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We All With Unveiled Face (Part 6)

12 January, 2010

Read II Corinthians 3.  Now, read Ephesians 5:25-33.  I am about to tread onto soil that I admittedly know very little about, but bear with me; those that know more than I do about this topic, feel very much free to comment/correct me.  The overarching goal in this is not to define marriage, but to draw out the gospel in something to which we all relate.  Defining marriage is secondary, and it is solely for my personal thought process, not to be taken as what I think everyone should agree upon.

Parts 1 2 3 4 and 5 of the series can be found by clicking the link.

ministry of death : ministry of the Spirit :: engagement : marriage

The Veil

When Moses covered his face with the veil while administering the Law to the Israelite people, that action represented all of the mysteries that were a part of the Old Covenant.  There were many different “types” of Christ in the Old Testament, but no one knew exactly what God would do to redeem His people.  Eventually, the prophets would tell of a coming Messiah, but God’s people would reject even those accounts, and God’s plan of redemption would remain shrouded in mystery until Immanuel came and fulfilled every dot and every iota of the law and word of the prophets.
The veil that Moses wore hid the glory of God reflected in his face from the unrighteous Israelites.  They complained about his face shining so brightly that they couldn’t look at him, so Moses covered his face with a veil whenever he was around the Israelites.  Whenever he went up to the mountain to talk to God, he took it off.
There was so much mystery inherent in the ministry of death, but some of God’s people had faith in His future redemption.  They didn’t know how He would do it, but they had perfect confidence that He certainly would.  They knew they could not live up to this Law; all the Law did was promise their death.  They couldn’t even look at Moses when he delivered the Law, because of their sinfulness.  But they knew that God had promised His people redemption every time they were in trouble before.  They had faith in His gracious redemption, as shrouded in mystery as it was.

The marriage veil represents the purity of the Bride to be wed.  It also hides her beauty from the bridegroom until it is lifted.  The glory of the affection that is present in engagement is at its height when the bridegroom sees his bride with the veil over her face for the last time.  He doesn’t see her full beauty, but his affection for her is all in faith of what is to come.  There is a huge sense of mystery represented in the veil of the bride.  The bridegroom knows his transgression of the marriage laws.  The bride knows her own transgression.  But they both have faith in something that is to come.  They have faith in a double gracious redemption, as unlikely as it should be.  I heard it said once that a good marriage is when both people think they’re marrying up.  I guess that’s Biblical.  We just have to remember there’s a lot more too it than that.

The marriage veil represents a mysterious beauty in the bride, and hides the glory of that which is to come from the bridegroom until the time of redemption.  The bridegroom sets his hope on only one thing:  the fulfillment of the marriage law, and the lifting of the veil which reveals the one who he will be joined to as one flesh and one spirit.

The veil that Moses wore represented the mystery of the true glory of God as represented by the Law: the mystery of God’s perfect redemption and yet impossibility of attaining his glory through the Law, the ministry of death.  The veil hid the beauty of God from the unrighteous Israelite people.  The faithful Israelite set his hope on only one thing:  the fulfillment of the Law, the lifting of the veil, which reveals the Spirit.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    13 January, 2010 16:15

    “The faithful Israelite set his hope on only one thing: the fulfillment of the Law, the lifting of the veil, which reveals the Spirit.”

    was this the hope of eternal life?

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