Hebrews 3:1-6 compares the Lord Jesus Christ as the High Priest of our profession to the faithfulness of Moses in shepherding Israel through the wilderness. Quoting the Lord in Numbers 12, Moses is said to have been “faithful in all My House”.
And Moses was truly faithful in all His house as a servant for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a son over his own house, whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Hebrews 3:5 & 6.
Statements with the word “if” are not the most popular among many believers but Jesus himself said that the ones who endure unto the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:13.
The admonition is then repeated: for we are made partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Hebrews 3:14.
While it is said; today if you will hear his voice harden not your hearts as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15 is now quoting from Psalm 95 and again comparing the body of Christ to the “church in the wilderness.”
When Hebrews 3:5 says that Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, a unique Greek word is used, and translating as “a servant” clouds the importance of this statement.
The word doulos is used over 100 times in the New Testament to convey the idea of being a bond servant or purchased slave of Christ. This one time the word therapon is used which means an attendant. This is the word from which is derived therapeia and the English word therapy. As the therapon to the church in the wilderness Moses attended to the needs of the people, in particular, to maintaining a right relationship with the Spirit of the Lord.
To have a zeal for the church and body of Christ, we are being called like Moses to be faithful in all his house. The significance of this statement is only understood from the visitation of the Lord in Numbers 12.
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all My house. With him will I speak face to face, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? Numbers 12:6-8.
Hebrews goes on to say that now we all can come boldly before the throne of grace. We have the same access, the same opportunity to come into the Lord’s presence. After spending time in the sanctuary of the Lord we can speak without presumptuous error and offence. We can be faithful in all his house. Consider now the application of this word study to a correct understanding of this teaching of Christ Jesus.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord will make ruler over his household (therapeia) to give them meat in due season? Luke 12:42.
To properly understand Jesus when he teaches on stewardship we must always remember his statements “the words that I speak to you are spirit and life” and “the flesh profits nothing”.
The concern here is not flesh, Jesus said “I have meat to eat that you know not of, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me.” John 4:32-34.
Jesus is seeking elect stewards like Moses who can be faithful in all his house, to see to the spiritual health of the congregation. To be a therapon to provide therapeia (healing) for the body of Christ.
As the two other uses of the word therapeia in Luke 9:11 and Revelations 22:2, where the word is translated healing. Does the Lord want us to rule people or heal people?
And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. Luke 9:11.
On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2.
We can serve the congregation like Moses only in the spirit of meekness.
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3.
Paul wrote: if anyone is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore them in the spirit of meekness. Galatians 6:1.
This creates a hedge against judgment, for mercy exults over judgment. James 2:13.
I entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:1.