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Heavens Tore Open


Mark presents the heaven’s tore open at the baptism of Jesus as an extraordinary event (Mk 1:1-11). That was to reveal the Most Holy Trinity. The Greek word used for torn open is “schizo.” The English word “scissors” has derived from this word.

This image is vivid, like what happened at the death of Jesus on the cross, “And immediately the curtain which enclosed the Temple sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mk 15:38).

The other occasions when God opened the heavens were for the destruction of sinners. After Noah built the ark, “the floodgates of the heavens were opened” (Gen 7:11) to destroy the sinners with a deluge while saving Noah and his family.

“Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from heaven,” (Gen 19:24) to destroy the sinners while saving the life of Lot.

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