Veil of the Jews? Veil of the Christians?
What is a veil? A veil can be a physical covering that goes over the head of a person, but there is a deeper meaning that refers to a veil over one’s understanding. When an individual has a veil over their understanding, it usually is concerning a certain issue or situation that they cannot grasp mentally, intellectually, emotionally or in any way. The reasons why they have this veil can vary greatly with each individual person. The veil could include a whole people group who, for some reason, refuse to look at the facts and accept an untruth about a certain situation and believe the lie. When presented with the truth they can become very angry to the point where they either kill you or wish you were dead.
Here is a very interesting scripture:
2Corinthians 3:11 – 3:18
For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. 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. English Standard Version
For if there was glory in what faded away, how much more glory must there be in what lasts. Therefore, with a hope like this, we are very open — unlike Moshe, who put a veil over his face, so that the people of Isra'el would not see the fading brightness come to an end. What is more, their minds were made stonelike; for to this day the same veil remains over them when they read the Old Covenant; it has not been unveiled, because only by the Messiah is the veil taken away. Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. "But," says the Torah, "whenever someone turns to Adonai, the veil is taken away." Now, "Adonai" in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is freedom. So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit. Complete Jewish Bible
What I understand from this scripture is that for Israel and their descendants there is a veil over their understanding concerning Messiah, Yeshua that is only removed when someone appropriates the work Messiah accomplished to their lives. This means to accept that we had a terrible problem with waywardness and tradition that nullified our faith in God and rendered our zeal for him to nothing. It is only when we accept the work of Messiah and acknowledge our deep need for a relationship with his Father that we begin the process of coming out of the lies. The veil comes off gradually as we learn more truth about the Father and his Messiah.
The problem with all who say they are believers, whether they are Jewish, Christian or Moslem, is that all three have veils over their understand of God and his Messiah, Yeshua.
Let’s look at two very important scriptures concerning instructions from God concerning his commandments about adding words to his Torah (Instructions) or taking words away from it:
Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.
Deuteronomy 12:32 "Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. English Standard Version
Deuteronomy 4:2 In order to obey the mitzvot (commands) of Adonai your God which I am giving you, do not add to what I am saying, and do not subtract from it.
Deuteronomy 12:32 (13:1) "Everything I am commanding you, you are to take care to do. Do not add to it or subtract from it. Complete Jewish Bible
Here we see the instructions from God, through Moses, to abstain from adding any words to God’s Torah or subtracting any words from it. The question in 2014 is this, Have we as believers, Christian, Jewish or Moslem added or subtracted from the word of God? For the remainder of this discussion I will address the Christians and Jews. Members of Islam have a different book that they adhere to, called the Quran, so I will leave them out of this discussion.
The problem is see with both modern day Christianity and Judaism is that one people group has added to the word of God, while the other group has subtracted from the word of God. Before we go any further, I wish to say that in doing so, both groups have veils over the eyes of their understanding, so much so that their doctrines and beliefs, or the lack thereof, have been elevated above the commandments of God.
Let’s look at the Jewish people first. In an effort to make sure the commandments of God are kept they have put up fences around portions of the word of God in a zealous effort to maintain the integrity of the commands. Let’s look at one very simple command of God:
Exodus 34:26 The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." English Standard Version
Exodus 34:26 You are to bring the best firstfruits of your land into the house of Adonai your God. "You are not to boil a young goat in its mother's milk." Complete Jewish Bible
The admonition at the end of this scripture is the instruction to not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. To me that just makes sense; it would be so cruel to boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. What has that scripture come to mean in 2014? Well, for my Jewish brothers and sisters, they have added the following commands to the scripture: 1) You have to have two separate refrigerators, one for meat and one for dairy, at least two sets of dishes, one for meat and one for dairy, at least two sets of cutlery, one for meat and one for dairy, two sinks, one for meat and one for diary. We see here that these ‘rules’ concerning meat and dairy are so strongly engrained in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people that the necessity for two of everything concerning meat and dairy is a commandment equivalent to, or greater than the actual commandment.
There are many instances where the Jewish people have put fences around the word of God and elevated their man made commandments above the word of God. Yeshua dealt with the religious leaders of his day concerning certain practices of the Pharisees who had many traditions that were elevated above the word of God. Sadly, the Christians have taken some of the Messiah’s corrections for the Pharisees to mean that certain commandments have been done away with, making them null and void, thus subtracting from God’s word.
Let’s look at this scripture in question (Matthew 15:2 – 15:20):
"Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat." He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.' But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said. "'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
And he called the people to him and said to them, "Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." But Peter said to him, "Explain the parable to us." And he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone."
The Messiah was quite clear here about the leaders elevating their commandment to wash your hands before eating or you would be defiled along with the food you are eating. The sad thing is that Christians have taken a very small portion of this scripture out of context to mean that the teachings on the dietary laws found in Leviticus Chapter 11 have been made null and void. Here is the portion of scripture they use to support the nullification of God’s word in Matthew 5:17:
Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?
This one scripture is one of the examples Christians use to support their veiled belief that a believer today can eat whatever they want as long as they give thanks for it. The ‘thanks’ for it is taken from another scripture they take out of context, a true veil (1 Timothy 4:1 – 5):
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. English Standard Version
This is a horribly misquoted scripture by Christians which has nothing to do with the acceptability of eating of unclean creatures like swine and shellfish. My question to anyone who possesses that veiled belief is this, since when have the commandments of God been reduced to teachings of demons? What so many Christian believers forget is that the bible was written by the Hebrew people for Hebrew people. The Hebrew people understood the proper context in which scripture was written and read. Christians, on the other hand, have pulled a line of scripture out of context and built whole doctrines around it. This process of taking scripture out of context and trying to make it support an erroneous belief or doctrine is characteristic of most Christians, Pastors and bible school teachers. It has nothing to do with the truth of God’s word and they (Christians) have subtracted many commandments from God’s word.
I really believe that if one calls themselves a Christian and accepts these false teachings, they are displaying an irreverent contempt for God’s word and God himself. They reject sound doctrine of any kind and have followed the way of Cain. I fear for those who try to support their disobedience to God’s word and condemn others for trying to keep His commandments. They truly are blind guides whose fate is sealed. Unless the veil of the Christian’s eye is removed, they will stand before God at the judgment in a state of lack and impending doom. God admonishes us to come out of the world and all of its systems. This includes the system of Christianity which will leave many, many people in want and fear. Christian, please pray to God to remove the veil of your understanding, ask him to deliver you from that spirit of religion that makes you mock others for adhering to the word of God. Pray that God would open the eyes of your understanding and spare you from the wrath that is coming on the earth before it’s too late. We can't condemn the Jews for having a veil over their understanding concerning the Messiah when as Christians there is a similar veil concerning the commands of God and His Torah.
May God have mercy on us all.
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