One Greater Than Moses

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:1-6).

Even though Moses Himself predicted One greater than He would arise, and all should listen to Him (Deuteronomy 18:15-18), not everyone accepted it. This was especially truth when the One greater than Moses was named Jesus of Nazareth. This passage documents the superiority of Jesus over Moses in the four following ways:

  • Jesus’ superior office. Moses was a prophet; Jesus was a prophet and high priest. Moses was called by God and then sent; Jesus was sent (an “apostle”).

  • Jesus’ superior redemption. Moses was a redeemer of slaves in physical bondage; Jesus redeems those enslaved in spiritual bondage.

  • Jesus’ superior glory. Moses’ glory—derived from fellowship with God—faded away; Christ’s inherent glory never does.

  • Jesus’ superior status. Moses ministered as a servant in God’s house; Jesus serves as a Son over God’s house.

Jesus’ significant superiority to Moses should not be met with hardness of heart, rebellion, unbelief, and disobedience (like he received from his generation). History does not need to repeat itself.

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