June 11, 2020

Greater Than Moses

Hebrews 3:1-6

But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

—  Hebrews 3:6

Moses was one of the most important people in Israelite history. A follower of the God of Israel would never want to diminish Moses’ faithful service. The writer of Hebrews does not want to downplay the importance of Moses. But because Jesus, the Son of God, is far greater, the writer aims to exalt who Jesus is.

Hebrews has shown that Jesus is greater than the angels. Now it also shows that Jesus is ­greater than Moses, and that is not an easy task.

The writer uses the analogy of a builder in comparison to a caretaker. While being the caretaker of a building can be very important, the builder of the building has greater ­honor. Without the builder, there would be no building to take care of.

Moses was a caretaker. Jesus—God himself—is the builder. While Moses served an important role in caring for God’s people, Jesus is the one who builds them into his people. Moses led God’s people out of slavery as God provided the way to freedom. Jesus frees his people from the slavery of sin. Moses pointed the way. Jesus provides the way to salvation for all of God’s people. In fact, Jesus says, “I am the way. . . .” (John 14:6).

So let’s focus our thoughts on Jesus—not on other servants or messengers, but on Jesus, the builder of God’s house, to which we belong.

Dear Jesus, continue to build us as your house. Help us to hold on firmly to our confidence and hope in you. Amen.

About the author — Brian Kuyper

Brian Kuyper is the lead pastor at a church in Taber, Alberta. He has served in two congregations in southern Alberta over the past 12 years. He is married to Brenda, and they have three school-age children.

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