April 28    
  
Today's Bible Readings
     Numbers 5
     Psalm 39
     Song of Solomon 3
     Hebrews 3
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house." (Hebrews 3:3)
 
BETTER THAN MOSES
            No one could be more revered by Israel than Moses. He was revered by Israel as a faithful man, but the Maker of Moses was indeed more worthy of glory. Moses certainly derived glory in God's house and God did not hesitate to give it to  him. The fact that Moses is mentioned by name over 700 times in the Bible, and his name appears in every section of the Bible, is proof of that.
            Moses was extremely important to the Jewish people, more so than most people would ever imagine. In fact, in Jude's little one chapter epistle, we are told that the devil and Micah fought over the body of Moses. You remember that Moses' body was buried by God Himself. To this day' no one knows where his body was buried. Why do you suppose that God would hide the body of Moses, and the devil and Micah would fight over it? It was because the Jewish people would have used what they learned in Egypt to preserve the body of Moses and worship it. He was that important to them, but now they are being told that a greater than Moses has come. They are to focus all of their attention, reverence, worship, and allegiance to Jesus.
            Moses was truly one of the corner stones in God's plans for this world .It would be ludicrous to magnify a stone, however attractive and important it might be, above the building's Designer. Moses was not without his majesty, but he was still a servant and feared Christ.
            The word used for servant to describe Moses is not the word in the New Testament that depicts a slave, but one that denotes a position of high honor and trust. Moses was worthy of that trust. He found the house of Israel in ruins and left it rebuilt and in good order.
            He was not only a man of great trust, but of great talents and he was faithful in meeting the test that God gave to him. Moses was merely a type of the Lord Jesus, or a testimony of those things that were to come; nevertheless, he was a servant and inferior to Christ.
            Jesus was superior in His Person to Moses. Jesus once asked his disciples, ''whom do men say that I the Son of man am?'' They responded with names like Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Thus, the Jews themselves likened Jesus to the greatest men in the nation's history, but this would not do. He was as far above the noblest of Israel as the infinite is above the finite. When Jesus said, ''but whom say ye that I am?'' Peter answered, ''Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:13-16)
            Later Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elijah, two of the most illustrious heroes of Israel. Peter suggested    they build three tabernacles. It was instantly rebuked by God.  Not for a moment would God have these two servants put on a level of even seeming equal with Christ. Jesus is superior in His person to Moses.
            Jesus is also superior in His people. Moses' ministry was to the Hebrew people; to the house of Israel. Christ's ministry is to us, the ''Holy Brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling." In verse 6, the writer presses this point home - ''Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence in rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." ''Hope'' relates to the future tense of salvation.   ''Hope'' combines both expectation and desire.  The writer emphasizes confidence ''in rejoicing.''
             Jesus is superior in His power. We, who are the blood bought bride, are superior to the people of Moses. Hallelujah, what a Savior - better than the angels and better than Moses.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            New Caledonia is an island in the Pacific with about 225,000 souls. Though 83% of the people consider themselves Christians, many of the Protestant churches are influenced by liberation theology, resulting in some great problems. A great need on this island is for a genuine Holy Spirit led revival. Pray for that on the island of New Caledonia.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''The baptism of the Heaven-descended Dove, my heart the altar, and thy love the flame."
George Croly