Friday, 10 July 2015
But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 2 Corinthians 3:15
In the previous verse, Paul notes this concerning the Jews – “But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the “veil” is taken away in Christ.” As explained in that verse evaluation, the “veil” should be rendered “the old covenant.” In support of that, Paul continues with, “But even to this day…”
It has to be remembered that Paul wrote this epistle about 30 years after the time of Christ. The temple was still standing, the Jews attended their synagogues and read weekly from the Torah, and the veil remained over their hearts concerning the work of the Lord. He was just as hidden to them then as He was before He came. Now, it is about 2000 years later and the same truth applies. When Jews meet to discuss the Torah, the details of Christ are hidden from them.
The time for this is ending though. Jews are converting to Christ at an ever-increasing rate. Israel has been returned to the land of Israel as prophesied. The nations of the world are coming against them just as the Bible showed would happen. All of this is preparing them for one final seven-year period where a temple will stand and they will finally understand what Daniel was talking about in verses 9:24-27 of his book.
In the end, the Jewish nation will finally call out to Jesus and He will return to rescue them. But until that happens, the veil lies on their heart. We are witnessing the coming end of the church age, and the time of Daniel’s 70th week which will end with the veil finally being removed.
Life application: It is a messy world and it is getting messier, but God has a plan which He is working on through it all. Stand back and watch the Lord work! Israel is being prepared for a meeting with their true Messiah.
Heavenly Father, Your word said that Israel would be returned again to occupy the land of Israel. It also says that this group of people is being prepared for a meeting with their Messiah. They will call and He will answer; the veil will be lifted and the glory of Jesus will finally be realized. Both testaments show this as clearly as could be… may it be soon. Even so – come Lord Jesus. Amen.