondered how a Jew after the time of Acts, even one with the holy Ghost, would know when it was time to stop serving God according to the Law? In AD 70, God went ahead and made it physically impossible for Jews to keep the Law any longer. What mercy for those who had seen their fathers worship that way and could not bring themselves to stop doing so!
It was the judgment of God that fell upon Jerusalem in AD 70. Afterward, for godly Jews whose only choice then was to worship God according to Paul’s gospel (without the ceremonies of the Law), it must have been difficult to maintain a sense of community with the other Jews who had rejected the Messiah. In time, Jews who had God’s Spirit and worshiped the Savior would have been excluded from the community of Jews as a whole and would have assimilated with the Gentiles.
Jesus told his disciples one afternoon, as they marveled at the gigantic, beautiful stones of the temple in Jerusalem, that the day was coming when “not one stone will be left upon another”. The disciples could hardly have been able to imagine such a thing. I have read that some of those stones, discovered a few decades ago underneath present-day Jerusalem, are so huge that modern moving equipment would be hard-pressed to budge them. I have a picture of one of those huge rocks, and it was impressive. But when God’s wrath is provoked, none of the “mighty works” of man are safe. And when God sent his Roman servants to destroy the city that had “killed the prince of life”, He was emphatically putting an end to the Jews’ stubborn worship of Him in the flesh rather than to worship as He demanded: “spiritually and truly” (Jn. 4:24).