When is being torn a good thing?



Levi Strauss & Co has made torn jeans something “more valuable.”






What does the term “Foretelling” refer to?    From dictionary.com we find:

fore·teller n.          Synonyms: foretell, augur, divine, prophesy  . . .
These verbs mean to tell about something beforehand by or as if by supernatural means:
. . .



Now, let’s look into something that was more valuable as a torn object and potentially
was foretold.  Are you familiar with the story of Jesus dying on the
cross for us?  Why did Jesus die on the cross for us?


{Significance of a torn veil}     2 Corinthians 3:14-17 (NIV):

14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read.
        It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


{Something “foretold”?}        Psalm 60:1-3 (NIV)

1 You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us;
       you have been angry-now restore us!

 2 You have shaken the land and torn it open;
       mend its fractures, for it is quaking.

 3 You have shown your people desperate times;
       you have given us wine that makes us stagger.


{Now the story - the veil torn}        Luke 23:42-49 (NIV)  

42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Jesus' Death

44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this,
       he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts
       and went away.

49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance,
       watching these things.


{The story continued}        Matthew 27:50-52 (NIV)

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. |
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the
       rocks split.
52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

{Now the story explained}               Luke 5:35-37 (NIV)

35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
36 He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one.
       If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins,
        the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.


Lessons Learned:

The “wineskins” story also tells about the old covenant vs new covenant & the significance of the veil tearing. 
We now have direct access to Jesus, we no longer need to sacrifice yearly and we no longer need to go
through a high priest to “talk to God.”




Have you ever owned an item that was torn, and still valuable to you?

What is the significance of what Jesus did for us?

Why did Jesus die on the cross for us?

What significance was the tearing (ie. old covenant vs new covenant)?

How does prayer relate to the veil being torn?

How does this impact our present and future?




Information was obtained from the following websites on Nov. 17, 2006:





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