“Therefore, holy brothers,1 you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 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. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house was a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 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 (Heb. 3:1-6).”
Can anyone tell me what this is a picture of? It’s the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone national park in Wyoming. Eruptions can shoot around 8,000 gallons of boiling water to a height of 185 feet, lasting from 1 to 5 minutes. Why do you think it’s called Old Faithful? Because it’s the most predictable geographical feature on Earth, erupting almost every 90 minutes. Just like the geyser, someone who is always consistent, on-time, and doesn’t break promises will be known for being faithful
In Hebrews 3, we learn that Moses was a great leader. He saved the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, took the initiative to fight with Pharaoh to let “his people go.” Moreover, he continued to serve the Lord in the wilderness for 40 years, despite the fact that the people who followed him constantly complained. If any of us were Moses, we would have lost our patience and temper long before he did.
However, Moses was not perfect. He was not always faithful. For example, God commanded Moses to speak to the rock, but instead he struck the rock with his staff. Also, Moses took credit for bringing forth the water as a miracle instead of giving glory to God. Let’s not give him too hard of a time. Haven’t all of us made similar mistakes?
Moses was a good leader, but he was a sinner. Jesus, however, was without sin and always obeyed His Heavenly Father. Hebrews 4:15 states, “For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin.” That is why Jesus is counted worthy of more glory than Moses. He is the God-Man, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace, and the Faithful Servant.
Throughout our Christian life, we will have heroes of the faith like Moses, Noah, Esther, and Elijah who do marvelous things for the Lord. There is nothing wrong with looking up to these people. Yet, because of human sin, our heroes will ultimately disappoint us because they are not perfect like Christ. We live in a world today where we desire to idolize the creation rather than the Creator. It’s no surprise to me that we are blatant about this concept, especially in the entertainment world: American Idol. There is an evil inclination for us to worship humans who are athletic, a brilliant scientist or doctor, or even charismatic preachers. Hebrews 3 reminds us that only God is worthy of receiving all the glory, honor, and praise because He is perfect in love, wisdom, strength, intelligence, art, you name it!
Application: This week, think of 5 times in your life when God was faithful to you. Give Him praise and honor for fulfilling His promises. Then, I want to challenge you to share with someone a time when God was faithful so that He receives glory from us. God bless!