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Greater Than Moses

December 4, 2013

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[This is part two of a deeper study of the article 6 Ways Christ was Better than the Law. To get better context and a link to the other parts, you can click there and read it first.]

The Jews held up Moses as the one who brought the Law down from God, so it makes sense that the Hebrews writer would point to him. Moses and Jesus compare and contrast so well, that those who knew the Old Law would have a better understanding of just who Jesus was with a little study of those Scriptures.

Moses and Jesus Compared

  • Both were Israelites, there was a prophesy of the Messiah coming from the countrymen. (Deuteronomy 18:15)
  • Both were rejected (Exodus 2:14)
  • Both left better circumstances to serve: Moses from Pharaoh’s palace and Jesus from heaven
  • Both performed signs and wonders (Their first: water to blood/water to wine)

Moses and Jesus Contrasted

  • Moses a servant, Christ the Son
  • Moses was sinful, Christ is sinless (Deuteronomy 32:51,52; Hebrews 4:15)
  • Moses delivered from physical bondage, Christ from the spiritual bondage of sin
  • Moses’ mission pertained only to Israel, Christ’s, ultimately, to the “whole creation” (Mark 16:15)

Hebrews 3:1-6 appeals to the Jew’s heritage and reasoning to prove that Christ was the one appointed from God and was faithful to God’s house, just like Moses. Since Christ was the Son of God, his faithfulness is better and Christians are a part of God’s house as long as they persevere. (Hebrews 3:6)

Part 3: The Greatest High Priest

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