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November 11, 2012
Veils On Our Hearts
For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2Corinthians 3:11-18)
Notice the historical background of Paul’s reference. At Sinai, Moses went before the Lord and he was there forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. He wrote on tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. When Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai he did not realize that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with God. When Aaron and all Israel saw him they were afraid to come near him. Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him. Then all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the God had spoken to him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face because of it shone from being in God’s presence. Whenever Moses went back before God to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, the sons of Israel would see that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went back to speak with God. (Exodus 34:28-35).
Paul’s words gives us an allegorical representation. The Corinthians could not see the glory of the message of God because they had a veil before their faces—they had no understanding. The same is still true of most people. Many put a veil over their eyes and hearts.
The Veil of the Law
Besides the Jews, there are many others who have the same veil of the Jews before their eyes and hearts. They have the same problem in that they cannot see the gospel clearly because they stumble over the Law of Moses. There are those who seek to use the Law of Moses to justify keeping the Sabbath. There are those who seek to use the Law of Moses to justify the use of instrumental music. Many of today’s problems come because of the Jews’ veil before our faces. The “Old” Law served a purpose and it is still useful for our understanding, but through it we cannot be made complete (Hebrews 7:19; 10:1).
The Veil of Personal Choice
Then there are those who have the veil of personal choice before their eyes and hearts in that they close their eyes until they cannot see through their own desires. Jesus quoted Isaiah: “FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.” (Matthew 13:15). This involves prejudice and unbelief. Nevertheless, the end result is that they cannot see or understand. How many people still fall into this category?
The Veil of This World
Some have a veil of worldliness before their eyes and hearts. “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2Corinthians 4:3-4). The world looks so good and shines so much that it is as a veil through which they cannot see.
The Veil of Evil
Others have the veil of evil before their eyes and hearts. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23). Sin is so attractive to some that it is inconceivable to them that what the Bible says is important. It is useless to talk about salvation to people who can think only in the joy of sinning.
The Veil of Ignorance
Others are blinded by the veil of ignorance. Some just can’t see beyond their ignorant conceptions. “So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18). The sad part of this is that the same people may be highly intelligent in other matters.
The Veil of Hatred
Others wear the veil of hatred which blinds them from truth. “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1John 2:11). It is most difficult to reason about anything with one whose heart is filled with hate on that subject.
The Veil of Indifference
This veil is before the eyes and hearts of many. “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2Peter 3:3-4). This is just like those Jews of Zephaniah’s day who were “stagnant in spirit” (Zephaniah 1:12). When one does not care, there is very little enlightenment he can receive.
What is it that is hidden because of these veils? The light, which is Christ revealed in his word—the message Paul preached—Christ and Him crucified. It is the ministry of the Spirit (2Corinthians 3:6-18).
So, what can be done about veils upon our hearts? We can hear Paul’s great boldness of speech (2Corinthians 3:12). We can take away the veil and start looking with an open face (2Corinthians 3:18). We can look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it (James 1:25). We can add the characteristics mentioned in 1Peter 1:5-11 which removes blindness or short-sightedness.
Remember, “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch” (Matthew 15:14). Remove the blindfolds before it is too late.
—S. Scott Richardson Sr.