Destruction Foretold

“Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” - Matthew 24:2

Jesus was with his disciples on the temple mount when His disciples drew His attention to the magnificence of the temple. The stones that were used for construction were large and had a particular smooth border around the edge of each one, which was typical of all the stones used by Herod in construction.

The stone pillars and the pure gold could not go unnoticed.  It was a magnificent structure.

But Jesus shocks them by saying, “Do you see all this - not one stone shall be left upon another. They shall be all thrown down”. It seems very unlikely that this could ever happen because they are large stones and they would be extremely heavy and He says, “Not one left upon another”.

In the year AD70 the Roman legions led by Titus marched into Jerusalem to finally crush the rebelliousness of the Jews. The city was ransacked and the inhabitants slaughtered, resulting in the Jews fleeing and scattering them worldwide.

The city and the temple were destroyed by the Romans to take away the practice, hopefully, of Judaism. Animal sacrifices ceased and, rightly so, for Jesus sacrificed on the cross as the Lamb of God would be the supreme sacrifice once and forever. There was literally not one stone left upon another, which was not thrown down. Fire had raged through the temple melting all the precious gold, which ran between the stones, and to retrieve it the Romans had to lift every stone to get to the gold; so Jesus’ words were fulfilled.

Remember He watches over His word to fulfil it. His word can never ever fail. We can trust it fully today.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for your word that has stood the test of time. I know it cannot fail, help me today to give it the place it fully deserves in my heart and life. I know You watch over it to perform it, in the name of the Lord Jesus.