Published on August 16, 2007
The Supremacy Of Jesus Over Moses (3:1-6) : The Supremacy Of Jesus Over Moses (3:1-6) Moses was highly revered by the Hebrews Author of Pentateuch The deliverer, who led them out of Egyptian bondage and to the promised land The Law-giver, through whom God revealed so much of the Jewish religion Moses was the highest example of faithfulness. The Messiah was expected to be a prophet like Moses, Deut 18:15, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.' To be successful in encouraging his brethren to be faithful he would have to compare Jesus with Moses. The Call to Consider Jesus: The Call to Consider Jesus Heb 3:1, 'Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.' The call is given to 'holy brothers' and those who share in the heavenly calling This is written to Christians then and now. Heavenly calling- the call of the gospel and a call to glory II Th 2:14, 'He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.' We must 'put our mind on Jesus and let it remain there' Consider Jesus as Apostle and High Priest: Consider Jesus as Apostle and High Priest Apostle- 'one sent out' Moses, the Prophets, Jesus, The disciples High Priest Important theme in Hebrews- 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-7:28 Better high priest because he is our covering sacrifice, propitiation Jesus pleads God’s cause with believers (Apostle) Jesus pleads the believer’s cause with God (High Priest) Whom we confess Jesus Is Greater in His Person : Jesus Is Greater in His Person Heb 3:2-4, 'He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house. 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.' It’s not about faithfulness John 17:4, 'I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.' Num 12:6-7, 'he said, 'Listen to my words: 'When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.' Jesus Is Greater Because He is the Builder: Jesus Is Greater Because He is the Builder Jesus is worthy of more glory, just as one who builds a house has more honor than the house. Moses is part of the house itself. What Moses did was in service to the Son! Here again the author declares the deity of the Son as creator of all things. 1:2,10; 3:4 Jesus Is Greater in His Ministry: Jesus Is Greater in His Ministry Heb 3:5-6, 'Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.' Moses was faithful. His task was to testify of things to come. Luke 24:44, 'He said to them, 'This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.'' Moses testified but Jesus Fulfilled. Jesus Is a Faithful Son: Jesus Is a Faithful Son Moses was simply a servant IN the house Jesus is the Son OVER the house Not only did Jesus do the work given to him, he was given authority over all things of God Matt 28:18, 'Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.' John 3:35, 'The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.' Eph 1:22, 'And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,' Conclusion: Conclusion How is Jesus superior to Moses? Not in faithfulness In Person and Service Moses was a servant- Jesus is the builder Moses served In the house- Jesus is the Son Over the house 'We' are the house of Christ 1 Tim 3:15, 'if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.' Conclusion: Conclusion Eph 2:11-22, 'Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called 'uncircumcised' by those who call themselves 'the circumcision' (that done in the body by the hands of men)-- remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.' Slide10: Great News but conditional. Heb 3:6, '…And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. IF We must hold fast Is your faith wavering? '…fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.'