Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 35:20-36:23 / 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 / Psalm 104:19-30
Veils are rarely seen in our culture but they are common in some parts of the world today. A veil is a woman’s head covering made from a piece of muslin or fine linen. They are used to conceal or cover up a woman’s face. The veil obscures her appearance; in fact so much that Jacob was unable to recognize the woman he married was not Rachel but Leah.
Paul refers to a veil that Moses put on his face when he returned to the camp after his meeting with God. That encounter was so powerful that the glory of God shone on Moses’ face. The people were fearful of the glory and asked Moses to put on a veil. Moses complied not because of the glory’s power but Moses, “put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.” (2 Corinthians 3:13)
The world looks at the message and glory of salvation and says… “Hide it behind a veil!” They don’t want any part of God’s convicting glory because of fear, doubt or unbelief. They are not interested in the things of God and want God to be obscure and minimized. The problem with their theory…the glory can’t be hidden!
God designed the gospel message to be unveiled and His powerful presence to radiate through His followers. God removed the veil through Christ, “Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (3:16) God then begins to supernaturally transform our lives, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with every-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (3:18)
A thick veil separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. The High Priest would ceremonially cleanse himself and go past the veil once a year to approach the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. When Jesus proclaimed His completed redemptive work on the cross, “It is finished!” the temple veil was rent from top to bottom. Man had access to the presence and grace of God!
We don’t have to climb a mountain or go to a 12 by 12 room in Jerusalem to encounter the powerful presence of a living God. We simply look with great desire to an approachable throne room of grace. God meets us, fills us and changes us by His powerful Spirit. Moses reflected the glory of God that he saw but we radiate the glory of God that is within us. So take the veil off and let His glory be known!