Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
What things do you consider when making decisions about your readings in the Bible?
Some consider the Greek and Hebrew original words and how they are used, or what the inside of the meaning is. I always find this fascinating. They are such colorful languages, and so intricate. One word can have a very specific meaning, and it can be quite different than we think it would be. A word that comes to mind as I type is comely. Looking at that word makes me think not much to look at. But in reality, it means lovely, and is often translated that way. Word studies are good for in depth knowledge.
Others look at the times and settings of the things that are taking place. What was lkife like back then? How were woman treated? What did the lay of the land teach about the subject matter being shared in the parables of Jesus? How as society different then than it is today? These are all questions that can be asked, and there are plenty of resources that can teach us the answer, adding to our knowledge of the intent of the scripture in certain places.
Others delve into prophecy. They go through the Bible with a fine-tooth comb, trying to figure out what it’s going to be like in the last days, and what heaven will be like. What prophecies are coming true today? What are they leading up to? How can we know these are the last days? The books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelations are woven like a fabric by these studiers of eschatology. An interesting tapestry it is, too!
I imagine people were caught up with these things in the days this passage was written. The writer directs them to one place, to one thing to consider, and that I Jesus. The important thing for us, if we venture off into any of these studies to gain knowledge, is to keep our eyes set on Jesus. After all, it is through Him we became partakers of this heavenly calling. Without His sacrifice, we would be lost and bound for the devil’s hell. Without His mercy and grave, our lives would be a total mess and we would lose the salvation we gained.
The writer points out that Jesus was more important the Moses. The Jews revered Moses. He led them out of Egypt and slavery, help them endure the wilderness and all it’s struggles, became the spokesman for God to the people and gave them the law. He was a leader like to other throughout the history of the nation. It is right that they held him in high regard. For the writer to say Jesus was more important than Moses was a statement that was hard for them to understand! If not for Moses, they would still be in Egypt’s strong grasp.
But Jesus had a higher calling. He does not lead us out of a country, but out of our former lives as slaves to sin. He does not write the words of the law in tables of stone, but writes them in our hearts with parables and sermons bringing God’s love into our lives. He does not lead them through a physical wilderness, but through the trials and tests of our lives. He does not take us to a physical promised land, but he opened the doors of heaven for us. Jesus was so similar to Moses in so many ways. He is the one we should look to at all times!
Moses’ house was on this earth. The house he built was the nation of Israel, free and in their own land. He brought them out of a house of bondage and brought them into a house flowing with milk and honey. He stood up to the enemy and proclaimed curses that eventually made the enemy release them. He took Abraham’s children and made them Israel’s nation! The house he built was on this earth. Their welling place was of the flesh.
Jesus builds a spiritual house within us. He crafts it with his own hands, because he made all things to begin with. He is the master potter and we are his clay. He molds us and shapes us into the vessel he desires us to be, if we allow Him to. He uses every trial, every test, every lesson to help us see our path and walk in it. He defeats the enemy at every turn, and works in the quiet of the day to bring us closer to Him.
We must gold on to the promises of God and Jesus. We must hold on to the teachings that give us hope and help us to see what righteousness really looks like. Moses was a great example, and built a strong nation, but what Jesus is building is far greater. He is building me. I am His abode. He abides in me and I in Him. Every day He will furnish this house with love, joy, peace, and all those other fruits of the Spirit. He will give me the words to say and the direction to walk. Because He lives in me, in this house, I must honor this house and keep it holy. When I do that, He will always keep me, pick me up when I fall, and show me the way to get back on the path. I am so glad He loves me!