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 

Crossing the Finish Line

Daily Devotional: Day 187

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid for me the crown of righteousness . . .” (2 Timothy 4:7-8, NKJV).

In competitive track events, an athlete’s performance (position) is based on whether he finished the race or not. Those who cross the finish line have their position determined according to the time made. Those who do not finish the race have the following acronym attached to their name: DNF = Did Not Finish. And then there are those who get disqualified from the race. Their acronym is, DQ = Disqualified. Some athletes do not finish their race due to injury or fatigue.

 The Christian life is like a race or a fight. The one difference is, unlike competitive sports, you’re not competing against your fellow believers. You’re simply competing to finish the work marked out for you, keeping to your own lane, fighting your own fight – alongside other believers. The point is, we are in the same fight, the same race, and the same faith, but the details differ from believer to believer – based on everyone’s talent and ability. Whether you finish ahead of others or not isn’t the issue. What matters is that you fight the good fight, you finish your race and you keep the faith, to the end. When you do this, you can be sure, like Paul, that a crown of righteousness awaits you in heaven.

At the time Paul was writing his Second Letter to Timothy, he knew that he [Paul] had a short time to live. That’s when he stated that he had fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. This means you, too, can know where you stand even before you die. Some start with Christ, but they don’t finish. Others get disqualified. We know Christians who started off well, but fell away later.

The Christian life is like an endurance sport (cf. Hebrews 10:36). Starting with Christ is not enough; the key is to endure to the end (cf. Rev 2:10).  Today, be determined to finish your Christian race, to keep the faith and to fight the good fight to the end. God does not reward starters; He rewards finishers. Jesus finished His work (cf. John 17:4). Paul, likewise, finished his work (cf. 2 Timothy 4:7). You, too, finish your work. Don’t rely on past faithfulness. Press forward to the finish line. Avoid falling into the Did Not Finish or Disqualified category. Finish strong.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you from all harm. And, have a blessed day! Amen.

For further study: Hebrews 12:1-13