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Meditation 5a: “When you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts”
Numbers 12:3-8 (RSV translation)
3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth. 4 And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting." And the three of them came out. 5 And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the door of the tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forward. 6 And he said, "Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant Moses; he is entrusted with all my house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in dark speech; and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Numbers 12:3-8)Hebrews 3:1-19 (RSV translation)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession. 2 He was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in God's house. 3 Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses as the builder of a house has more honor than the house. 4 (For every house is built by some one, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ was faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.Some questions for reflection
Meditation 5b: The Holy Spirit says, Today, when you hear his voice
commentary on Hebrews 3:1-19
The author to the Hebrews calls Jesus the apostle and high priest of our confession. This is the only New Testament reference to Jesus as an apostle. The word literally means one who is sent forth. Jesus is the supreme ambassador of God. He came from God and all God's grace, mercy, and love were with him as the supreme ambassador. Jesus is also called the great high priest. The word high priest in Latin means bridge-builder. The priest is the mediator between man and God. He must speak to men for God and speak to God for men. Jesus is the perfect high priest since he is perfectly man and perfectly God. He alone can bridge the gulf between man and God and make it possible for us to have personal access to God.
Jesus is superior to Moses, since Moses served in God's house as a faithful servant. Jesus served in God's house as the faithful Son. The Greek term for house (oikos) has a double meaning. It can refer to the dwelling and to the family or household. Jesus is both creator of God's universe and the chief cornerstone of God's house, the Church. He is also the Son through whom we become the adopted children of God and members of the household of God.
"Lord Jesus Christ, protect me from complacency and from hardness of heart that my love for you and your ways may grow and never be cold."
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