There is a housing shortage where I live. Even though prices and interest rates are at an all-time high, construction is still going at a breakneck pace. There have been questions about how some lower-income housing is being built. It looks cheap and unstable, and people are complaining that it will be an eyesore. Who will be accountable when there are problems? That makes today’s passage interesting, “Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”
“For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.”
Jesus is Greater than Moses
It is essential to understand the context of this verse. The author of Hebrews is comparing Moses and Jesus. Moses was a faithful servant in the house of the Lord, but Jesus was over the house. Jesus is greater than Moses. To some Jews, those are fighting words. No one is greater than Moses. He is their guy. He led them out of Egypt (actually, God did with Moses being faithfully obedient to Him). To some Jews, Moses gave them the law (once again, Moses went up on a mountain and got the law from the Lord).
This is why the author of Hebrews is writing this book. He is broaching subjects long held dear to the Jews, like Moses. Showing them how Jesus fits into that narrative and fulfills the Old Testament. Moses built the house the Jews lived in, but he got his supplies from God. Jesus is over God’s house, of whom Moses is a faithful servant. This is all language that Hebrew people could understand. The grown son often oversaw the estate of his father. Jesus is over the house of His Father.
Builder of All Things
As you are building your life, remember that God is supplying you with the materials. You may get the credit and the applause for what you accomplished, but it wouldn’t have happened if God didn’t see fit to give you what you needed. As you strive to live the life you want, don’t forget to give credit where credit is due. Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”