Bizarrities in the Bible
One of the all-time strangest passing references in the Bible occurs during the description of the crucifixion. I share it with you now as food for thought for Easter weekend.
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”
The italicized portion has always been one of the strangest passages for me. It just slips it in there with some detail, but no explanation, no resolution. Which saints? Were their bodies laying exposed to the world from the moment of Christ’s death until the Resurrection, or did they wake up sometime before, just chillin’ until Christ was raised? What happened to them next? Did they get carried up to heaven? This passage has always made me scratch my head.
A quick Google search for commentaries produced the following interesting links:
It is most striking to note that many commentaries simply gloss over this part of the passage, and the first link even indicates that one commentary advises its readers to just ignore the passage! Think of that! A Bible commentary telling us to ignore part of the Bible! Astounding!
Even though He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, God never wastes papyrus. The passage is there for a reason. That doesn’t make it any easier to understand, but it seems to be one of those quirky things that strangely seems to add validity to a story. It references an event in such an offhand manner that it assumes the reader knows the significance, history, and outcome already.
Let me in on the secret, huh?