October 18/Hebrews 3

In the first two chapters the writer of Hebrews makes the case that Jesus is greater than angels even though he had to be made a little lower than the angels so he could be human and die for us. Now some were saying that Jesus couldn’t be greater than Moses who gave us the law could he? Chapter three answers that question.

Verses 1-2 > Jesus was greater in person than Moses. Moses represented God to the Israelites. But Moses was a sinful man. Jesus represented God to all mankind and he is the sinless Son of God! Moses gave the law which led to the High Priest making sacrifices for the sins of the people. Jesus gave us grace and he is our High Priest who sacrificed his own sinless body for the sins of the whole world! Moses died. Jesus lives as our Great High Priest who makes the way for us to connect with Father God. We connect with God and have favor with God and are loved by God all because of what Jesus did! We did nothing and do nothing to earn God’s favor.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (NLT) — 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Verses 3-6 > Jesus has a greater ministry than Moses. House refers to the people of God. Moses ministered to Israel but Jesus ministers to his whole church worldwide! Moses was a servant in the House but Jesus is the Son over the House! Moses was a member of the household but Jesus built the House! Moses spoke about things to come but Jesus was the fulfillment of things to come. Moses spoke of a greater Prophet coming and Jesus is the Greater Prophet.

Hebrews 10:1 (NLT) — 1 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.

John 1:45 (NLT) — 45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

Confidence in Christ was what led to our salvation. Don’t fall back into a works righteousness. Don’t trust in anything in this life other than Jesus. Don’t just endure this life enjoy this life with Jesus!

Verses 7-11 > The people of Israel under Moses lost their confidence(faith) in God that he would really provide the Promised Land for them. Once the confidence was lost life became rather miserable in the wilderness. Moses and an entire generation died in their 38 year wilderness wandering. Jesus is alive and we place our confidence in Him for this abundant life. When we do we will not be wandering hopelessly and die helplessly.

John 10:10 (NLT) — 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Verses 12-16 > No matter how horrible life can be at times never ever lose you confidence in Jesus, never! Never look to your own seeming adequacy or the seeming adequacy of others but trust in the adequacy of Jesus.

John 14:1–3 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

Verses 17-19 > The sin that will keep you from enjoying this life in total peace is unbelief!

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) — 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    We are encouraged to live in faith today. God never wanted is to be stuck in the past or hold off belief until tomorrow. He will always faithfully provide for today.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says

    Twice the writer of Hebrews (vs 7,8 and 15) quotes Ps 95 : 7-8….”today when you hear his voice don’t harden your hearts….”. O Lord make my heart soft and give me grace to hear your voice and obey.