Today’s Thought “Jesus Greater than Moses” (May 31)

Jesus Is Greater than Moses

Today we look at three letters of the apostle Paul to the Hebrews. The man who first  prosecuted the followers of Jesus but was called by Jesus now understands that those followers of Jeshua (Jesus Christ) have to be holy brothers and sisters, who were called by God.

People who want to follow the sent one from God should think about Jesus, who was sent to us and is the high priest of our faith. (Hebrews 3:1) The apostle tells his brethren that Jesus was faithful to God as Moses was in God’s family and lets them know that Jesus has more honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honour than the house itself. (Hebrews 3:2-3)

As partners or partakers in a heavenly calling we should look at Jesus as the son of man and sent one of God who was placed higher than Moses. Jesus is the commissioned messenger who got authority from God and received the place of high priest ·of our faith, being the High Priest for God.

In Scriptures several men of God are presented to us. Moses is one of them who helped the People of God to go to the promised land and to stay on the right track. Jesus goes a step further than Moses. He opens the way to the goy. The Israelites had their chance, but in a way often sidetracked and tested God more than once. With Jesus in the picture, now there is also place for the gentiles to come to God and to be a partaker of the family of lovers of God.

Moses was faithful in God’s family as a servant, and he told what God would say in the future. the people at the time of Moses could have it from the first source. They also heard the Voice of God, thundering through the clouds. From the first hand they got to learn what God wanted from them and how they should keep to God His Will by keeping His commandments. At the time of Jesus it was necessary to discuss certain matters tackled in that Mosaic Law. Perhaps Moses did not so much explain what God meant with His commandments. Moses did not go so much deeper into the meaning of God’s Words. Christ did not let an opportunity go to talk about the words of Moses and the words ascribed to the Most High Elohim. Pharisees and learned scholars discussed the way Jesus interpreted the Scriptures.

For many Jews Jesus was not allowed to be set-apart or holy rabbi. Even today there are many Jews who find Jeshua (Jesus) has no right to discuss the meaning of the words of Scriptures.

The Jewish ruler Nicodemus thought that the title of ‘teacher’ or ‘rabbi’ was appropriate for Jesus:

“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him” (John 3:2).

Historically we also know that there have been many great rabbis among the Jews who came to faith in Jesus. Not many people heard about them since the Jewish community casts them out and slanders them as soon as it comes to light that they believe in Jesus. When these rabbis were a part of the Jewish community, they were considered righteous and well-respected, but as soon as their faith in Jesus the Messiah became known, they were despised and considered traitors; sinners, fools and gentiles.

Jesus was not at all against the teachings in Scriptures, but had problems with “Oral Torah”. So many men had discussed the Five books of Moses and brought in several human theories and even human dogma’s.

Pirkei Avot = Chapters or Sayings of the Fathers = compilation of the ethical teachings and maxims passed down to the Rabbis, beginning with Moses and onwards.

At the very heart of rabbinic Judaism, this notion of an Oral Torah recognizes that the first five books of the Bible are cryptic documents. It posits that these scriptures were revealed to Moses along with a key to unlock the code. That key is oral tradition, passed from Moses to the prophets to the rabbis, later to be written down in what are now called the Mishnah and Talmud. Anyway that’s the theory presented in the first chapter of the Mishnah’s tractate Pirke Avot.  {Rabbi Jesus? Not Really}

The followers of Jesus should know that Jesus very well knew the Scriptures and was so close to his heavenly Father, Whose Will he wanted to do, that he gave priority to God His Will and wanted also of people to follow God His ordinances instead of human teachings.

As a man of God, Christ being faithful as a Son over God’s house, he kept to God His Word and want us also to follow God His Word.

We should be careful to what we want to give most attention. Moses and Jesus warned mankind to listen to what God says and not to be stubborn as in the past when the people of God turned against the Most High God, when they tested God in the desert. (Hebrews 3:8)

We have seen the rebellion of man against God, but also against Moses and Jesus. It even became so serious that the adversaries of Jesus got it that Jesus was impaled. By killing Jesus they did not end his thoughts to be spread. Jesus continued to live in the hearts of many. We too should carry him and respect him for what he has done, putting his own will aside always doing the Will of his heavenly Father the One and Only One True God.

More than Moses and any other prophet Jesus managed always to stay inline with God and to be without any fault, something nobody else succeeded in doing so. In him we should take an example.

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Today’s Thought “Trained by constant practice” (May 31)

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