The Exalted Position of Man
The insignificance of mankind:
We need to appreciate how small and weak we are, but more importantly, how great and powerful our God is. David didn’t stop at feeling small, he also cried out: O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Ps.8:1
What is surprising, when you think how insignificant we are, is that God is interested in mankind at all. As David said: What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? v4
Why does God take an interest in mankind? Why, above all, did He give His Son to die for us when we had rebelled against Him? The only answer can be that He loves us so much.
From the very beginning, God’s purpose in creation was to have fellowship with man. It is evident that in Eden God talked with Adam and Eve. The fall interrupted this closeness and Adam and Eve hid, because they felt guilty and afraid.
The rest of Scripture is the story of how the barrier caused by sin has been dealt with so that this original fellowship might be restored.
Do you feel unimportant, insignificant and unloved? Well to people with power and influence you may be, but to God you are important.
Jesus chose, He is not ashamed to call us brethren v11 to become one of us, our brother. There are many today who would be delighted to be a brother or sister of a player on some football team or race car driver or movie star yet those things will be forgotten in a few weeks. How much more wonderful to have the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as our brother!
David said that God made us a little lower than the angels v7. What does this mean? We are less powerful creatures than the angels, they can move quickly from one place to another and can do miraculous things.
They are spirit creatures, we are physical. We age and die, they don’t. Nevertheless God has given us a very special place in creation.
He made us in His own image with a capacity to love. He also gave us tremendous intellectual and artistic potential. Endued with these powers He set Gen.1:26 Adam and Eve over all creation.
We’ll continue tomorrow.