2017-04-20 / Worship

Believe in the everlasting glory

(Hebrews 3: 1-9)

In the Old Testament, God’s first chosen people were the Israelites, the descendants of Jacob. They went down into Egypt as the family of Jacob that numbered seventy people. They lived in Egypt for 430 years. When they left Egypt there were 600,000 men plus women and children and servants; an estimated group of over one million.

They left Egypt going to God’s promised land to the children of Israel. It took forty years for them to arrive because of sin in their lives. They lived as a nation of people who worshipped Jehovah God, and lived by ten commandments given to them in the beginning by God, under the leadership of Moses. They were known as the Children of God by the Laws of God, the ten commandments.

They went forth for more than 800 years. Then God made a great change in mankind’s life according to the New Testament. God gave to us a Saviour named Jesus. “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto the city of Galilee, named Nazareth to a virgin, expoused to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary…and the angel came unto her and said, “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women…thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Highest.” (Luke 1: 26-32)

In Hebrews 3:1 Paul says, “Holy brethren…consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus…who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.” (verses 1,2)

Paul says, “This man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses.” (verse 3a) Paul also says, “Every house is built by some man, but he that built all things is God.” (verse 4)

Paul says, “Moses was faithful in all his house as a servant. But Jesus Christ, as a son over his own house. Let us hold on to Jesus with confidence, firm to the end.” (verse 6)

Then Paul adds these most important words, “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith) today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the temptation in the wilderness when Israel was tempted and had to spend forty years in the wilderness.” (verses 7-9) We as believers in Jesus must hold onto Jesus until the end of our lives. Then we will see the glory of Jesus in Heaven by the keeping of the power of the Holy Spirit of God, who dwells in our hearts. Jesus deserves the fullness of God, because He built the Church of God on Earth, through His death and resurrection from the dead. Moses was faithful as a servant of God in the Old Testament. But Jesus, God’s Son, established the House of God on Earth through all of us who believe in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

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