What does this verse really mean? In his notes on Hebrews 4:9, Albert Barnes says sabbatismos means “Sabbatism” or “keeping of a Sabbath,” as it is rendered in the margin of the King James Version of the Bible. The verb oP. According to this letter, Jesus Christ is superior to all other prophets and all other claims to truth. He had demonstrated this in Hebrews 1:1-14; and he argues as if this were so, without now stopping to prove it, or even to affirm it expressly. i. The current numeral system is also known as the Hebrew alphabetic numerals to contrast with earlier systems of writing numerals used in classical antiquity. 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. He was called to lead God's people out from slavery in Egypt and to be their mouthpiece, as he built up the house of Israel.. into the great nation, that entered and conquered the promised land of Canaan - as directed by God. Moses may have been the servant chosen to build the literal house of Israel, but the spiritual house of God, of which all believers are living stones.. is being built up by Christ Himself, day by day. The rest promised to the Hebrews was a type of that promised to Christians, Hebrews 4:3-10. —Rather, by some one: the thought of the house leads at once to the thought of the builder of it. Our first goal is to understand the meaning of Hebrews 6:4-6. Hebrews 1:3-4 New International Version (NIV) 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. The verb includes not only erection, but furnishing with the entire equipment. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. This new word has been interpreted in many different ways, of which we will deal with only two. The system of Hebrew numerals is a quasi-decimal alphabetic numeral system using the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.The system was adapted from that of the Greek numerals in the late 2nd century BCE.. He, in his divine character, was the Author of both the Jewish and the Christian dispensations, and he must, therefore, have a rank far superior to that of Moses - which was the point which the apostle designed to illustrate. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. As the Lord Jesus, therefore, is divine, he must be over the Jewish dispensation as well as the Christian - or he must, as God, have been at the head of that - or over his own family or household. * [10:37–38] In support of his argument, the author uses Hb 2:3–4 in a wording almost identical with the text of the Codex Alexandrinus of the Septuagint but with the first and second lines of Heb 10:4 inverted. Here the author goes back to the picture of God’s house. Hebrews 3:4. He presides, therefore, over everything; and was over the Jewish and the Christian dispensations - for there must have been someone over them, or the author of them, as really as it must be true that every house is built by some person. Hebrews 3:19: And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. Christ is the establisher, but not by any independent will or agency. Hebrews 2:3-4 is saying that the witnesses have done their part. The meaning of sabbatismos. This view will make all consistent. The word of God is the Christian’s source of spiritual growth. Question: "What does God mean when He says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5)?" In this sense, Jesus is the Father’s ultimate ambassador (Hebrews 1:1-2). The Superiority Of Jesus To Moses. Hebrews 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.. Hebrews 1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;. Rather than trusting Him, most of the people gave up hope. The special foundership of Christ does not contradict or exclude the general foundership of God. Barnes's Hebrews 3:4 Bible Commentary For every house is builded by some man - The words in this verse are plain, and the sentiment in it clear. Christ has been identified as superior to the prophets and to all ranks of angelic beings. The book of Hebrews is meant to challenge, encourage, and empower Christian believers. ὁ δὲ πάντα κατασκευάσας, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. The Lord Jesus will be seen to have a claim to a far higher honor than Moses, and Moses will be seen to have derived his honor, as a servant of the Mediator, in the economy which he had appointed. Peter reminds us that we are living stones, being built up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, in order to offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord God almighty.. and Paul wrote instructions to Timothy: so that we will know how Christians ought to conduct themselves in the household of God - which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and the support of truth. [1] The quote from Psalm 95:7-11 (Hebrews 3:7-11). God is the One who took Israel by the hand and gently led them out of Egypt, to carry out His plans and purposes. He is heralded as superior in Person and … As the Son he is he that built, but it is as one with God who built all things. The Bible isn’t a collection of merely old stories and myths. It was a 40-year-old bridge, and quite obviously there were hidden weaknesses that went undetected until it was too late. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. Hebrews chapter 3 uses a reference to Israel's wandering in the desert from the story of the Exodus. The meaning of Hebrews 1:2 is that at the very termination of the times in which God is speaking to man, He speaks, not through the prophets, but in His Son, Who is "the Word" (Jn 1:1-2). No house, no religious system, grows of itself; it has a cause in the will of one who is greater than it. Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Hebrews 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. So the writer of Hebrews is referring to the incarnation of God's Son at His First Coming. He alone is the Foundation-Stone, and yet He was despised and He was rejected by the human builders. We got this from Hebrews 3:1213: Take care, brethren, l… Thank You that my life is hid with Christ in God, and that I have the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead and guide. Moses was long considered to be the people's greatest prophet who was chosen by God to be the principle administrator of His chosen nation, Israel. Moses was the human tool, who was used by God to build up His house.. the house of Israel and the Tabernacle of the Lord. This word is also used in the famous passage of Hebrews 11:1, but there probably has the meaning "guarantee of ownership/entitlement, title deed" (BDAG 1040-1041). The incomparable offering of Christ, as the sin sacrifice for the world, is similarly of infinitely superior worth, than Old Testament sacrifices of bulls and goats.. for in Christ, the God-Man, we have a better sanctuary, a better covenant and an eternal hope. 7 Yet our author immediately makes plain that Jesus has greater honor than Moses. If we neglect this salvation, if we drift away, we will not escape the chastening hand of God. (2) Paul "assumes" that the Lord Jesus was divine. Tell students that Hebrews 3–4 refers to an experience found in the Old Testament that illustrates how Saints can find rest from their trials and temptations. Hebrews 3:4 Translation & Meaning. Christ has been identified as superior to the prophets and to all ranks of angelic beings. And Christ Jesus being the exact image and representation of the invisible God, through Whom the world was made, is counted far more worthy that Moses - for Christ is the brightness of God's glory and appointed Son of the immortal, invisible most high God. Hebrews 13:5 says, in part, “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (NKJV). He made an offering of Himself, once and for all, so that all who believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. God is the great Enabler, Who equips His servants to carry out His will.. and to perform His own good pleasure. He is Creator of all, and he must, therefore, be over all. Throughout Hebrews 3 and 4 the author refers to the rest of God (katapausis) as the goal to be entered. The point we drew from this two weeks ago was that we must care enough about each other that every day we get in each others lives and exhort each other not to let distrust in God creep in and destroy our lives. This seems to me to be the argument - an argument which is based on the supposition that he is at the head of all things, and that he was the agent in the creation of all worlds. (Hebrews 4:12) xxv. There must be someone, therefore, over all dispensations - the old and the new - the Jewish and the Christian. 9:3–4). A description of the word of God, Hebrews 4:12, Hebrews 4:13. (4) as such, he must have a glory and honor which could not belong to Moses. The ancient Greek word translated consider is katanoein: “It does not mean simply to look at or to notice a thing. The notion of ‘rest’ is first mentioned in Hebrews 3:11, which is part of a quotation from Psalm 95:7–11, regarding the unbelief of the Israelites after they fled Egypt (Hebrews 3:18). The meaning of the whole may be thus expressed. Moses may have been the faithful servant whom God used to construct the Tabernacle. He has been identified as equal in might, majesty, dominion and power with God the Father almighty - for He is God the Son.. the Creator of all, both visible and invisible. Hebrews 3:3-4 In first-century Judaism there was hardly a name that stood out and was more deeply venerated than that of Moses. Christ was God incarnate.. Who came to earth Himself as a Man, so that He Himself could build His church.. against which the gates of hell will not prevail. "There re mains a sabbath rest (sabbatismos) for the people of God." It was just a year ago (August 1, 2007) that the bridge which spanned the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, resulting in the death of 13 and injuring 145. He is so, as the maker of a house deserves more honor than the house. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; “For every house is built by someone, but he that built all is God.” Over and above the right conduct of the house there is a builder. Heavenly Father, thank You that by grace I have been made a child of God and am being built up by You into a spiritual house. See Hebrews 9:2; 1 Peter 2:10. Since God has given us Christ, we ought to listen to what He says and not move backwards. but. Hebrews is an epistle that targets maturing believers, and its clarion call is to live godly lives in Christ Jesus - the Author and Finisher of our faith. Have students read Hebrews 3:7–9 , and ask them if they know what the phrase “as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness” refers to. The meaning of the several parts of this verse is very simple; but it is not easy to follow the reasoning with certainty. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and yet He is the exact representation of the eternal, invisible almighty God and Father. The only difficulty is in seeing the connection, and in understanding how it is intended to bear on what precedes, or on what follows. In the beginning he laid the foundation of the earth, and was the agent in the creation of all things; Hebrews 1:2, Hebrews 1:10. Pay attention to what you've heard, spend time in God's Word and with God's people. 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. He introduces it with a few words from Is 26:20: after just a brief moment. "The Lord Jesus is worthy of more honor than Moses. Sad to say, it can also happen to Christians. ’ . (1) Every family must have a founder; every dispensation an author; every house a builder. 3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. In these few verses we can identify the sin of the Israelites: They had heard God's voice (7) The application of built or established to Christ (Hebrews 3:3) is guarded against possible misapprehension. 4:9, R.S.V., he uses a different word for rest. 2 Further, it offers equally inferential evidence of the purpose of the sign gifts: to confirm that God was doing something new. Answer: A comforting promise in Scripture is that God will never leave those who are His. Into this rest we should earnestly labor to enter, Hebrews 4:11. The bottom line is that God, Himself, is the great Builder-of-all.. and Maker of all things. He gave His servant the blueprint - for God is the Designer and Builder of all. God the Father had to send a message of love that was so important He sent it through Christ Jesus. All in all, Hebrews 2:3-4 seems to involve some solid inferences that the sign gifts had for the most part ceased. The Meaning of Hebrews 6:4-6. The infinite and indisputable supremacy of the Lord Jesus is the singular focus of the first few chapters of Hebrews. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The consequences of ignoring God are dire. The meaning of Hebrews 4:9 then is, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (English Standard Version). Jesus is our sympathetic High Priest, Hebrews 4:15. How blessed we are to be members of the body of Christ.. living stones that are being built up into a spiritual house - whose Builder and Maker is God. He is divine. He was the one God used to build-up the house of Israel into a great nation and to administer the hundreds of legal 'household' laws that the Lord gave to His people.. but it was God Who set out the plans. Moses may have been the servant who was chosen to begin building up the house of Israel, but God alone is the true Builder and Maker. Chapter 3 ended with the warning that it was unbelief that kept the people of Israel from entering into the promised land and the rest God had promised there. Through him we have confidence to come to God, Hebrews 4:16. (3) God must be over "all things." I pray that I may live a life that is honouring to You, in Jesus name, AMEN, Hebrews 3:4 Treasury of Scripture Knowing, Sacrifice and Offering (Easter Reflections - (9). In this incident, the nation of Israel came to the border of the Promised Land and then lost confidence in God. There is a “someone” at the root of all that appears in history. But he that built all things is God; Christ has built all things, and therefore he is God, and must be infinitely above Moses; for this is not to be understood of God and of the creation of the world, and of all things in it by him; but of Christ, and of his building the church, and of his ordering and managing of that, and all affairs relating to it; such as the constitution of it, settling the worship of God, and the ordinances in it, the redemption and salvation of the members of it, and its rule and government; all which prove him to be God, and above Moses. Moses obeyed all that the Lord said and became God's mouthpiece to His people Israel, but like Abraham, and all those that trust in the Word of God.. the Builder and Maker is God alone. The historical, moral and spiritual reality of God's great salvation has been displayed. See on ver. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. First, I would not separate Hebrews 4:13 from Hebrews 4:12. Hebrews 3:4 Context. Third, if there were two altars, then the author of Hebrews must be charged with a gross omission, since he makes no reference to the altar of incense in the Holy Place, which was a regular daily part of the priestly ministry (Heb. (4) For every house is builded by some man. 1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. Being, therefore, over all things, and at the head of all dispensations, he must be more exalted than Moses." He is heralded as superior in Person and rank to Moses and Joshua.. to Aaron and the priesthood. (1 Peter 2:2, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5) c. Is living and powerful: Understanding this spiritual nature of the Bible, the writer to the Hebrews could confidently write this. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. A. 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