Jesus, Moses and You

Daily Devotion|Day 261

“And Moses indeed was faithful in all His [God’s] house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:5-6, NKJV).

The Letter to the Hebrews is noted for comparing and contrasting the Covenant of the Law (given through Moses) and the New Covenant (given through Christ). Today’s passage is no different. The theme is faithfulness. The author compares Moses and Christ. The Bible says Moses was a faithful servant over the house of God.

Here, God’s house refers to the body of God’s people set apart unto Him. When the time came for God to create the nation of Israel, He appointed Moses to lead the exodus from Egypt (see Exodus 3:1-22). Additionally, it was through Moses that the Lord ratified the Old Covenant (see Exodus 24:1-12). During these years, Moses was a servant over the house of God – i.e. the Church of God.

When we think of church we mostly think in terms of the New Testament, but the reality is, God had a Church long before the New Testament. In fact, Stephen describes the nation of Israel under Moses as “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38). Wherever God’s people are, there is the Church. This is the Church which the Bible calls the house of God. Moses was a faithful servant watching over God’s house. He was faithful to the end.

In the New Covenant, Christ appeared as the one in charge of God’s house. But He differs essentially from Moses. Unlike Moses, Christ is a Son over the house of God. Another difference is that in Moses’ case, the house of God did not belong to him. However, in Jesus’ case, He is the owner of the house over which He watches. The Bible says Jesus is a Son over His own house. That house refers, again, to the body of believers. Note that the Bible isn’t talking about two separate houses. God has only one people or houseAbraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Ruth, Rahab, David, Peter, Mary, Paul and Stephen, all belong to the one house of God. And the Bible says Jesus, like Moses, was (and is) faithful over the house of God.

Next, the Letter to the Hebrews turns the attention to us, members of Christ’s house. Just as Moses and Christ were faithful in the house of God, the same is expected from us. According to the Bible, we are Jesus’ house on one condition: if we hold the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Initial confidence in Christ is important, but it isn’t enough. We must hold fast and be faithful to the end. We and Moses and Christ are held to the same standard: faithfulness.

Blessing: May the Lord preserve you in His grace to the end. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study1 Corinthians 3:1-23 and Revelation 2:8-11 

Being Faithful Under Pressure

Daily Devotional: Day 185

“But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He [Jesus] be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested” (Luke 23:23-24, NKJV).

How you behave under pressure says a lot about your true self. When you face pressure, your principles and values are tested. When everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to make noise and about your values and beliefs. But who you truly are, and what you truly believe, become evident when you come under pressure. In 1 Peter 1:6-7, the Bible says that the genuineness of a Christian’s faith is known during difficult times.

In today’s Scripture reading, you notice that Pilate handed over Jesus to be crucified. By his [Pilate’s] own admission, Jesus was innocent. After examining Jesus and the accusations brought against Him, Pilate declared, “I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him” (Luke 23:14, emphasis added). As governor of the Roman province of Judea, Pilate occupied a position of trust. As the presiding judge over Jesus’ trial, he examined the facts and determined that Jesus had done nothing wrong. The next logical step – in accordance with the rules of justice – was to let Jesus walk. But Pilate hesitated. He presided over a horrible miscarriage of justice. That day, Pilate showed that being innocent was not enough for you to be set free; in addition to being innocent, you needed the crowd on your side. Jesus didn’t have the crowd; therefore, He stood no chance. So much for “I have found no fault in this Man.”

What happened to Pilate? The answer is in today’s reading. When the crowd noticed that Pilate was inclined to set Jesus free, they insisted and demanded that Jesus be crucified. Now notice what the Bible says next: “And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.” What prevailed that day was not the truth, but the voices of Jesus’s accusers. Pilate succumbed to pressure by giving orders for the Innocent Man to be crucified. His values, principles, beliefs and integrity – as a person and as a governor – were severely tested, and he was found wanting.

 Initially, Pilate declared his belief that Jesus was innocent. But when he came under pressure, Pilate’s true self and his true beliefs became evident: He had no integrity. He was a coward. He was a hypocrite and double-minded. He only believed in justice if it was expedient. With his mouth, he declares you innocent; but with his gavel, he sentences you to death. If he had not come under pressure, we probably wouldn’t know the real PilateThat is what pressure doesIt forces your true self and your true faith to surface. Like Pilate, we all come under pressure to stand for or abandon what we believe. Let’s pray for the strength to remain faithful under pressure.

May the Lord command His blessings upon you today. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: Luke 22:54-62