On Sunday, April 19 2020, we looked at Mark 6:45-56 where Jesus revealed himself as the God of the Old Testament as he walked on the waters meaning to pass the disciples by as they struggled in the storm they were experiencing (you can listen to the sermon here). This was Jesus recreating the act of God passing by Moses giving Moses a greater picture of who he was without showing his face to him (as anyone who would see the face of God would perish because to stand face-to-face with God, no imperfect thing could withstand the holiness and perfection and would surely die).
We also talked about the venomous snakes that were sent among the camp. To be healed, God told Moses to lift up a bronzed snake on a pole so when people looked at it, they would be healed. And we also talked about the last night the Israelite people were slaves to the Egyptians and in the plague, God ‘passed over’ the Israelites because of the sacrifice of blood painted on the doors of their houses. These were pictures of Jesus who by his blood, we were spared by death because he was lifted up on a cross to die in our place instead of us and now God has passed over us and has instead made us His people, holy (set apart) and brought into the house of God as children not as servants.
In thinking more about the sermon, I thought I would point us to Hebrews 3:1-6 as it talks about Moses compared to Jesus. Your bible might have it titled something along the lines of: Jesus Greater Than Moses. So, let’s read it together.
“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 honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all thigs 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.”
And though there is so much to focus on here. I think the capstone of this section is this part: “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.”
It’s this incredible understanding that Jesus came to us not as a servant or a messenger (or a murder in the case of Moses) but as the only begotten son of God as John 3:16 lays out. Jesus, we should consider as apostle, high priest, faithful and worthy of more glory than Moses because of who he is, was the son of God! Moses testified to the things that were to come later, aka Jesus himself. Moses’ life was to point to the one who would be greater than him.
Now Moses freed God’s people, pleaded for the people and even gave the law, the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah, to God’s people. If there should be any hero in the Old Testament, Moses would surely be on that short list. Yet the book of Hebrews (writing to the Israel people) calls him nothing more than a servant. Not only is Moses just a servant but he is the ‘house of God’ as we are all built into a singular unit (a house or better put a family) and Jesus is not apart of the house but is the builder of the whole thing in which without him, this house would not exist.
Jesus in Mark 6 shows himself not to be a servant but the Master, walking on the waters to give a greater picture of himself as the Lord of the Universe to his disciples. He is much more than Moses. He is much more than a servant. He is Master, Builder and God himself! And the writer of Hebrews ends off by saying “And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”
Moses passed down the law to us and it pronounced us guilty, as we’ll see this next weekend in Mark 7:1-23 as evil deeds, murder, adultery and every other thing comes from the heart of a man. These things are not of the light but of our sin nature, our brokenness and our flesh. We tried to build on what Moses left us but we found the harder we tried the more we failed. We were unable to be faithful to God. Moses was faithful to what he was given but it was the son who knows the father who is of the father who can fully bring to light what Moses, the servant, testified about.
Jesus would not only show us the way, but provide us the way. Instead of leaving us to build the house by ourselves, the very bricks pulling away from the structure, he, by his sacrifice on the cross, laid the foundation on what we could build upon: his broken body and spilled blood. By fulfilling the law, something we could not do, he provided us a way to enter into the throne room of God, to be knit together into one family and built into one house. Christ has laid us down in his sacrifice so now no one sees a stranded brick, alone and useless but a house of many bricks put together by Christ.
Whereby Moses provided only law and no hope, Jesus provides us confidence and hope because of his last words on the cross: “It is finished!” We are his house and we have confidence in that when we consider Jesus, the builder of our house by providing his own body for our restoration and redemption. Therefore, we boast in this hope because nothing can be done to take away what Jesus has already provided for us! We boast because we don’t serve a servant but God himself because of what His Son Jesus has done for us. That is, to say, He took our place, freely gave up His life for us so we would not perish but have eternal life!
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