Flawed and Honored Vessels

Psalm 107:1–16; Exodus 15:22–27; Hebrews 3:1–6 (read online ⧉)

Water is essential to survival. Not having water was a sentence. What made the waters of Marah too bitter to drink can only be guessed. It would have been horrible to be thirsty (3 days in the desert) and find the saving source of water undrinkable.

They had just experienced doing a miracle by saving them from the Egyptians. Yet, here they were, 3 days later, complaining. There is a reasonable question, “what shall we drink?” However, it seems that it didn’t start there. It started with complaining.Much of Moses’ journey with the Israelites seemed to involve the Israelites complaining. They complained ast . They complained ast Aaron. They complained ast Moses. As their cultural history developed, Moses (rightfully) was granted a poion of significance. The developed a ty for ’s rescuing prophet. The first generation complained. The succeeding generations honored.

By the time of Jesus, Moses was just below in some ways. Not that they worshipped Moses, but that he was used as the measuring rod of the ful servant of . In Luke 16:29, we read, “they have Moses and the prophets….” Moses is raised above the other prophets, even above King David, a man after ’s own t. The writer of Hebrews resets things, by raising up Jesus as the Son of , not “just” a servant (as Moses was).

The writer of Hebrews was incorporating Jewish understanding of and (including Moses’ role) into a fuller understanding of who Jesus Christ should be to ful Jews.As did regarding we being the dwelling of , the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus Christ is building us into his house. The author of Hebrews equates us, amazingly, to Moses. Both (all) were houses built by .

1) Have you ever compared yourself to another, and said, “I could never be like that?”

2) Have you ever d someone praise another a lot and think, “how can I measure up to this?”

3) What are your thoughts on being a house made by , and being made just as you are, flaws and all?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.