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:
A little lower than the angels? What does that mean? After all, the angels are in God’s presence and we mortals are down here slogging through our lives on earth. Aren’t we a lot lower than the angels?
According to Strong’s numbers, the word lower indicates to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need. Indeed, compared to the angels, we lack quite a lot. God’s physical presence, immortality; the privilege of existing only to serve God; sinlessness; powers that we cannot begin to imagine.
But we are only a little lower than the angels. They have power over us only if God so allows. And there is one thing man can experience that angels cannot: We can be forgiven of our sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Angels have never felt the joy of salvation, but can only watch and and rejoice as each human soul comes to Christ.
Also, angels have not been given dominion over the works of God’s hands! They are not crowned by God with glory and honor in the same way that mankind is.
I Peter 1:10-16 gives us some insight into what even the angels want to look into. They are not omniscient. Of course, neither are we, but we have the Word of God to help us search out His plans for us.
He has given us dominion over His creation. That’s something to ponder, isn’t it? It means we have a responsibility as stewards of all that He has created. We are not to abuse His creation, but to watch over it, to use it wisely for our good and His glory.
The environmental alarmists want us to believe that we’re going to destroy the earth any minute. I wish I could reassure them that it will be God Who will destroy both the heavens and the earth in His own time, and there is nothing we can do, no law we can make, no organization we can devise, to prevent that from happening.
In the meantime, we are to enjoy what God has created; we are to care for it; we even have dominion over animals that are far bigger and stronger than we are, and we are also appointed to be good stewards over them. I believe, for instance, that the wanton destruction of thousands of buffalo in the 1800’s, which was done not for survival, but for profit, was despicable in God’s eyes. The meat was left to rot while the hides were sold at a huge profit to those who thought they needed such things. Today, the destruction of elephants for their ivory is also a desecration of God’s intention for us to be good stewards over His creation.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not an alarmist about the environment. To me, closing down the oil pipelines is nothing more than a nod to the One-World-Government, robbing America of our independence and making us grovel to nations who hate us, begging them for oil. Such nonsense. We’re “saving the world” by shutting own oil drilling while we beg for oil from somewhere else.
And no, I will not debate you on this topic.
One take-away for me from this passage is that we–I–am crowned by God with glory and honor! That’s a high standard to which we are to live.
God, give me the grace and wisdom to live as You would have me to live!