INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
This is part of a series that is looking at the preciousness of life and the need for a more serious examination of the Scriptural validity of taking a human life under any circumstance. Folks, our world has devalued the taking of human life to the point the loss of human life is “no big deal” and “JUST a part of the world in which we live.”
By God’s grace, as we continue through this series, my prayer is that the Lord would open all of our spiritual eyes and come to a more complete realization of the great value of human life. Also, we need to carefully consider the results of our actions, and the circumstances surrounding the taking of human life, making sure that in each situation, the taking of life is Biblically justifiable and absolutely necessary.
Our devotional series will contain six daily devotions, all of which will emphasize the wondrous nature of the human creation and the loss inflicted upon mankind when a human life is taken from their midst…
- Thou Shalt Not Kill (Exo 20:13)
- The Glory and Honor Of Man (Psa 8:4-6)
- God’s Image & Likeness (Gen 1:26-27)
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psa 139:14-16)
- The Minister and Witness Of These Things (Acts 26:16-17)
- Prepare To Meet Thy God (Amos 4:12)
“The Glory and Honor Of Man” (Psa 8:4-6, Heb 2:6-8)
Psalms 8:4-6 KJV –
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:”
Hebrews 2:6-8 KJV (Quoted from Psalm 8:4-6) –
“But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”
In the above Psalm, and its quotation in Hebrews, we find the members of mankind being described as being “crowned…with glory and honor”. This teaches us much about the very nature of man and the blessed position the Lord has granted to them.
- Man Crowned With “Glory”
The word “glory”, in the Psalms passage, is translated from a Hebrew word meaning “admiration”, “respect”, or “esteem”. In the Hebrews passage, the Greek word for “glory” holds the same meaning and is often translated by the word “dignity”.
“Glory” speaks of the attitude towards man that is held by the other parts of God’s creation.
“thou… didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”
Man has been placed in a wonderfully blessed position among all of God’s creation. Although he is placed in a position slightly lower than the angels (the angels are under the direct authority of God, answering to Him and receiving commands from Him), man is given authority to rule over the others parts of God’s creation. A perfect form of this authority was given to man in the Garden (Gen 1:28-30, Gen 2:19-20). Man possessed absolute dominion over the creation of God, receiving honor and respect from creation itself….
But this perfect dominion became tainted due to the entrance of sin in the world (Gen 3:17-19). Man still possesses dominion over the world, but now must suffer from acts of rebellion and disobedience to his rule. Now animals attack man, now weeds grow hindering the growth of man’s crops, and now nature sends forth floods, tornado, earthquakes etc. that are not under the control of man.
- Man Crowned With “Honor”
The word “honor” is translated from a Hebrew word that means “beauty”, “magnificence”, “comeliness” or “majesty”. In the Hebrews passage the word “honor” means basically the same and is commonly translated “value”, “price”.
“Honor” speaks of man’s value.
Man, has been given great worth by God. The Lord sovereignly chose to give Himself to redeem mankind from their sin (Titus 2:11-14), instead of simply destroying man and recreating a new type of being. He did not die for the angels, for animals, for trees, nor rocks. He died for man, and man alone, setting man apart from all the other parts of His creation.
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Although mankind does not deserve the great value bestowed upon him, nonetheless the Lord chose to graciously place that value upon him (1 Peter 2:9).
- How Does The Loss Of Human Life Affect Mankind?
Please notice, in both the man’s glory and honor, man is said to be “crowned” by these. A kingly crown is an outward representation of authority possessed by, and honor due to the wearer. When the Lord granting to man their undeserved glory and honor, it was as if He was placing a crown upon man’s head, granting to him great authority and a position that deserved to be honored by all His creation. Based upon God’s gracious bestowal of respect and value upon man, man deserves dignity and respect from, not only the inanimate and animal parts of His creation, but mankind itself.
Folks, we are to honor and respect all human life, no matter what color of skin, no matter what language is spoken, no matter what citizenship is claimed, no matter what position is held in society, no matter what amount of wealth is possessed, and finally, no matter what beliefs are held. Human life is human life and is precious in the eyes of God. For mankind to devalue human life is to mock the authority, value and deserved respect that God Himself has placed upon mankind.
Also, keep in mind these same verses we have looked at are also a clear prophecy of Christ, His first coming, and His exaltation by His Father.
Mankind, in the authority they have been given, in their position below angels, yet above all other parts of creation, and in their exaltation by God, all are living representations of God/man Christ. When Christ came to the earth the first time, He was made lower than the angels, He possessed dominion over nature, and was exalted by God following His ascension. All of these are truths about Christ that can be seen in the glory and honor that God has graciously placed upon all of mankind. For mankind to devalue human life is to devalue a wonderful picture of the gracious humility, authority and exaltation of Christ that took place at His first coming.
May we all come to recognize the wonderful gift of human life that world has been given, and the tremendous loss that is sustained when that same life is taken from our midst.
In our next devotional, we will be being looking at the preciousness of human life by examining man, who was created in God’s image and likeness.
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