Saturday, October 26, 2019

What is Man

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Hebrews 2:6-9 (NET)
 Instead someone testified somewhere: “What is man that you think of him or the son of man that you care for him? You made him lower than the angels for a little while. You crowned him with glory and honor. You put all things under his control.” For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he would experience death on behalf of everyone.

The way today's Bible verse started is quite unusual because normally when New Testament writers quote Old Testament writers,  it usually would go like this:

Romans 11:9 (NET)  And David says, “Let their table become a snare and trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
But that's not the case here. The Psalm from which the quote in Hebrews 2:6 above was taken is attributed to David(Psalm 8),  and I'm sure the writer of Hebrews knew this very well,  but he is saying here that 'someone testified somewhere'.  This is quite unusual. There is no other place in the New Testament that uses this language in reference to Old Testament scripture.

Some have asserted that the quote is not credited to men but to angels, that it was a conversation between angels that was captured by the psalmist through the spirit of prophecy.

Maybe that's why the writer of Hebrews didn't attribute the quote to David but said "someone testified somewhere". Thinking about it critically,  it makes sense for angels to be asking this all-important question: "[w]hat is Man?"
Seeing the way God (the creator and sustainer of all things) is mindful of man,  it is an all-important question.

The way to decode scripture is with scripture and not with human worldly reasoning. If you read Psalm 8:4-6,  and now read today's Bible verses,  your understanding of Psalms 8:4-6 will be broader and much more accurate.

In today's Bible verses,  we see the progression of the experiences of man. Man was made lower than the angels (this was because of the fall). But Man would be crowned with glory and honor, and God would put all things under man's control.  But today,  we do not yet see all things under man's control, but we see Jesus,  who is a man,  crowned with glory and honor. Today, Jesus is the only man with this stature of glory and honor,  but during the resurrection,  all His saints would receive this stature-- that includes you and me,  if we hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess,  for the One who made the promise is trustworthy (see Hebrews 10:23).

Jesus is the only hope and lifeline through which Man can fulfill his eternal destiny of ruling over the universe with God.  He is the only man that has overcome the powers that hinder Man from fulfilling his glorious destiny, and through Him, we who believe in Him are overcomers.

Go into today remembering that those who believe in [and abide in] Christ would get to fulfill man's glorious eternal destiny. This destiny is so glorious that human communication is not suitable enough to describe it (see 1 Corinthians 2:9).

Prayer: Thank you Lord for Your great plans for me. Please help me walk in them and please you in all things. Amen.
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