Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
‘Why does the writer compare Jesus with Moses? The reason is that these Hebrews to whom he was writing were about to turn away from Christ. Because they had originally been Jews, they were now about to turn back to their old Jewish religion. Therefore, the writer reminds them that Jesus is far greater than their old leader Moses. The writer is, in effect, asking these Hebrews: What advantage is there in turning from what is greater to what is lesser?’ Tom Hale: ‘The Applied New Testament Commentary,’ p.852.
Jesus is greater than Moses.
Here is one of the reasons why we can say this: Moses’ place was ‘in‘ God’s house; Jesus is ‘over’ the house. Moses was a ‘servant’; Jesus is God’s ‘Son.’ Moses was a part of the house (as are all true believers), but God is the great house-builder. (Note that the repeated reference to the ‘house’ here is about the people of God and not a physical structure).
There is a clear inference of the divinity of Jesus in verses 3,4. If God is the builder of all things, and Jesus builds God’s house, then surely He must be God.
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