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)

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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 is 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 vastly superior to that of Moses, the great prophet and leader of Israel.

Moses was commended as a faithful servant in all God's house, and he faithfully built the Tabernacle of the Lord 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: "He is before all things, and in Him 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 point us to Jesus. Help me, like Moses, to be faithful in the work that You have prepared for me to do. May everything I do be a testimony of Your faithfulness. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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