“What is man that Thou art so mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet Hebrews 2:6-8
What is man that God’s mind is preoccupied with thoughts of man? The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 8: 4-6 when he considers God having man as the focus of His attention.
If you read Psalm 8, it actually indicates God has made man, a little less than ‘Elohim’- that is – a little less than God Himself. Obviously through the years, man felt more and more inferior as a result of the damage of Adam’s fall, so it became so difficult to be so closely associated with God that the Hebrew writer rather resorted to saying: “a little less than the angels.”
“Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour.” When God crowns man, He is not trying to just decorate man with a lovely crown. God speaks of His Life, His Glory and His Kingdom extended in man. God speaks of His own dominion, being given to this being called man.
Man was created for applause, that is why man without God, finds him- or herself striving and boasting in the flesh, because he cannot settle for defeat. In his heart he longs for positive recognition, because God made man an awesome being – in His image and likeness.
God crowned him with glory and honour, putting everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to him he left nothing outside his control but as it is we do not see everything in subjection to him.
When asking: “What is man?,” we must go back to the original design in Jesus Christ. Because we are His workmanship, we have been recreated in Christ Jesus. He is the master copy as it were of our design, so if we consider our design we see that we are predestined to be conformed to the very image of the Son.
Romans 8:29 says: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”