3:15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
It was a painful time back then when Paul was living. The once proud Jewish nation was now in tatters. It wouldn't be long before the Romans would march in and destroy the temple pretty much ending any last bit of national pride and unity. The children of Abraham, the people of Moses, the kingdom of David, were a mere shadow of what they had once been. Under Solomon monarchs came from distant lands to see the splendor of his kingdom. Now they live under the thumb of Rome and a cloud of confusion. There was this guy who hailed from Nazareth. He gathered a following. John the Baptist announced Him as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world. Not even His own disciples were sure what that meant at the time. As the months passed it became impossible to ignore Him. Lepers were being healed. Blind people were getting their eyesight back. The lame were walking, the mute were hearing and the dumb were talking. He even raised people from the dead. On the flip side He showed compassion to unclean foreigners, He respected women, He broke the Sabbath, and had ideas and teachings that just didn't wash with what the Jewish religion taught.
In the end the tension boiled over and even though some felt He was the long awaited Messiah, the Seed promised through the line of Abraham, they killed Him.
His followers opened to the leaders and the people the writings of Moses and the prophets showing that He was the Promised One but it was like they were the ones who were blind and deaf. Their traditions and ideas clung to them like leprosy and they could walk in the light that was blazing all around them.
Decades later Paul wrote to the Corinthians that still some read the writings of Moses with the same veiled eyes. They just couldn't see the obvious.
But. And there is always a but. But those who opened the door even a crack to let in the fresh winds of the life generating Spirit of the Lord caught a glimpse and that glimpse began to pulse within them. They were able to taste and see that the Lord is good. Just as Lazarus was raised from physical death and unwrapped and set free from the grave cloths that bound him, so does the life giving Spirit of the Lord set us free from every false idea that has bound us. That's the freedom Paul is talking about. The freedom to see God as He really is. To hear what He has been trying to say for millennia. To ascend the same mountain again yet catch an entirely new view of what we thought we already knew.
Freedom to see, hear, think, process, understand, and embrace Him as fully as we can, only to discover there is more and yet more. If you are on that journey keep going. If it sounds foreign to you, open the door of your heart and let the fresh winds of His Spirit bring new life to your soul!