The Builder of the House
“Every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God – Hebrews 3:4.
Hebrews 3:1 – Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus – The theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Jesus Christ. Jesus volunteered to lower Himself and took on humanity in order to become our High Priest. (Psalm 40:7 – Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me). (Hebrews 10:7 – Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me to do thy will, O God). Based on the inadequacy of animal sacrifice, a conclusion is drawn. The author presents Psalm 40 as a messianic psalm, for only Christ could have fulfilled the prophecy of the book. The Old Testament prophets had warned the Israelites that sacrifice alone would not please God. He desired obedience as well. Jesus’ sacrifice was better than the Old Testament sacrifice.
The author addresses the reader’s as “holy brethren”, and “partakers of the heavenly calling”, they were brothers, but brothers specially called by God to be set apart for Himself. Partakers is the same Greek word that is translated companions. “The heavenly calling” are these companions is to inherit salvation. Apostle means “One who is sent, the title indicates that Jesus was sent by God to reveal the Father. Jesus was sent from God to represent God before His people, but at the same time, He fulfilled His role of High Priest, representing His people before God in intercession.
Hebrews 3:2 – Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses who was faithful in all his house – Jesus was faithful to Him that appointed Him as Moses was faithful to his house. His house is taken from Numbers 12:7 (My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house). House is referring to the tabernacle, that center of Israelites worship. Moses had faithfully obeyed God’s instructions concerning the tabernacle. In the same way, Jesus had been obedient to the mission the Father had given Him. Through His obedience, God established a new house of God, the church.
Hebrews 3:3 – For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. Moses exhibited a certain amount of glory when his face shone (And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses hand, when he came down from the mount that Moses wist not the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him – Numbers 34:29). That glory Moses reflected was the glory of God, not his own. Moses was never more than a part of the house of God in which he faithfully served. Jesus was the One who built the house which places Him in a totally different category. First century Jews looked at Moses as the originator of their law and way of life. They forgot that it was God who created it and that Moses was only its administrator. Jesus position of authority was far above anything that Moses received. Moses was a faithful servant, but Jesus was the Owner and Builder of that house.
Hebrews 3:4 – For every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God – He who built all things is God, the implication is that the covenant established through Jesus’ death is more glorious than the covenant established at Mt. Sinai. God is the One who has built all things.
Hebrews 3:5 – And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after – While Moses was faithful was a servant, Christ’ faithfulness was greater because it was performed by a Son. “Things spoke afterward” indicates that Moses’ worked pointed forward to Christ. The regulations of the Law of Moses pointed out both the sin of humanity and the need for a perfect sacrifice to reconcile people to their Holy Creator. A trustworthy servant may be highly valued in a household, but the Son stands above all as the heir and eventually becomes the head which describes Christ in comparison to Moses in God’s household.
Hebrews 3:6 – But Christ as a Son over His own house; whose are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. The Son is the One who will sit on the throne in the coming kingdom. His house consists of all those who believe in Him. “We” means Christians believers who are part of the household the Son built and of which He is now Head. “If” clause indicates for both the Jews and modern-day Christians, which is labeled as spiritual Jews to hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. The Jews needed this warning because they were tempted to lay aside their confidence in Jesus and revert to an out worn system of observances. Today’s Christian must be warned as well that there is no other salvation other than the one that comes through Jesus. We must place our faith in Him and not our good works. Only through Him can we be reconciled to the Father. Only through Him will we be able to stand through the trials and tribulations that comes with Christianity and not retreat to the world’s system.
Matthew 7:24 – Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. Jesus ended the Sermon on the Mount by telling His listeners that they should hear His word and obey them. The person who is knowledgeable about Jesus’ teachings and obey is like a wise man who prudently built his house on a rock foundation. The house on the rock pictures a life founded on a proper relationship to Jesus. It will stand the test of trials and tribulations, and what life itself brings us, our confidence and hope will be in Jesus., and not what were going through.
Matthew 7:25 – And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded. The house builder was rewarded when the rain came down, the flood waters rose, and the howling winds beat against his house. The house endured for one reason, it had a foundation on a rock, that rock was Jesus. Life will bring disappointments, rejections, emotional distresses, but whatever life brings when we are rooted and grounded in Jesus and His teachings, we will be able to weather the storms of life. Wise men and women build their lives upon the firm foundation of Jesus’ teaching. That means knowing what Jesus taught by studying God’s word ourselves and by placing ourselves under the teaching of God’s word, then obey what we have heard and read (Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth – 2nd Timothy 2:15). We must ready and study the word of God to comply to it.
Matthew 7:26 – And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon sand. Foolish refers to one who is dull or stupid. The foolish builder wants a house in a hurry and cuts corners to get it. He ignores what is most essential, the foundation. The building looks good on the outside, but when the test and trials of life comes, the house can’t stand the pressure and it collapse.
Matthew 7:27 – And the rain descended, and the flood came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. Because the foundation wasn’t built on a foundation, the house crashes. It couldn’t stand the storms and the rain, and wind. Storms sometimes hit suddenly, from every direction and that’s what happens in the life of a believer, the rain, can consist of test and trial after test and trials and the wind indicates, the strength of the situation, circumstance or issue. If the person is not rooted in the word of God, they become suicidal, full of anger, depressed, spiritually unbalanced. One day their on the mountain, the next day their in the valley wondering what’s going to happen to them. Because their faith is in their abilities rather than having their faith in God and His word, knowing He makes the impossible, possible.
Matthew 7:28 – And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine. Those listening to Jesus were astonished at the authority with which He spoke. He was unlike their religious teachers, who relied on earlier teachers interpretations of Scriptures for their authority.
Matthew 7:29 – For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. “Not as the scribes” Scribes would often cite authorities order to lend credence to their statements. Jesus’ words were self-authenticating. As born-again believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, God spirit empowers ud to minister with authority, He empower us to witness with the evidence we have been born of the Spirit of God. Jesus is the Builder of the house, both God’s household and our lives. As recipients of the holy calling, let us hold fast to the word of God, believing and trusting in His Word as well as submission to His Word, spirit, soul and body.