15 Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. 16 “But,” says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to HaShem, the veil is taken away.” 17 Now, “HaShem” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of HaShem is, there is freedom.
Wading through scripture can be contentious. My focus in these meditations is discovering gems of wisdom, inspiration, exhortation and positivity. Being that I focused on the importance of not calling good evil and evil good in my earlier meditation, it would be hypocritical of me to skip over something I see as problematic here. I think it is fair to say that verses like these are used by some believers to condemn Israel and Jewish people for their faith, or rather lack of faith in Messiah. That is, of course, permissible, but is it profitable? No. We have the freedom to attack G-d’s people, but I would rather bless Abraham and his seed and not curse them. We are supposed to be grafted into Israel through Messiah, that doesn’t mean we become Israel. Here Sha’ul (Pharisee of Pharisees) says that a veil is over the heart of anyone who reads Moshe (Torah) without the Spirit? What exactly does that mean? I am reading from the best Bible, outside of the original scrolls (Stern’s CJB) and the way Sha’ul seems to be framing the argument in 2 COR 3:15-17 seems made up to me. Where in the Torah does it say that “whenever someone turns to HaShem, the veil is taken away.” (2COR 3:16)? Then, in the next verse Sha’ul is saying “Now, “HaShem” in this text means the Spirit.” but where does that come from? I looked at some other translations real quick and they read differently from Stern’s. I say that the framing of the argument seems made up because it reads as if the Tanakh is being quoted her, but as far as I can tell, it isn’t. If the Tanakh doesn’t say that anywhere, then that is a problem. You say that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;” (2 Timothy 3:16), but I say that the scripture being talked about in context is the Tanakh, not the Gospels, not the Epistles.
The best way I can charitably interpret this seemingly false argument here is that it is referring to the fact that when Moshe “turned” or went away from the people to seek “HaShem” he would remove his veil and then when he would turn back to the people he would put the veil back. (EXO 34:34-35) In that case, every time “someone,” that someone being Moshe, would go to speak with HaShem, he would remove the veil. The veil was for the people because the glory was too much for them to bear.Here’s the thing though: the one who veils hearts blinds minds is… HaShem. It is not for one sect of believers to glory and delight in themselves that they see the truth while all the others are so blind. It is up to each of us to be as godly as possible, spreading light and love wherever we go. How will you grow the kingdom by attacking and fighting people who have not been given the same grace as you that they have eyes to see and ears to hear? Isn’t it better for you to pray for those who you wish would see things your way? May our Heavenly Father pierce all the veils on our hearts that we may serve Him with love and fear and love our fellows as we love ourselves.