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Jesus, Greater than Moses

And so, dear brothers and sisters, you are now made holy, and each of you is invited to the feast[a] of your heavenly calling.[b] So fasten your thoughts fully onto Jesus,[c] whom we embrace[d] as our Apostle and King-Priest.[e] For he was faithful to the Father who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was a model of faithfulness in what was entrusted to him.[f] But Jesus is worthy to receive a much greater glory than Moses, for the one who builds a house deserves to be honored more than the house he builds.

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  1. 3:1 Or “sharers of the feast.”
  2. 3:1 Or “you participate as partners in the heavenly calling.” The Greek phrase, “heavenly calling” implies an invitation to a celestial feast. It could also be translated “you are called to share the life of heaven.” This calling originates in heaven and draws us into heaven. However, in the Aramaic this phrase can be translated “called with a calling [from heaven],” which is the Aramaic title of the third book of the Torah, Leviticus, and refers to the calling of the Levites as priests.
  3. 3:1 Or “you have discovered this Jesus.” The Aramaic can be translated “Jesus, the Messiah.”
  4. 3:1 Or “with whom is our legally binding agreement.”
  5. 3:1 God joins the apostolic and priestly ministries together in Christ. An apostle will always release God’s people into their priestly calling of entering into the holy of holies without going through a system, a church or a person. The word “King-Priest” is from the Aramaic, which uses a word for a priest not of the Levitical order. Jesus could not be a “High Priest” for he was not born in the tribe of Levi, or a descendant of Aaron, but was of the tribe of Judah. So the word here for priest is not cohen, but the Aramaic word kumrea, the word used for Jethro and Melchizedek. See Gen. 14:18; Ex. 2:16; 3:1; 18:1.
  6. 3:2 Or “who was faithful in all his house.” See Num. 12:7.

42 Get up and let’s go. Don’t you see? My betrayer draws near.”

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46 Get up and let’s go, for the betrayer has arrived.”

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