2005-08-06 - What is Man?
Psalm 8, Part 4
Verse 5: But David won't let the question, "what is man...?" stand without an answer. He immediately notes that mankind is created only a little lower than the angels. God created us, loves us and clothes us with glory and honor. And if He has done so for us, then how much more so, when He took on human form Himself, became the "son of man?" For what greater glory could God bring to the human form, than being willing to put it on Himself?
While the psalmist speaks of mankind in general, we have already seen that the author of Hebrews takes the passage and applies it specifically to Jesus, saying that for a little while He took on a form that placed him a little lower than the angels. So God temporally became a little lower than the angels, so that He could provide a way of peace between Himself and us.
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,..." (Romans 5:1).
Verses 6-8: Now God has given man a responsibility to care for His creation. Originally Adam was given the responsibility to care for the garden,
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" (Genesis 2:15).
Adam lost the garden, and his dominion over the Earth was never fully realized. But some argue that we, as believers, as followers of the "second Adam," still have an obligation to care for God's creation. And it will be that "second Adam," Jesus, who will have the final control and authority to rule over creation, His own creation.
"Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:3).
And so the creation that God rules is given over to the responsibility of mankind in general, and Messiah specifically.
In the work of obedient mankind, and of the Messiah, glory comes to God. For all that is done in obedience brings glory to God. The work of Messiah on the cross, His death, His burial and His resurrection, speaks to the glory and the majesty of God, whose love and mercy toward His creation is so great that He was willing to give His all for us. May we be willing to do the same for Him and for each other.
"A new command I give you; love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35).
To be continued.