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The Writer of Hebrews stops for a warning.  The Writer of Hebrews proceeds predictably through his epistle (a personal letter meant for public exposure).  He gives a body of teaching or doctrine, then stops to make sure his readers understand and respond rightly.  The last time the writer did this was at the beginning of Chapter Two (2:1 – 4).  After an entire chapter (Chapter One) of proving from Scripture that the Messiah of God is higher than any angel, he stopped to make sure his listeners were paying “much closer attention” to the Messiah’s Ministry (the Gospel, 2:3) as opposed to the angels (the Law, 2:2).  Similarly, at the beginning of Chapter Three (3:1 – 4), he stops to make sure his readers ‘consider’ (3:1) or ‘pay close attention to’ Jesus, the Messiah, and His worthiness relative to Moses.

The readers were considering going back to Moses.  The writer of Hebrews is contending with those who not only had the false angelology that the God would subject the Kingdom to Come to the Archangel Michael over Christ (1:5, 13; 2:5), but he was contending with those who were tired of persecution at the hands of their fellow Jews and were leaving the Gospel to go back to the Law.  They were leaving Christ to go back to Moses (10:32 – 38).  The writer confronts this foolishness head-on.  Although Moses was a man who did great things for God, it was the Christ Who empowered Him to do these things, like write the first five books of the Bible, bring the nation out of Egypt, bring Israel through the wilderness, and establish the nation with excellent governmental institutions.  Moses may have written Scripture, but the words were from the Living Word (John 1:1); Moses may have led the nation out of Egypt, but it was the Angel of the LORD Who commissioned, protected and empowered Him the entire way (Exodus 3:2; 14:19; 23:20); Moses died on the verge of the Promised Land – it was the Captain of the LORD’s Salvation Who ultimately brought the nation in under Joshua and wiped out the Canaanites (Joshua 5:14 – 15).

The brethren needed to repent.  Many of his readers were saved, so the writer addresses them from the outset as “holy brethren” and “partakers of a heavenly calling” (3:1).  It will become obvious later that some of his readers are not saved (6:9).  However, these ‘holy brethren’ needed to repent.  However much in high esteem the nation may have held Moses, he was just a man.  Christ is in a completely different category as God.  Comparing Christ to Moses would be like comparing God to an ant, a human to a block of wood, or as the writer puts it, ‘the Builder of the House to the house’ (3:3).  Since Jesus is God and God has created all things, there is no person or created thing, angel, human, animal or object, that can surpass the glory and honor of Christ (3:4).  Christ is the Highest possible.  He is the merciful and faithful High Priest Who brings people fully and finally to God (2:18).   Anyone looking for mercy, faithfulness, grace or benefit anywhere else is blind to the glory of Christ and making a big, big mistake.

Jesus is a unique High Priest:  Merciful, Faithful and able to remove wrath!