(Special thanks to Rev Billy Sheller for his collaboration)
What is a veil? It is a covering. Like a bride would wear to cover her face until the wedding ceremony begins. The bride removes the veil and looks upon the bridegroom. There is a spiritual meaning behind this, anything that would you keep from seeing the bridegroom clearly is a type of a veil.
Moses went up to talk to God and there was a change that happened to this man of God.
28 And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. 34 But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
As Moses spent time with God on the mountain his skin began to shine in so much that the children of Israel could not look directly upon his face. In John 1:14 we learn that "The word was made flesh" and in Hebrews 1:3 Jesus is the brightness of God's glory. If the children of Israel could and would have steadfastly looked to the end of what Moses had brought them down from the mountain, they would have no doubt seen Jesus Christ and the time when the Law of Moses would end. Moses put a vail over his face so the nation of Israel could receive the Law, the commandments from God, but there would come a day when the vail would not longer be on the face of Moses but rather the heart of the children of Israel.
2 Corinthians 7 8-18
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
The glory of the law was the very fact it was a interaction between the God of heaven and the human family. His word is what made them graven stones to be glorious.
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
Again here we can see that there was a weakness not in the Law which God said was just, holy and good. The weakness and the fault was in the heart of the jewish people. The law could not give life, it could and did condemn. So we see a better coming for this world. It would however require that the heart of humanity be open to receive the word of God
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
God regarded his word as being glorious, even this Law of Moses. God knowing that one day he would send his Son, and his Son would bring about the end of the Law, and the bringing in of a better hope still yet called the Law glorious. Jesus out shined the glory of the law of Moses.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
Do you have the hope? Is there anything over the eyes of your understanding that is keeping you from seeing what God has for you? We can remove the obstruction from our view and get a glimpse of the true and reigning glory of God if we only open our hearts to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
Seeing the end of the Law is seeing the Grace of God. Romans 10:4 Christ is the end of the Law to everyone that believe.
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
We realize through rejecting God's Son that very act put a vail or a covering over there spiritual eyes. They wanted to keep the carnal ordinances, to teach for doctrines the commandments of men. God wanted from them as he wants from us today. God wants us to give him our hearts to write on.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Psalms 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law
If the children of Israel would have had their eyes fully opened they would have seen the hidden manna that was kept secret inside that Law. All the way through the reading of the old testament you can find countless references and prophesies of the day Christ would save the world. Choosing rather to keep the Law instead of serving the Law Giver they blinded their own hearts and minds, by not looking into the sun of righteousness. If a person looks into the natural sun it will cause eye damage and even blindness, but if a person from the heart looks into the Sun of Righteousness it will give him perfect vision spiritually.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed .
Moses knew what was to follow the law. A man that would turn us away from our iniquities to serve the living and the true God. To wait for his Son from Heaven who if we believe has delivered us from the wrath to come. I can see that man coming.
Acts 3:22-26 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians that they all ate and drank of the rock that FOLLOWED them and that rock was Christ. Please don't let doubts, sins or anything this world has to offer blur your vision. This world is full of distractions constructed to keep your mind off of Jesus. Three main distractions are the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. These things have blinded the minds of them which believe not. Jesus is all around, if you know how and where to look you will find him. Lord please remove the obstacles that we have placed in my our own ways through the years that would hinder me and you from seeing the Glory of our Lord.
(Special thanks to Rev Billy Sheller for his collaboration)