The Exalted Position of Man
The insignificance of mankind:
Since the fall, because of the curse, (Gen.3:17-19) there has been a constant struggle between mankind and nature as man tried to impose his will upon it. We can achieve so much. We have reshaped the world in so many ways, yet we are still helpless before hurricanes, earthquakes, and so on.
Now, maybe, we are on the verge of a new ice age if the Gulf Stream breaks down due to global warming. On the other hand Chicago could end up with a semi tropical climate with winds and rain to match.
In our arrogance and stupidity we are on the verge of environmental disaster. This is the consequence of fallen humanity’s struggle with the earth, driven as it is by selfishness and greed. Folks, God is still in control, relax.
There is a day coming, however, when the original relationship between man and nature will be restored. 21 the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now Romans 8.
God is going to provide a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away Revelation 21. What a day that will be!
As we have already thought it is amazing that God loves us. If He were to reward anyone, then we would expect Him to reward the angels who supported Him at the time of Satan’s rebellion and have served Him faithfully down through the millennia since.
Yet in Hebrews 2:5 we read that this new earth will be given to mankind, not to the angels. This is confirmed in Revelation 5:10 where it says that the redeemed will rule the earth.
There has only been one man who enjoyed the authority over this world that man was intended to have. That was the Lord Jesus Himself. We read how He stilled the stormy winds and waves and walked on the sea. He had power over disease and even death.
The writer applies this Psalm to Him. He too was made lower than the Angels when He, the Eternal God, became a little baby at Bethlehem.