Hebrews 3:5-6 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God's house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.
Do you know about Moses? The greatest of all the OT Prophets. How Can I say that?Deu 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. Well whatís so great about Moses?
Do you know about his birth? There was a King in those days who said, Kill all the sons. Many died, but Moses was pared, and when he was 3 month old, he was put in an ark and floated down the river, the Kingís daughter found him and adopted him and so he grew up as a prince in the Kingís house. When he got older he found out about his birth, and he chose to abandon the good life, and return to the people of Israel, and to help them. Israel wasnít ready yet, he couldnít go back to the palace -- so he left all he knew, and made a life as a shepherd in the wilderness. When the time was right God appeared to him in a burning bush and called him to bring Israel out of Egypt. From shepherding the flocks to shepherding Israel, its a major change in life, and not the sort of thing to begin when youíre almost 80 years old. But Moses trusted in God, and went as God had called him.
Moses did many signs, to convince the King to let Israel go, but the king wouldnít be convinced. The kingís magicians could do some things that were like what Moses did, but finally no magician could do what God was doing through Moses. But the King still would not let the people go. Finally, as one last sign, God sent a destroyer to kill all the first born sonís of Israel, but Israel learned the Passover, and the blood of that sacrifice saved them from destruction. The king lost his son, and in his grief finally the king said Israel could go. And so Israel began to leave Egypt, but the king changed his mind, and sent out the army to bring Israel back. God saved Israel, and the waters were parted and Israel passed through the sea on dry ground, but when the army followed the water overcame them and they drowned.
So Moses led the people out of Egypt, but the people rebelled in the wilderness, and so God left them to wander for 40 years, and for 40 years Moses led the people. Moses didnít get to retire until he was 120 years old. Moses delivered to Israel the law of God, and Moses was the mediator of the old covenant. But Moses wasnít perfect, sometimes he lost his temper, and once didnít listen to God, and took credit for what God had done. So Moses, as great as he was, he got to see the promised land, but he did not get to enter it.
There are many similarities between Moses and Jesus. Jesus almost died at birth, Jesus also left his fatherís house. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. Jesus came to set the people free from a slavery and hard bondage. Jesus came to bring the chosen people to the promised land. But Jesus entered the promised land.
John 1:17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. What is grace? It is that we sinners who deserve nothing but death, have received the gift of life, salvation and forgiveness for all our sins. Jesus, like the Passover lamb, died, so that in his blood, we might be redeemed, and that the death of sin might pass us by. Moses was a great prophet, but Jesus was prophet priest and king -- and the sacrifice wherein we are forgiven.
Whatís the truth? As Jesus continues in the house, as a son, so by grace, we are also on the house, as the sons and daughters of God, we too will continue with Jesus, if we hold fast to our faith, and do not waver. And so we live as Christians, in hope, remembering the promise that is ours, not because of Moses, for no one is saved by the law. But the promise is Jesus Christ given and shed for the forgiveness of all our sins, and forgiven we are of the house of God, and look forward to the place which Jesus has prepared for us with Him in heaven. Even today, there are people who donít listen to Moses, otherwise they would know that everyone will be held accountable for keeping the 10 commandments. But salvation is not in Moses, but in Jesus, in him we have peace with God, and the grace to do those things which God has called us to do, for Jesus sake.