Whenever I'm reading the Bible, I always like to have context into what I'm reading. The most important context to understanding the book of Hebrews is the audience that it was written for. As the name suggests, Paul wrote this for the Jews of the time. Most of the letters we read from Paul were written to Gentiles so Hebrews is really good in gaining new perspective especially in bringing light to the continuity of the Old and New Testaments. We see Moses brought up here because he was a very important figure to the Jews. Obviously Moses is a great leader that God used to take the Israelites from slavery into the Promised Land.
the highest honor
By saying Jesus is worthy of greater honor than Moses is not just some passive comparison. Moses was given the highest honor a human could really have as far as the Jewish faith was concerned. Paul then clarifies what he is saying by declaring who Jesus is through metaphor. Paul tells us the Jesus is the "builder of the house." Jesus is not a product of a creator. Jesus is the creator. Jesus is God. Thus, Jesus deserves the highest honor.
Then, Paul writes that "God is the builder of everything." We have already seen that God being a builder means that we must give God the highest honor, but what else does that mean? What does that mean in our daily lives? I believe that we have a choice each day to try and build something for ourselves or look to God to build things in our lives. This isn't so that we look better. Not so that we have a better looking resume. Not so that we get positions of authority. We let God do the building because then things that are worthwhile and eternal are built. We sacrifice what is temporary in exchange for the eternal.
Reflect on who is running your life. Is it culture? Is it yourself? Is it God?
Ask God to show you what it looks like to give your life over to Him.
- Daniel Bailey