“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast” ( Hebrews 3:5-6 )
Moses was truly a faithful servant. He oversaw the administration of the Law and led the people of God through the desert for all those years. However Moses’ entire ministry was a testimony about Christ. Because everything the Law said, pointed to Jesus. The Law showed God’s righteousness, His standards and His holiness. But what it couldn’t do is make us right with God. Galatians tells us “For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law” ( Galatians 3:21b ).
In fact the Law did just the opposite; it accused us before God and showed our guilt because of sin. Paul went on to say, “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law” ( Galatians 3:22-25 ).
Moses gave, in amazing detail, what the Christ would be when he gave the Israelites the Law. Every aspect of the written code showed God’s righteousness and holiness. To fulfill it, you had to be perfect and sinless. It was an impossible standard for mankind which is why the true purpose was to point us to Christ. This is why Moses’ entire ministry was revealed afterward when Jesus came. He spoke faithfully about what was coming and yet he never lived to see the promise fulfilled. Hebrews gives us amazing insight into this, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” ( Hebrews 11:39-40 ). All of the men and women mentioned in Hebrews 11, because of their faith, saw and looked forward to the time of Christ, but we are truly blessed because we live after the time when Jesus entered into humanity.
Tomorrow we will look at Part 2: Christ is Faithful as a Son Over God’s House