"A Prophet Like Me"
In Deuteronomy 18, Moses said that God would raise up a prophet like him from among them. Jesus was that prophet, but the Hebrew writer takes it one step further, Jesus is greater than Moses.
A Prophet Like Me
A. There are few people in the Bible that had as long and as personal of a relationship with God as Moses. God saved Moses from death at this birth, allowed Pharaoh’s daughter to raise him and educated him, allowed his Hebrew parents to be spiritual guides and foundation for his life. God walked with Moses even when Moses was unaware of God.
B. God introduced himself to Moses in a spectacular way through a burning bush and commission him to be the spiritual leaders for Hebrew nation, to lead the chosen people out from the bondage of Egypt and to the Promised Land.
C. As the journey began, God called Moses up to Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments and the instruction of the Law. A law which would be commonly called “The Law of Moses” even though it was God’s law.
D. For forty years Moses led the people, taught the people and gave them spiritual foundation they needed as they would enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, but it Moses would not cross that Jordan with them.
E. Before his death, Moses shared with the Israelis a promise from God, something that they could hold on to and look forward to. Listen to Deut. 18:15-19. Wow. A prophet like Moses, one that God’s word would come from his mouth. A chosen one whom God would use to teach the people and those who would not listen to this prophet would be cut off from being God’s people. That would be an awesome person.
F. Who is this prophet like Moses? Peter and John healed a man who was lame. This man was walking and leaping and praising God and the people were astonished. But Peter tells the story and the power that allowed the miracle to take place. He tells them how Jesus was glorified by God and how they were guilty of killing him. Then he adds these words (READ Acts 3:17-26)
G. Jesus is the prophet like Moses, to whom we are called to hear and obey as God spoke through him.
I. Consider Jesus
A. Our text opens with these words (Heb. 3:1a). We are challenged by the writer of Hebrews to “consider Jesus.” The NIV says “fix your thoughts of Jesus.” That’s a challenge.
B. The writer wanted us to know Jesus was superior to angels and all spiritual beings, and now he makes it clear that Jesus is great than all human being. The calling is look close at Jesus and see what it is that makes him greater than what many Jews would have called the greatest man of the OT.
C. What are some of the qualities of Jesus that make him superior to the great lawgiver Moses? (Heb. 3:1b-2) Like Moses, Jesus was God’s emissary, conveying God’s truth to the people. Like Moses, Jesus intercedes for the people fulling an even greater role as our spiritual high priest. The writer defines Jesus as an apostle and high priest. Since we will deal with Jesus as our High Priest later, and we touched on that role last week, the other attribute is that of being an apostle. Now that is a term most of us don’t associate with Jesus, except that Jesus had 12 apostles.
D. The word we translate “apostle” simply means “one sent with authority.” Jesus came from Heaven to earth to be the message of God in human form. John simply beings his gospel by calling Jesus “the Word.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Unlike Moses, Jesus is more than just an apostle or even a high priest. He is the Son of God.
II. Servant or Son
A. Our text continues on (Heb. 3:3-4). I have always been impressed with great architecture. I love to tour old buildings, especially old church buildings. But the truth is, those buildings didn’t just spring up from nowhere. Someone designed and built them. The truth is the builder of the house is greater than the house. Now Moses is not the house of God, but was a great leader the represented the spiritual house. Jesus on the other hand is God. Jesus is the builder of the spiritual house, and therefore is greater than Moses.
B. Let me just say that no man owns a church. There are many of us preachers that have egos beyond reason. Some churches are built upon the charisma of the preacher, but if the preacher fails morally or if he decides to leave, many of those church falter. Jesus is greater than any preacher – Moses included.
C The second reason Jesus is greater is that Moses was a willing servant, and Jesus is the divine Son. (Heb. 3:5-6a) Did you catch that Moses faithful IN God’s house and Jesus is faithful OVER God’s house? Never forget the power of Jesus. The one sent by God is overall.
III. The House and Us
A. The last part of verse 6 makes a statement directly to us as readers of the book of Hebrews. (READ vs 6b). We are God house IF we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Jesus stands before us with all the power of the Godhead. We are God’s house. You and I are the people of God. What we are called to do is to keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Jesus.
B. Confidence or courage is that we as believers can approach God in this spiritual house. We have the confidence to enter into the throne room of God Almighty. We do that through prayer and worship. So take courage and hold on to your hope as a Christian. I don’t mean than in the sense of fearful to let go, but the pride that comes from our hope. We are God’s children. Is there anything greater than being a Christian? I am loved and chosen, claimed and cuddled by the Creator of this world. I can brag about my God.
A. Today I hope you leave here with greater courage and confidence in your calling as a Christian. Your walk with God is the best gift this life has to offer. This church family wants to support and encourage you to be bold in your faith. If we can lift you up spiritually today, please come forward as we stand and sing.