Monday, August 25, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Psalm 8:1-9
1 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! 2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
This is an interesting Psalm, so interesting that Hebrews 2 quotes it. However, in Hebrews, here's how it comes out
5 For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, "WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? 7 "YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; 8 YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET." For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.
For some reason, running that quote through the Greek Old Testament of the day downgraded us from just below God to just below angles. That undersells where we're at. <political rant>Open note to the ELF types, if you happen upon this: we're not making up speciesism out of our cockiness; God built that in. We can be cocky in misusing the gift of natural resources God has given us, but we have been given stewardship. The cosmos is ours to use.</political rant> The mantra of Pastor Dave's sermon yesterday on Hebrews 2/Psalm 8 was "I am of extreme significance" to God. Not Dave himself, but the believer. God took us naked apes and gave us a soul and a place of fellowship with Him. We aren't just some insignifcant carbon-based life form on some planet in a unimportant galaxy, we're people He sent His son to die for, and we're people that He wants to share His life and creation with. Not ugly bags of mostly water, uh-uh.

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