What is man?

  • Men are often brave, yet more often cowardly
  • Men are often fearless, yet more often fearful
  • Men are often generous, yet more often greedy
  • Men are often honest, yet more often deceitful
  • Men are often industrious, yet more often lazy
  • Men are often noble, yet more often despicable
  • Men are often strong, yet more often weak

Just what is man that God should consider him? Job asked God twice what is man that God should consider him:

Job 7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

You see, the Lord has set His heart upon man. He has magnified us and raised us up from the pit. He has imputed the very righteous of His beloved Son to us! At least, to those who profess belief in the Holy Anointed One – Yeshua and trust in His atoning and redeeming work on the cross.

Psalms 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalms 144:3 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

David understood why God loved man so much. In all his sinfulness, David is called a man after God’s own heart – by God Himself! It took a while, but Solomon finally understood too. After being the wisest man who ever lived, with riches heaped upon riches, and wasting all that and finally feeling like a complete failure, Solomon understood – we men are accountable to God; and to God alone.

When we sin, we sin against God. When we fall short of the mark, we embarrass our God. When we misuse resources or people, we sin against the High and Lofty One. Our sins are not small or personal. When we sin, we sin against God. Period; there is no excuse, mitigation or reprieve possible. We must humble ourselves before our Father and ask for His forgiveness. You see, God is our Father and He has extended His grace, His mercy and His protection over us to include us as part of His family. It is not our reputation or character that is on the line – it is His! Consider that and dwell long on it before you take the next opportunity that presents itself to fall short of the mark of holiness.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

God bless you in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, the holy anointed one of Israel! May God fill you with a desire to obey and glorify Him! May He grant you great favor, great joy and great peace as you walk with Him through this dark and treacherous world we live in.

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