Archive for January 5th, 2018

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3 has the writer challenging us to consider Jesus for who He is.  “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house”. Jesus is compared here to Moses, one of the great men of faith in all of history.  When we consider the past faithfulness of Jesus, it makes us understand that He will continue to be faithful. His record is unblemished.  He never fails.  And as He was faithful to God the Father so He will be faithful to us.  We can take that truth to the bank!

But it’s more than a comparison to Moses here.  Jesus is superior, not only to Moses, but to any other person at any time.  “For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself….Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son”.  Moses was a faithful servant, but he was never called a Son in the way Jesus is.

God cares about our heart.  “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God”.  We can quickly lose our way with Christ if we don’t guard our heart and keep it centered on Him.  The world tugs at us from all sides, pulling us toward the ditch.  We need to help each other stay the course and continue walking with Jesus.  “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin”.  Sin will destroy us and separate us from God.  We need each other to keep our heart centered on God and His ways.

History shows us a people that failed to do that, even though they had a great leader in Moses, taking them to receive a great promise in The Promised Land.  They had every reason to stay true to God, but failed.  We are warned by the writer “do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion….with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned,  whose bodies fell in the wilderness….they would not enter his rest”.  We can call the punishment harsh for those who trekked around 40 years hoping to reach their promise, but because of their sin and an unwillingness to trust and follow God, then never reached the goal.  God cares about the heart.  Most of all.  Don’t let sin harder yours!

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