Two Good Examples
Read Hebrews 3:1-11
Fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house. Hebrews 3:1-2
Jesus Christ is not only the Apostle; He is also the High Priest. Moses was a prophet who on occasion served as a high priest. That title belonged to his brother Aaron. In fact, Jesus Christ has the title "great high priest" (4:14).
As the Apostle, Jesus Christ represented God to people, and as the High Priest, He now represents people to God in heaven. Moses, of course, fulfilled similar ministries; for he taught Israel God's truth, and he prayed for Israel when he met God on the mount (Ex. 32:30-32). Moses was primarily the prophet of the law, while Jesus Christ is the messenger of God's grace (John 1:17). Moses helped prepare the way for the coming of the Savior to earth.
However, the writer of Hebrews notes that Moses and Jesus Christ were both faithful in the work God gave them to do. Moses was not sinless, as was Jesus Christ, but he was faithful and obeyed God's will (Num. 12:7). This would be an encouragement to those first-century Jewish believers to remain faithful to Christ, even in the midst of the tough trials they were experiencing. Instead of going back to Moses, they should imitate Moses and be faithful in their calling.
Applying God's Truth:
1. How does Jesus serve as an apostle ("one sent with a commission")? How does He serve as your High Priest?
2. How might your spiritual life improve if you were to imitate the faithfulness of Moses? How might you better imitate Christ?
3. Specifically, what are some things you can do to "fix your thoughts on Jesus"?
Devotions for Confidence and Integrity ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.