Jesus Greater Than Moses

Hebrews 3:1–6

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

  1. The great patriarchs of Israel are Abraham and Moses, and it was Moses who was instrumental in the exodus from Egypt, was there when God gave the 10 commandments, and then brought the people of Israel to the entrance into the promised land. Indeed, Moses “was faithful in all God’s house.”
  2. The author of Hebrews is writing to Jewish followers of Messiah Jesus, who he refers to as the “apostle and high priest” of our confession. Apostle, meaning one sent, and high priest, meaning the one who stands between us and God and brings us into His presence.
  3. Previously, the author of Hebrews showed how Jesus is superior to angels (chapters one and two). Indeed, as God’s Son, Jesus is superior to Moses also, which is what is meant by writing “Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses.” And “glory” has to do with the very presence of God.
  4. Moses, in all that he did, directing the Passover event with the slaying of the Lamb, the deliverance from the Egyptian evil, the receiving of the Law—Moses was faithful in his calling.
  5. Moses’ ministry prophetically pointed to something future, he testified “to the things that were to be spoken later.”
  6. Now Messiah Jesus, Yahweh’s saving Son, like Moses was faithful over the things of God, His people, but “as a son.” And the son has the same nature as the Father, as had been at the very core of the created world.
  7. The letter’s writer states that “we are his house” by holding fast our faith and hope in Jesus, and it is highly likely that we will, which is the meaning of the “if” clause in verse 6.
  8. The community of the faithful will believe and hope in the son.

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