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.
Hebrew’s main message is Jesus’ supremacy. It declares His supremacy over the Old Testament prophets, the created angels, the chosen High Priest, and states that He is God’s supreme and final message to the world. The author also highlights His supremacy over Moses.
The analogy between Jesus and Moses is quite telling: “As much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” While Moses is one of the foremost prophets in the Old Testament, he is compared to a house, built by Jesus. While a building can obviously display beauty and excellence, it only stands in relation to the architect and builder. A house reflects its maker.
This truth is not only limited to Hebrews. Peter wrote: “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). Paul wrote something similar: “In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Eph. 2:22). Whether we consider Moses as an individual or all believers of all ages, Jesus is the builder, ultimately joining all believers together as “a holy temple in the Lord” (Eph. 2:21).
Jesus used a similar analogy: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Do we really believe that? Do we deeply know that all our righteousness flows from the Vine? That apart from Him we “can do nothing”? If that’s the case, and it is, does He then not deserve “much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself”?
The author of Hebrews closed with a benediction that amplifies this truth: “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Heb. 13:20-21). Everything that is pleasing to God in our lives is “through Jesus Christ.” Therefore, “to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
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