WHAT IS A HUMAN BEING?
Psalm 8, O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. 2 You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place— 4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— 7 the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. 9 O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
When we look at the heavens we can realize how great the creation of God is.
The Bible declares that
“The glory of God is greater than the heavens themselves.” Psalm 8:1-4
The Sun is the work of God’s finger.
Psalm 8:3-4, 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place— 4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Among these billions of living creatures is our species called humans, of which there are about 7 billion.
God is mindful of this little creature called human on this little planet called earth. This amazes me!
The body is called a “tent” in the Scriptures because it is a temporary dwelling place of the spirit.
2 Corinthians 5:1, “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
God is mindful of us in a personal way.
He knows everything about me.
He knows my thoughts even before I speak them.
Psalm 139, O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
Psalm 103:14, “For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
And yet knowing my weaknesses and my failings, He still loves me.
Don’t believe Satan when he tells you that God doesn’t care or love you.
For example, we see two different attitudes in the:
- Babies learning to walk.
- A Person who is rebellious.
The baby has the attitude of weakness, wanting to do something but not being able to.
The person who is being rebellious is making a choice through their will.
Generally, a person is a rebellious little creature.
This person, a little speck of dust, shaking his fist at the Creator of the universe.
How foolish is it to rebel against God the Creator!
The question cannot be answered.
But God is not only mindful of me, He came to visit me.
John 1:1-5, In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:14, ‘So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.’
God visiting humans is another marvelous mystery, but the blindness of people’s rebellion is a tragedy.
Psalm 8:5-6 speaks prophetically of Jesus Christ and His visit to earth.
Hebrews 2:6-8 quotes these verses in reference to Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 2:6-8, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him? 7 Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 8 You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority.
God has placed all things in subjection unto Jesus Christ.
* However, at the end of the passage in Hebrews, the writer declares: “Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.”
But a day is coming when every knee shall bow.
Isaiah 45:23, “By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.”
Romans 14:11-12, ‘It is written: “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”’
Philippians 2:10, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”
We do not see all things under His subjection yet,
Hebrews 2:9, 9 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.
Let us see beyond our rebellion Jesus the risen Lord.
May we say with David:
‘O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!’
Listen to what God says about you:
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on August 7, 2016 at New Life Christian Church