May 5, 2011

Thursday after the First Sunday after Easter


Lectionary

Morning – Ps. 28, Ex. 15:20, Heb 3
Evening – Ps. 29, 46, Is. 42:1-9, 1 Pet. 2:11-17

Commentary

The Old Testament is filled with the works of great prophets.  Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Samuel, were great men and great leaders, whose works have influenced the world for thousands of years.  Yet none of them can compare to the work and influence of Moses.  No other human being has left a stamp upon the mind and fabric of humanity that compares to that of Moses.  No philosopher, no religious leader, no political leader or empire has had the global historical influence of Moses.  Yet One has come among us who is far greater than Moses.  This One  is Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our faith (3:1).   He is superior to Moses as the builder is greater than the building (3:3).  He is the builder of all things (3:4), and He is the builder of the Church, which is His house (3:6).  Moses was a servant in His house (3:5), but Christ is the owner, the Son to whom the house belongs (3:6).  Thus, the book of Hebrews emphasizes again the Divine identity of Christ.  He is not just a prophet and not just a man.  He is the One who sent the prophets.  Moses was His servant.  He created the world and all the people, and He is the owner as well as the creator of all things.

Verses 7-19 remind us to give unto Christ the honour and obedience that is His due.  The verses remind us that those who disobeyed Moses suffered death in the wilderness.  They were brought out of Egypt by the power of God, yet they did not enter into the Promised Land.   Their unbelief sealed their fate forever, for they did not make it to the Heavenly Promised Land ay more than they made it to Canaan (38).  Verse 14 is an important verse, for it tells us only those who continue in Christ to the end will be partakers of His eternal Kingdom in Heaven.  This is a conclusion based on the illustration of those who died in the wilderness.  They did not continue in faith in God, therefore, they did not enter Canaan.  Those who appear to begin to follow Christ, but do not continue in Him to the end, will not make it to Heaven.  Therefore, “Harden not your heart as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, and saw my works forty years” (3:8&9).  But exhort one another, and yourself, “lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (3:13).  Make no mistake, sin is deceitful, and can convince you that you are in Christ even when you are far away from Him.  Please abide in Him, steadfast to the end (3:14).

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