He [Jesus] was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 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 3:2-6
Faithful…in verse 2, we see that both Jesus and Moses faithful to God and His people. What a blessing to see that God recognizes our faithfulness. He did not expect Moses to be Jesus. God’s expectation was that Moses be faithful to Moses’ appointment and Jesus to be faithful to His appointment. God is the builder of everything and gives the appointments.
In verse 3, the Lord declares that Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses and we reply, Amen! But let us not do so without asking God to help us understand why He is making this declaration to the Jews.
To find understanding, we need to slow down and remember that at the was written to primarily to the Jews. The memory of Moses and his faithfulness to God and God’s people were large in the minds and hearts of the Jews when the letter was written. Some were having a hard time believing that anyone was greater than Moses.
The following is just a sampling to help us remember why the Jews held Moses with such esteem and revered him. It to Moses that the Lord revealed Himself in a fiery bush that would not burn and declared His Name to be I AM WHO I AM. It was Moses that God sent to confront Pharaoh and rescue and deliver the Israelites out of bondage to the Egyptians. It was Moses that God spoke to speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles. It was Moses who God called to Mount Sinai. It was Moses who God gave the plans for the Passover, the Law/the Ten Commandments, the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Testimony, and the Sacrificial system. It was Moses who the Lord hid in the cleft of a rock and allowed to see His back as He passed by. It was Moses who God used to part the Red Sea and allowed the Jews to cross over on dry land. It was Moses who led the Israelites through the wilderness and delivered them right to the edge of the Promised Land. It was Moses who the the Lord Himself wrote the following in the Book of Deuteronomy:
“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:10-12
Yes, Moses was faithful, not perfect, but faithful to God’s appointment and plan for his life as His leader to the Old Testament believers and God honors him in these Scriptures. Hallelujah and Amen.
The Lord goes on to declare that “Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.”
Moses was faithful not only in action. As he obeyed God, he was faithfully bearing witness, pointing to the greater One, Jesus Christ. Jesus was faithful as well and we will discuss that on Monday but the Lord wanted the Jews to understand that He is the builder of everything. He would not have the Jews confused nor would He have us confused as to who is the Greatest. There is no one or no thing greater than Jesus the Christ!
Now, we know that there were times when Moses did not readily pass the crisis of belief test but for the most part, he was faithful. The Lord’s words in Deuteronomy 34:10-12 about Moses should cause each of us to ponder what the Lord would say about our faithfulness to His appointment on our lives. Remember the Lord said in verse 4, “God is the builder of everything.“ Every gifting, every call, and every appointment comes from the Builder of everything. What are we doing with them? Should the Lord appear right now, would He call us good and faithful servants and stewards? Just as the Jews thought no one could be greater than Moses, is there a person in your life that is greater to you than God? Let’s not be quick to answer, this is a Selah, pause and ponder question. Our service and stewardship to the call, gifts and appointments from the Author and Builder of our faith gives the answer.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2, “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”
Praying that as we all pause and ponder, listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will hear our Savior and Master say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
We praise you for the Greater One, Jesus, your precious Son who gave His life that we would have life. Help us to serve as faithful servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. May we love You with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength…and hear You say “well done.”
In Jesus Name, Amen!