My friend Jordan has been blogging lately about the value of colored Bible-marking pens. Get some (although I prefer Crayola colored pencils!). In my Bible, Hebrews 3.3 is underlined in green: "For He [Jesus] 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."
As I preach that verse this weekend, I found I needed to underline it in a different color for my people - Pink. Arthur Pink, that is. I think the whole two paragraphs are blogworthy. Read as he underscores the truth of verse 3 (and check back Monday if you want the whole sermon!):
The history of Moses was remarkable from beginning to end. The hand of providence preserved him as a babe, and the hand of God dug his grave at the finish. Between these termi he passed through the strangest and most contrastive vicissitudes which, surely, any mortal has ever experienced. The honours conferred upon him by God were much greater than any bestowed upon any other man, before or since. During the most memorable portion of their history, all of God’s dealings with Israel were transacted through him. His position of nearness to Jehovah was remarkable, awesome, unique. He was in his own person prophet, priest and king. Through him the whole of the Levitical economy was instituted. By him the Tabernacle was built. Thus we can well understand the high esteem in which the Jews held this favoured man of God - cf. John 9.28, 29.
Yet great as Moses was, the Holy Spirit in this third section of Hebrews calls upon us to consider One who so far excelled him as the heavens are above the earth. First, Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His own person: Moses was a man of God, Christ was God Himself. Moses was the fallen descendant of Adam, conceived and shapen in iniquity; Christ was sinless, impeccable, holy. Again; Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His Offices. Moses was a prophet, through whom God spake; Christ was Himself “Truth,” revealing perfectly the whole mind, will, and heart of God. Moses executed priestly functions (Exodus 24.6; 32.11); but Christ is the “great High Priest.” Moses was “king in Jeshurun” (Deuteronomy 33.5); Christ is “King of kings.” To mention only one other comparison, Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His work. Moses delivered Israel from Egypt, Christ delivers His people from the everlasting burnings. Moses built an earthly tabernacle, Christ is now preparing a place for us on High. Moses led Israel across the wilderness but not into Canaan itself; Christ will actually bring many sons “unto glory". May the Holy Spirit impress our hearts more and more with the exalted dignity and unique excellency of our Saviour.
Arthur Pink. An Exposition of Hebrews, 152-153.