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7 Thou madest [elattoo] him [autos] a little [brachus] [tis] lower [elattoo] than [para] the angels [aggelos]; thou crownedst [stephanoo] him [autos] with glory [doxa] and [kai] honour [time], and [kai] didst set [kathistemi] him [autos] over [epi] the works [ergon] of thy [sou] hands [cheir]:
8 Thou hast put [hupotasso] all things [pas] in subjection [hupotasso] under [hupokato] his [autos] feet [pous]. For [gar] in [en] that he put [hupotasso] all [pas] in subjection under [hupotasso] him [autos], he left [aphiemi] nothing that is not [oudeis] put under [anupotaktos] him [autos]. But [de] now [nun] we see [horao] not yet [oupo] all things [pas] put under [hupotasso] him [autos]. KJV-Interlinear
7 'Thou hast made him for a little while lower than the angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, And hast appointed him over the works of Thy hands; 8 Thou hast 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. NASB
Continuing the quote from Psa. 8, one would think that this passage refers to Jesus Christ, and in parallel it does. But when David wrote this psalm, he was referring to mankind.
Anyone can look up at the night sky on a clear and dark night and see the vastness of the universe with its endless numbers of stars. At one time just a few decades ago the universe was thought to be only six billion light years to its edge. Then the new satellite telescopes came onto the scene and the Hubble telescope took a picture of an area just above the North Star which shows billions of, not stars, but galaxies extending to a distance of just over thirteen billion light years away.
I would imagine that when the newer satellite telescopes, with the latest technologies, come into use in the near future, that we will see even further into this universe and we will see even more spectacular views of galaxies in very deep space.
Now the question. Since man is so small in this vast universe, what are we to God? We are small. We are limited to this planet. We are made of the dust of the earth. We are in effect, nothing in the grand scheme of things. And yet God has a plan for the human race. God has a plan for each individual. God has a plan for your life. There is a destiny for mankind, but it is not of mans doing, nor of his effort.
4 What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? 5 Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, And dost crown him with glory and majesty! 6 Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet, NASB
We will see Jesus Christ introduced in verse nine. For it is through Him that we will one day attain the glory which is intended for mankind.
But for now, man was created and placed in the Garden. There he did not have to work. The earth provided for man and the earth never failed in its provisions. Even the animals respected Adam and in them there was no ferociousness, nor fear.
Then something happened. Satan came along and deceived man and trampled on his glory and took man's authority over the earth, away.
Man fell and felt the pain of the fall. Death was even placed on mankind. The angels were never cursed with a death or any transitional state such as man has to deal with.
Amazingly, the earth and all of creation, likewise, knows of its condition, as all of creation was placed under subjection to the evil of Satan.
19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. NASB
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. NASB
Our state of subjection is only temporary however. One day, once the Second Advent occurs, then mankind will once again be placed in command of the world.
21 'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. NASB
22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, NASB
Just as God the Father placed all things under the authority of Christ, so too all things will be placed under the authority of humanity (spiritually mature humanity) as Christ will seat those persons at His right hand, just as the Father sat Christ at His right hand.
The day is coming when man who lost his dominion over the world, will again be given that dominion back to him. And, that rule (of all things) even the removal of death will continue on into eternity, forever.
Later we will see the example of people like Moses who turned his back on the riches of this world (his role as Pharaoh over Egypt) because he looked into the future and into heaven, and saw those vast riches which far exceeded all that this earth could offer. And, the riches of heaven will last forever. But that study of Moses (and others) will have to wait a bit. Moses could have been Pharaoh. He was the Crowned Prince. But he turned his back on that option for his life.
The Book of Hebrews begins to build a picture which sharply contrasts the picture which we saw in Ezekiel. Those folks, and anyone like them who were negative toward God, sought out the riches and pleasures of this world. They ignored God and ended up suffering horribly.
The remarkable thing is, that all of the glory and riches of this life and of heaven, are merely a daily Bible study 'habit,' away.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.