What Does Hebrews 3:5 Mean?

Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;

Hebrews 3:5(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Faithfulness is a quality to which we are all called – faithfulness in our earthly duties and faithfulness to our heavenly Father. Moses is lifted up, in the book of Hebrews, as a prime example of faithfulness, for we read: Now Moses was faithful in all his house as a servant – and the Lord used Moses.. as a testimony of those things which were to be spoken of later.

Just as the Law was a schoolmaster, which steadfastly points us to Christ, and His new and better covenant, so Moses was a faithful servant, whom God used as a trusted sign-post, to point us to the coming Messiah – for he testified of those things which were to be spoken about later – the revelation that was to come, through Jesus Christ – the Son of God and Son of Man.

Moses bore witness of the good news of man’s redemption – which would come through a greater Prophet than he, a greater Priest than Aaron and a greater king than David. The inferior, Aaronic priesthood, and the glory that Moses received, stands in stark contrast with Christ’s superior priesthood, after the royal order of Melchizedek – for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, is acknowledged to be so much superior than that of Moses, the great prophet and leader of Israel.

Moses was commended as a faithful servant in all God’s house – the Tabernacle of the Lord, which he built after the heavenly pattern, but the One that was to come was the Son, of the most High God – Who was Himself the Builder of the eternal House, of which Moses was caretaker.

The earthly tabernacle was simply a shadow of the heavenly Temple and universal kingdom to come, which Christ Himself would build. Moses was a faithful servant who was obedient to his earthly calling to Israel, while the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son, through Whom all things were created and by Whom all things hold together.

The work that was carried out by Moses, the servant of God, was simply a dim representation of Christ, the eternal Creator, Who is seated in heavenly places and Who is functioning as SON over God’s whole House.

In every respect, the status and position of Christ is far superior to Moses – who simply testified of the Saviour Who was to come. While Moses took care of God’s physical ‘house’ in the wilderness, the Lord Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all. He is the One Who will BUILD His House – and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

May we, who are members of Christ’s Body be faithful in our earthly duties and devoted to our heavenly Father – for Christ’s sake. May the lives we live be a testimony of the riches of God’s grace towards us, and may we reflect the beauty of Jesus in the words that we say and the things that we do.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the witness of Moses and all the prophets, who all point us to Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Who not only created the world by the might of His power, but Who loved us so much that He offered His life as the ransom price for our redemption. Help me to be faithful in the work that You have prepared for me to do – for Your greater praise and glory and may others see Jesus in me – this I ask in His dear names sake, AMEN.

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