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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house.But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.

We saw in chapter 2 that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers. Once again, the author wants the readers to consider carefully this Jesus. The author is giving Jesus the title of High Priest. A high priest is the only person in Israel who could enter the Holy of Holies and offer sacrifices for sins on the day of atonement(once a year). Aaron was the first high priest and Moses the great leader of Israel. A high priest was the religious leader in Israel. But in Moses time, it was him who was above everyone, including Aaron. Moses is the pride of the Jewish nation. Up till today the Jews are proud to have Moses as ancestors. The author wants to emphasise to these Hebrews that this Jesus is far greater than Moses. Moses was a servant of Jesus. Moses had the privilege to talk with God and see God(as He passed by) on mount Sinai. No man ever had this privilege to see God. But Jesus is this God. Think carefully about this Jesus. Let’s see one facet of His glory.

Moses’ face was shining when he went to speak with the Lord and had to put back a veil when he spoke to the Israelites.

But Jesus’ face shines brighter. It shines because He is God and not because He saw God.

There in front of them his appearance was changed. His face shone like the sun. His clothes became as white as the light. Just then Moses and Elijah appeared in front of them. Moses and Elijah were talking with Jesus.Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud surrounded them. A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him! When the disciples heard this, they were terrified. They fell with their faces to the ground.” Mat 17:1-5

In the verse above Jesus’ face shone like the sun for some time. But in the book of Revelation His face shines eternally. He is the source of light. Who can compare to the glory He has in Revelation? Are not we going to fall to our knees like John did when he saw “the hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a blazing fire. His feet were like bronze metal glowing in a furnace. His voice sounded like rushing waters.”

To summarise it, Paul said something very pertinent to our discussion to the Corinthians. The glory of the new covenant cannot be compared to the old one because those who inaugurated them cannot be compared. Moses is a servant, Jesus is God.

The glory of the old covenant is nothing compared with the far greater glory of the new. The glory of the old is fading away. How much greater is the glory of the new! It will last forever. Since we have that kind of hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses. He used to cover his face with a veil. That was to keep the people of Israel from looking at his face while the brightness was fading away. But their minds were made stubborn. To this very day, the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. The veil has not been removed. Only faith in Christ can take it away. To this very day, when the Law of Moses is read, a veil covers the minds of those who hear it.But when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is also there. Our faces are not covered with a veil. We all display the Lord’s glory. We are being changed to become more like him so that we have more and more glory. And the glory comes from the Lord, who is the Holy Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:10-18

May I add these beautiful songs:

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.



Posted April 8, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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