7780 - Greater Than Moses
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Today we consider Hebrews 3, verses 3 and 4. Listen as I read:
Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
God had a purpose in bringing the book of Hebrews to be written. It seeks to convince all seekers that the sacrifices under the Law were only the type of sacrifice which was required by God, and which became a fulfilled reality through Jesus. Thus a new covenant of Grace was introduced through the crucifixion of Jesus, which is superior to and supplants the first covenant of animal blood under Law.
These verses point out that Jesus is worthy of greater honor than Moses.
Let’s note that Moses was perhaps the most respected person to any and all of the Jewish readers of this letter.
The author points out that the builder of a house has more honor and respect ascribed to him by the people of the community, than is credited to the house itself.
The writer in this passage calls upon the truth that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Creator of all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, including nations and kingdoms, dominions and powers, is without doubt the creator of the house of Israel.
All Jewish people would agree that Moses was an integral part of the House of Israel. His part in leading Israel out of Egypt toward the ‘promised land’ is a proud point of history.
Let take a glimpse into the lives of these two — Moses and Jesus.
Moses was born about 1500 B.C. in the land of Egypt. At that time all Hebrew boys were under the curse of death in Egypt, but God marvelously preserved his life, and staged the scene for Pharaoh’s daughter to claim him. During his first forty years he was brought up and nurtured as her acquired son. She had drawn him from a basket found floating on the Nile River. He lived a rich life and was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians.
His second forty years were lived in Midian where he fled after killing an Egyptian. There he was married and had two sons as he served in tending flocks. This period ended when the Lord appeared to him and chose to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage.
The final forty years for Moses were lived as God’s chosen leader for the Israelites as they left Egypt and wandered to the border of the Promised Land.
Moses’ most notable failure was when he failed to follow God’s clear direction in commanding water to come from the rock at Meribah Kadesh. God gave water for the people; however, in Numbers 20:12 we read: “But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.’” God continued to use Moses in bringing the Israelites to the border of Canaan.
Here in Hebrews Moses is noted for being a faithful servant.
So there was a great difference between Moses and Jesus, the Messiah/Christ, who willingly left his exalted position in heaven and came to earth as baby Jesus, in order to live a sinless life in human flesh so he could qualify to die as the perfect, holy sacrifice for the sins of humanity on the cross.
We have marveled at the faithfulness and love of Jesus to humbly serve in human flesh. He chose to die for mankind because there was no other way to satisfy the just claims of God against a sinful human race. This was the only way to reconcile holy God with sinful people.
His glorious resurrection gave powerful proof that he was truly the Son of God; and also proved all he had said and done was true.
Thus Jesus was worthy of greater honor than Moses.