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The Veil of Moses
by Wayne Blank
A number of original Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures are translated into English as veil (or vail), but two of them refer only to the veil that Moses placed over his face after meeting with The Lord. The Hebrew word, pronounced mas-veh, means to cover; it is used only 3 times in the Holy Scriptures, all in referring to Moses. The Greek word, pronounced kal-oo-mah, which means a covering, is found only 4 times in the Bible, all of which refer to the same veil of Moses.
"And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face"
Moses was a very unique servant of The Lord (see The Education Of Moses). Note that the veil was placed over Moses' face when He spoke to the people, not when he spoke with The Lord. Unlike the people, with few exceptions, at that time, Moses had the Holy Spirit ("I will take of the Spirit which is upon thee," Numbers 11:17 KJV); Moses could "see" ("there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom The Lord knew face to face," Deuteronomy 34:10 KJV).
"And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand [see What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?], when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. 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. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 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."
The apostle Paul, the former Pharisee who came to understand spiritual blindness from his own pre-conversion life (see Paul's Ministry) explained how carnal Israel becomes spiritual Israel, not by abandoning God's Law, but by obeying and living by it - just as Jesus Christ commanded true Christians to do (see Jot and Tittle).
"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart."
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