WHAT IS MAN?
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to speak to you now on the subject, "What Is
Man?" We are living in a time when man is not given
proper dignity. Yet God dignifies man. We should
realize that from the Word of God.
In Psalm 8 the question is raised by David. "What is
man?" What is the purpose of man's life? What is he in
the economy of God? Is he just a worm of the dust? We
wonder about the earth itself, just a little speck in
the tremendous universe. Then we think of ourselves
and the entire human race, and we realize that we are
very, very little. We wonder, as we think of it all,
what is man, anyhow? What is his dignity? What is his
purpose in life?
May the Lord give us a blessing as we read. "O Lord,
our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth,
Who has set Thy glory above the heaven." The first
word "LORD" here is in capitals. The second word
"Lord" is in lower case letters, with a capital L. Now
there is a difference in the Hebrew words for "Lord"
here. When you find the word LORD in capital letters,
it is the Hebrew personal Name of God, YHWH,
translated, "Jehova." The Hebrew scholars believed
that the original pronunciation of the word was
Yah-weh. You are more familiar with the term
"Jehovah." Anyway, that is His personal Name, the
capitalized spelling. Now the second word Lord,
capital L followed by small case letters, ord is the
Hebrew, which means literally, "Master." So we have
here, "0 Jehovah, our Master." "LORD," all capital
letters, means "Jehovah, and in lower case letters it
"O Lord, our Master, how excellent is Thy Name in all
the earth, Who has set Thy glory above all the
heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast
Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies that
thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger." I want
to say in passing that GOD HAS ENEMIES. You know why?
Because there are those who do not want to DO ...
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