Summary: We often suffer from "blurred vision" when it comes to religion or belief in God. We see what we want to see colored by the prejudices (veils) we have created or experienced.
Hiding Behind A Veil
Intro: I once attended the wedding of a friend. When the bride started down the aisle, I noticed she was having a difficult time. It was as though she was intoxicated. As she neared the row where I was seated, I could see the problem. She literally could not see where she was going because the person who had helped her dress had put her veil on backwards. Couldn’t see a thing and neither could she be seen.
I. Exodus 34: 29 – 35 story deals with Moses and how God’s glory was reflected in his face.
A. Moses’ “shine” was a gift of God, which came to him as he devoted himself to doing God’s will and work. --- Moses was giving himself to the will of God and his shine was a byproduct of his commitment and focus.
B. Too often we try to be about the light rather than about the work. --- our attention and focus are on the by-product rather than the work. --- Make Christ shine through us by doing Christ’s work in the world.
C. God calls us to keep our focus on doing Christ’s work. – things we resent doing if forced – gladly do for someone we love.
II. 2 Cor. 3:12 -13 – Paul is thinking back to the passage from Exodus.
A. It is difficult to explain Paul’s use of the story of the veil. There is no ground in Exodus for the suggestion that Moses used a veil to hide the fact that his face was losing its radiance.,
B. Read Vs. 14& 15 – Veils that keep people from seeing the real and true “glory of God.”
C. Is there a veil over our minds – we read scripture, hear the Bible – Our efforts to encounter God seem futile. – Can God’s word transform our lives.
III. VS. 16 – 18 – Accademia in Florence – Michelangelo’s statues – “The Prisoners”
A. Perhaps you have caught a glimpse of the glory of the Lord – music, prayer , sermon and you want it to last forever as did the disciples with Jesus at his “transfiguration”
B. When it doesn’t “LAST” – when the glory fades, we lose heart and begin to despair
C. 2 Cor 4:1 – Paul says the Corinthians can have their veil removed only through Christ. We too can have our veils removed. Not immediate – the change we experience through Christ is a process moving from one degree of glory to another.
Conclu: It is the Spirit of Christ who gives us life and hope to overcome the veils that lie over our minds and prevent us from encountering God. --- Do not lose heart --- for the glory of the Lord will be revealed.