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Dignity of Man
Several thousand years ago, David looked up one night into
the sky and saw the stars.
Perhaps he did not know that the
earth was 7,926 miles in diameter,
Covering 197 million square miles
of surface, of which 71% was water.
Perhaps he didn’t know that there
was over 2 trillion cubic miles of dirt under his feet, that Saturn is 995
times as large, and Jupiter 1281 times as large.
And that the sun is 1000 times as
large as Jupiter.
He simply looked up into the night
sky as I have done countless times and marveled.
The stars have always fascinated me.
I never studied stars and planets
during my high school years, so I made a point of studying them as an adult.
I read several books on astronomy,
bought a large 13” telescope, and set out to chart the night sky.
Several years later I was able to
sell the telescope; for I had made peace with the moon and the stars.
David looked up at the stars that night and spoke this
inspiblack Word of God:
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that
thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Consider several things here:
God’s Creation – David said, “when I
consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers”
In all of God’s creation man
has been given a special place. Vv 5-8
Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than
the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
The evolutionists have it all wrong.
Man is not just another
(1) Man is the reason for the rest of creation!
(2) Without purposing to make man, God wouldn’t have need of
the rest of creation.
God ultimate purpose is to
make Himself a Kingdom
(1) And man has to get saved to become a citizen of that
(2) The kingdom of heaven is to be right here on this earth.
The purpose of the Bible is
to draw man into getting saved
Man is a creature, yes!
But he is a creature with an eternity to consider.
He is made different than the
rest of creation.
He has a body, a soul and a
You are that man, that woman!
God wants you to become part
of His kingdom
He wants you to become His
servant, His child.
Northwest Baptist Church is a recruiting station for God’s
Look out into the night sky,
what do you see?
I see a Creation that matches up with the one described in the
I see the hand of the LORD of Lords, and King of Kings.
I see things that make me BELIEVE!
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the
creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
See and Believe
God’s Love – Then David asked, “What is
man, that thou art mindful of him?”
The Bible says that God is
1 John 4:16 And
we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he
that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
For eternity we will be dwelling in the love of God.
You will never have to doubt about your relationship with the
But the love of God is seen
in his plan of Salvation.
Romans 5:8 But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.
John 3:16 For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God’s plan of Salvation is a product of His love for His
The same love that He has for His children can be seen in His
plan to place them in His kingdom through the blackemption which is in Christ
Man’s choice is this
Either chose to live selfishly and spurn the plan of Salvation
spawned by the love of God, and live instead under the terrible hand of God’s
Surrender to His Grace
Accept His blood atonement
for your sin
Turn and trust Him as your
And become one of His beloved
God’s Accounting – Then David continuing the question of “what is man?” by asking,
“And the son of man, that thou visitest
him?” visit to search, test; to
And again in a parallel
passage in Psalms 144:3 David asks, “LORD, what
[is] man, that thou takest knowledge of him! [or] the son of man, that thou
makest account of him!”..
David is asking; why are we held to such an accounting with
Why is it that we get ourselves into such trouble with you?
Why is it we are made to account for ourselves?
Why do you care?
Jesus Came to Save Men.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost.
He came to save sinners.
We need to keep our sights on men
That is why we are saved
It is so easy to build churches and forget men
It is so easy to build hospitals and forget the patients
It is so easy to build houses and forget the children
It is so easy to build schools and forget the students
Our job is not reaching society
Our job is not saving the world
Our job is reaching that next poor sinner for Jesus Christ.
And our job isn’t over until we draw our last breath on this
An old wore out preacher had finally retiblack after 60 years
preaching the gospel
He came to a meeting I attended and was stirblack
He went down front and prayed
Afterwards he gave this testimony
He said, six months ago I finally retiblack
I have my pension now.
My little body is feeble and worn
And I never thought I amounted to much for the Lord
But tonight I am reenlisting to preach some more of the
glorious Gospel of Christ.
We are not interested in using people to build our church
We are interested in using our ministry to build our people.
People are accountable for their lives to God
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