Unveiled or Veiled

As 2020 begins, may our eyes be open to see Jesus the Christ with clarity and grace. May we be emboldened to stand tall, shining the light of the Lord before all, for light overcomes darkness. Should we have a veil over our own eyes, physical eyes, eyes of our hearts, may it be removed that we may see…see the Truth…see Jesus as He is.

κάλυμμα

kalymma

a veil, covering

metaphorically, of that which prevents a thing from being understood

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord Who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Amen.

By Christ, and Christ Alone, is the veil removed from our physical eyes and the eyes of our hearts so that we may see clearly. Clearly, to know the Truth. Clearly, to understand the Truth. Clearly, to shine the Truth before others, to be a light in this dark world.

And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with Him. Exodus 34:33-35

Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this Man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

I want to see clearly, LORD, with 20/20 vision. I want to know Who You are and what You are teaching me. I desire to follow You obediently, God. Guide me and show me the way for my life. Open the eyes of my heart, as well as the eyes of my physical body so that I will know…know all that You desire for me to know. I know I cannot know all while I am here on this earth. Yet, while I am here, please make Your will for my life clear, LORD. Make it known to me. In the powerful Name of Jesus, Your Son, I pray. Amen.

Photo: Woman in red veil: https://italianinsight.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/italian-muslim-girl-asked-to-remove-veil-to-work/

Graphic: Moses – unveiled and veiled by Ted Larson 2006

Photo: Woman taking veil off: Christina Rizk @ http://www.christinarizk.com

Graphic: Faithlife – BibleScreen https://faithlife.com/products/biblescreen

7 thoughts on “Unveiled or Veiled

  1. Linda, this was so timely in so many ways. Affirming God’s love and presence in so many ways. Thank you for being so faithful to answer the promptings of the Holy Spirit. So many times you have lifted me up through God’s Word. I don’t think I told you this before, but once you wrote to me something like: “Anna, I think you’ll find you weren’t in fact so far from the LORD all those years.” Now, I look back and see my Prodigal years as God’s rescue of me: He was taking me out of an environment that was suffocating the beauty HE had placed inside of me. His grace took me out, so one day I’d see what I was most ashamed of is the most beautiful thing about me: HIS voice of mercy in me. But I had to learn to receive that mercy myself in a deeper way, so He would become my everything. Hence His leading out to take me deeper into Him. The moment I began to run away, I was running from my idols into His arms…I just didn’t see that. Now, I see Him there paving the path for me. And my husband is a huge part of that. His Ways just aren’t ours…oh His plans are so much greater.

    May God fill you more and more with a boldness in your witness to Him. You are such a gift to me.

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  2. Dear Linda, these words right here were like a rich balm of peace and calmness –. ‘ may our eyes be open to see Jesus the Christ with clarity and grace.’

    Thank you for your wisdom. May God bless us with a strong sense of His presence as we move ahead.

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  3. Amen, Linda. I’m so thankful to be reading your words again! I’ve missed your lovely Scripture and Word studies. May I allow Him to unveil my eyes, and to see the way that He wants me to see also. Love and Blessings to you in this New Year.

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