Carlton McPeak

Carlton McPeak

 
The great King David of Israel, wrote a psalm pondering a very great question. He asked, “O Lord, our Lord … What is man, that Thou does take thought of him? And the Son of man, that Thou dost care for him” (Psalms 8:4)?

David said when he considered all the moons and stars in the heavens, created by the finger of God, he was amazed that God would be mindful of us. He goes on to say that God had made man a “little lower than God” (v. 5); and that God putting all things in subjection to mankind was “mind blowing” to David. But maybe the most amazing thing God has done for mankind, according to David, is that God has crowned every one with “glory and majesty!”

If we also ponder this great question, we must conclude that God has created everything for our benefit. All that is in the world; all that makes up the world in some way is for the benefit of mankind. While we might not be able to comprehend or understand it, everything benefits all of humanity, both the good and evil.

Approximately 1,000 years later, the writer of Hebrews (2:6-10) uses this psalm to speak of Jesus and how God put all things in subject to Jesus. He gives reasons why God was mindful of the “Son of Man,” namely Jesus. How God crowned Jesus “with glory and honor” because of the death He suffered (2:9) and through this death was the perfect “author” of our salvation (2:10).

The Hebrews writer also points out that it was through the “grace of God” that Jesus “might taste death for everyone” (2:9). This death was necessary because mankind, by their sins, had separated themselves from God, thereby experiencing “death.” From the very beginning God had stated the punishment for sin was death, both a physical and spiritual death.

Even in the death of Jesus, God was mindful of both men and women. God knew that for humanity to die spiritually would prevent anyone from living with Him for eternity. So to eliminate this consequence He provided a way, before the world began, which would allow Jesus to experience physical death for each person and thereby substitute His death for ours.

Meditating upon these two passages, one must conclude that God is very mindful of us. As we consider all His craftsmanship which is for our benefit we should be in awe of this great being. As we consider the provisions He made for mankind’s salvation we truly see the grace of God. Upon evaluating all this, we must conclude and be motivated to fervently be living God’s way.

Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at carlton_mc@msn.com.

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