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Out of the Mouth of Babes
Psalms 8
Shared October 10th, 2019; Updated October 10th, 2019
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Lord, your glory is on display in your special creation called man: for though your work in the heavens is awesome, your authority is on display through mankind - from the cries of a baby that silence your enemies to man's dominion over the rest of creation.
Psalms 8:1-9
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your q name in all the earth!
O Yahweh, our Lord, your name is beyond compare in every corner of this earth.
κύριε ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ὡς θαυμαστὸν τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ
You have set your r glory above the heavens.
Even though you have put your glorious majesty on display far above the heavens - where everyone can see.
ὅτι ἐπήρθη ἡ μεγαλοπρέπειά σου ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν
s Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established t strength
nevertheless, you have made the coos and cries of the weakest of babies to declare your glory and power
ἐκ στόματος νηπίων καὶ θηλαζόντων κατηρτίσω αἶνον
because of your foes,
for the sake of all those who shout their opposition to you,
ἕνεκα τῶν ἐχθρῶν σου
to still u the enemy and the avenger.
in order to put those enemies to silence.
τοῦ καταλῦσαι ἐχθρὸν καὶ ἐκδικητήν
When I v look at your heavens, the work of your w fingers, the moon and the stars, x which you have set in place,
In similar fashion , just looking to the night sky, trying to soak it all in - the magnitude and grandeur of the universe and every body of light that you have set with precision,
ὅτι ὄψομαι τοὺς οὐρανούς ἔργα τῶν δακτύλων σου σελήνην καὶ ἀστέρας ἃ σὺ ἐθεμελίωσας
y what is man that you are z mindful of him,
leaves me overwhelmed with how puny we are. There is nothing in us that should warrant your attention,
τί ἐστιν ἄνθρωπος ὅτι μιμνῄσκῃ αὐτοῦ
and a the son of man that you b care for him?
that is, we have no significance as children of man that should call for your special care.
ἢ υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου ὅτι ἐπισκέπτῃ αὐτόν
Yet you have made him a little lower than c the heavenly beings 1
And yet, wonder of wonders! You have made this earth-bound creature to be just shy of the heavenly beings,
ἠλάττωσας αὐτὸν βραχύ τι παρ’ ἀγγέλους δόξῃ
and crowned him with d glory and honor.
and designed him as the crowning glory of all creation.
καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφάνωσας αὐτόν
You have given him e dominion over the works of your hands;
Moreover, you have given him responsibility as steward of your authority over all other creatures;
καὶ κατέστησας αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὰ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν σου
f you have put all things under his feet,
You have indeed made all things to be in submission to him,
πάντα ὑπέταξας ὑποκάτω τῶν ποδῶν αὐτοῦ
all sheep and oxen,
by "all things," I mean every living thing, whether tame farm animals,
πρόβατα καὶ βόας πάσας
and also the beasts of the field,
wild beasts,
ἔτι δὲ καὶ τὰ κτήνη τοῦ πεδίου
the birds of the heavens,
birds in the sky,
τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ
and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
fish of the sea, or anything that rides the ocean currents - I mean everything!
καὶ τοὺς ἰχθύας τῆς θαλάσσης τὰ διαπορευόμενα τρίβους θαλασσῶν
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
So I say again, O Yahweh, our Lord, your name is beyond compare in every corner of this earth.
κύριε ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ὡς θαυμαστὸν τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ
How to interpret 'man,' 'son of man,' 'him,' 'his' in vv. 4-8? plural - as inclusive of all humanity? singular - as David alone (though a sample of the whole)? singular and specific , i.e. uniquely Messiah? Especially at v. 4b, is David deliberately using the term, "son of man" as a specifically Messianic title? Hebrews 2:5-9, quotes v. 4-6 with reference first to mankind in general but then with specific reference to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the perfect man. The basic observation that the writer of Hebrews makes at the end of v. 8, " present we do not yet see everything in subjection to him," is a reality fully within David's grasp as well. So, it seems to me that David is writing concerning mankind in general (even with the term "son of man") but also with the prophetic vision that there would be one who would yet fulfill the creation-dominion design. To the question, "Is David speaking of mankind generally or Messiah specifically?" I borrow a phrase I recently heard DA Carson use in another context but seems fully appropriate here, "Both are true but which one is more fundamental?"
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