He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house.
The writer of Hebrews showed us three ways that Jesus was superior to Moses.
First, Moses was a member of God’s house, but Jesus is the builder of God’s house. Hebrews 3:3-4 says, “He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” If you have ever been to London, you know one of the most magnificent sites is St. Paul’s Cathedral, a massive house of worship composed of thousands of stones. Which would be more important: one of those stones in that massive cathedral or Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who designed that cathedral and oversaw its construction? The builder is always superior to the individual stones that make up the house. Moses was great. He was a member of God’s house, no doubt about it. But Jesus is the builder of that house.
Second, Moses was a shadow of things to come, but Jesus is the substance. Look at Hebrews 3:5: “Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later.” Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, but those five books of the Bible were like a neon sign pointing people to Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus said in John 5:46, “If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.” When Jesus appeared after His resurrection to the two believers who were on the road to Emmaus, they did not recognize Jesus at first. They were talking about all that had happened with the crucifixion and now the resurrection of Christ. So the Bible says Jesus began with Moses, showing them in the Scriptures how all things were pointing to Him (Luke 24:27).
Third, Moses is only a servant in God’s house, but Jesus is the ruler over God’s house. Hebrews 3:6 says, “Christ was faithful as a Son over His house–whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.” In Exodus 35-40, there are 22 references to the faithfulness of Moses–yet he was still a servant, but Jesus was the Son. To help you understand this, let me ask you a question. If you had a choice, would you be Bill Gates’ gardener or Bill Gates’ child? Most of us would choose to be his child rather than his gardener. Why? The children of Bill Gates are inheritors of his great wealth. The gardener is still a servant. Jesus said in John 8:35, “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.”
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “A Savior For All Seasons” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2018.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.