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Today’s bible study is Hebrews 3:4: For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.

The house we live in was built my Winston-Carlisle, specifically by a contractor named Rodney. Although far from perfect, he did a nice job in building it. He made a comfortable place for my family to live and one in which to put our worldly belongings. Rodney put down the slab, put up the framing, added the plumbing and electricity and completed the sheetrock. This is my house. But is that all it is?

If I were not part of a Christian family, perhaps the answer would be, ‘Yes.’ But, to give true credit to the builder of all things and to pray to God on a daily basis helps to make it a living, breathing, home for the spirit as well. It matters little that the walls are blue or that there is crown molding in the living room. What matters that we give honor to God, to him, without whom, nothing could be built. Nothing could be a house and nothing could truly be a home.

Here, a little biblical history becomes helpful. Hebrews is speaking of brothers and sisters in Chapter 3, verses 1 through 6. The readers have already been called brothers and sisters, as well as those who are sanctified and partners with Christ in the human condition. Partners in a heavenly call means that the calling is heavenly and points not only to its source, but also to it goal. The readers are addressed directly in order to urge them to give attention to Jesus in his unique role in their salvation. The role of Jesus is captured in two terms: apostle and high priest. The noun apostle is applied to Jesus only here in the New Testament; but that he was sent of God is the testament of many, including Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

The quality of Jesus as apostle and high priest underscored here is fidelity to God, and it is this fidelity which joins Jesus ad Moses. Even though Moses and Jesus were both faithful, they differ in station: Moses is a servant while Jesus is a son. They differ also in function. Moses serves in God’s house while Jesus, as son, is over God’s house.

May each of our houses be not only a structure of wood and brick but a home for the Holy Spirit. May God dwell within our homes and within the hearts of each member of our families who are in our homes. Each day, let the radiance of God shine throughout our homes, always making them a place of peace, a welcoming door to our friends and neighbors, and a place of safety.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.

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