How would you respond if someone insulted your spouse, your child, or your parents? Chances are good you’d take the insult personally and find it hard to be calm or pleasant in your response.
You can imagine then how the Jewish Christians felt about this next section of Hebrews. Having already established Jesus as a better messenger than angels in chapter 1 and as a deliverer of a better message in chapter 2, the Hebrew writer now turns his attention to one of the titans of the Hebrew faith, a man who to many Jews is a father-figure, Moses.
“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…Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant…but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.”
(Hebrews 3:3, 5, 6)
The author gives credit where credit is due. Moses is said to have been “faithful” to God and a “servant” worthy of glory (3:2, 5). These accomplishments, however great as they may be, ultimately pale in comparison to Jesus the Son (3:3-6).
Moses testified about things to come later, Jesus was that which was testified about. Moses was a faithful servant employed by the Father to take care of things in the house, Jesus is a faithful Son who inherits the house and the servants from the Father to oversee them.
As this section (3:1-6) ends the Holy Spirit encourages the readers with these words:
“And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”
We too can be pleasing servants and children of God, but only if we hold on to and have confidence in the hope addressed earlier in chapter 2:1-4. The best message of God, the gospel.