29 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 You say, ‘If we had lived in our ancestors’ days, we wouldn’t have joined them in killing the prophets.’ 31 You testify against yourselves that you are children of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, complete what your ancestors did. 33 You snakes! You children of snakes! How will you be able to escape the judgment of hell? 34 Therefore, look, I’m sending you prophets, wise people, and legal experts. Some of them you will kill and crucify. And some you will beat in your synagogues and chase from city to city. 35 Therefore, upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been poured out on the earth, from the blood of that righteous man Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. 36 I assure you that all these things will come upon this generation. (Matthew 23:29-36, CEB)
How we will be judged. And how we judge!
The people who killed Jesus, the powers that be of the religious order of the time who killed the prophets that God sent to warn them and show them how to live, and then wound up killing God’s Son.
But the interesting thing to me as I read this today was, “the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.” Between the temple and the altar…
Where is Between the Temple and the Altar?
The Altar is the place of sacrifice and the Temple contains the altar doesn’t it? Well here the Altar is probably the altar for burnt offerings which stood outside the Temple which contained the altar where sacrifices were done, which is the Holy of Holies. So they killed Zechariah in the place where God was worshipped.
Have we come so low that we do this?
How have we belittled God with our actions?