WHAT IS MAN?

Heb.2:5,6 – For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?”

This quote from the Psalms is spoken from utter amazement. David had seen a glimpse of God’s greatness, unveiling to him the smallness and miserable state of man. He is totally humbled by the goodness and care of our Lord. Using this quote in Hebrews brings this whole truth to another whole level. This great God had become a man and had done the unthinkable, He became our offering for sin Himself so that we could be made like Him. This is beyond anything we could have ever hoped for, we are washed in His blood so that we can come near to God. Here is how Adam Clarke describes this passage.

“What is man? This quotation is verbatim from the Septuagint; and, as the Greek is not as emphatic as the Hebrew….What is miserable man, that thou rememberest him? and the son of Adam, that thou visitest him? The variation of the terms in the original is very emphatic. Adam, the name given to man at his creation, and expresses his origin, and generic distinction from all other animals. Enosh, which signifies sick, weak, wretched, was never given to him till after his fall. The son of Adam means here, any one or all of the fallen posterity of the first man. That God should remember in the way of mercy these wretched beings, is great condescension; that he should visit them, manifest himself to them, yea, even dwell among them, and at last assume their nature, and give up his life to ransom them from the bitter pains of eternal death, is mercy and love indescribable and eternal.”

The message of the cross displays the great love the Lord has for man. As the author of Hebrews teaches, He did not take on an angelic nature but He took on a human nature nor did He subject the world to angels. He has placed man over this world and through the power of redemption has given us the opportunity to restore God’s kingdom here on earth. Remember what Paul quoted in Hebrews 1? “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”

That is what our life is about now, bringing the kingdom of this world under the kingdom of God.

2 Replies to “WHAT IS MAN?”

  1. Its like getting our original jobs back, the ones we were ideally set to accomplish, in fact the kind of job that is so enjoyable, its hard to think its really work. Yes for a short time we have to endure (kind of on a trial basis) some less than hospitable working conditions, but nothing to be afraid of. Then comes an evaluation, along with a relocation, to what has been described as a heavenly location (Yes) I’m not sure what is next, but I’m told we live happily ever after.

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