Hebrews 3: 1-6….Increase your understanding.

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. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honour than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now 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. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Comment: This book was written to Jewish Christians when they were suffering much attack from the Jews who thought of them as enemies of Judaism. Judeo-Christian morality is pretty nearly the same, but while Christianity is based on the fulfilment of the promised Messiah, Jesus, most Jews still reject Him as such. There are, however, many Jewish Christians who still claim their Jewish heritage.= and live as Christians. This next few verses stresses a big point at issue that was causing their persecution.

Moses was the central figure under God in Judaism being a reality. This was true until Jesus came. Moses was the leader who led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt; he was the one whom God used to give them a ‘Constitution’ (The Ten Commandments) and the details of their moral, religious and cultural laws; He was with obvious help from prior records and even a bit added after his death the author of the first five books of the Old Testament. Christianity does not diminish Moses but as this passage says Moses was under God the builder of the nation but Jesus is the owner, as the Son of the Triune God. The church, that is the body of Jesus’ followers is the house mentioned. Previously the author refers to Jewry as being the house. It seems that the plan of God was for all Jews to become Christians when the promised Messiah came.

The small passage ends with the challenge to persistence and faithfulness.

Prayer: Let holding fast be a strong quality in me, please.

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