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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalms 8:4

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"WHAT IS MAN?"
Intro: One day this past summer I had breakfast in New York, ate lunch at home and dinner in Hawaii. Flying over the U.S. on a clear day, aware of impact of man upon this planet. Saw cities, smoke from factories, Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams. The earth has developed to what it is because of man, not cats.
I. A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF MAN MUST BEGIN WITH GOD.
"O LORD OUR LORD"
A. LORD all caps indicates the name of our God. Heb. Yaweh or Jehovah. "I AM" or "the Becoming One."
1. The name expresses His desired relationship to you. To become to you whatever you my need.
2. Jehovah-Jireh; Jehovah-Rapha; Shalom.
B. Lord is title "adonai" master.
1. This expresses our proper relationship to Him.
2. To properly understand man, must see him in this perspective.
a. If I start with man I will exalt man.
b. When I start with God, man shrinks to proper place in creation. I worship creator.
C. "You have set your glory above the heavens."
1. David spent many nights sleeping under the stars.
2. "The heavens declare the glory of God."
3. "When I consider the heavens."
4. Man glories in his accomplishment of flying to the moon and dreams of visiting planets beyond.
5. When I consider the heavens, what is man?
II. WHAT IS MAN?
A. That God is mindful of Him.
1. Never think of God as detached from His creation.
a. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing, 1/2 cent.
b. Not one of them falls without your Father's awareness.
2. God thinks about me!
B. God visited him.
1. "In the beginning was the Word... and the Word was made flesh..."
2. "Great is the mystery of Godliness, He was manifested in the flesh."
C. "For thou hast made him."
1. For years some of the brainiest men have been trying to convince us that we are the product of a series of fortunate occurrences of accidental circumstances, on an earth that was randomly formed by a big bang.
2. You are here by accident and will probably leave by accident.
3. They tell you that God was created by man in his own image, rather than the reverse.
4. Man is thus reduced to an illogical entity without a rational base.
a. That is dehumanizing and humiliating.
b. I am no more than an accident living on a puddle in the middle of a muddle.
D. "Made Him a little lower than the angels."
1. Here we see man in his true order.
a. God, angels, man, animals, plants.
b. A little lower than the angels far superior to little higher that the ape.
c. So an ape can be taught to do tricks.
1. That's a long way from designing a circuit or operating on the cornea of the eye.
E. "Crowned him with glory and honor."
1. We see that God has made us the highest order of observable creatures on the earth.
2. He has endowed us with inventive genius so we have created hydrogen bombs and placed them on ICBMs and can annihilate an enemy anywhere in the world.
3. We now seek to create weapons more sophisticated and selective, just kill men, not destroy their buildings.
4. Somewhere man has fallen from the image of God.
Sermon Notes for Psalm 8:3, 4 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Psalm 17:15 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Job 1:20-22 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Proverbs 1:7 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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