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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 17 May

In Psalm 8 we find David, a writer of many of the psalms, pondering the question, “What is man?” David is pondering in his own mind just who is man or what is man? Where does man fit with the rest of creation? Is man above or below the angels?

As we turn to Genesis 1 and 2 we find that man or human beings are created. God created man. And yet such a statement does not completely answer David’s question nor does it answer some of the questions we have. Why am I here? What is my purpose? Why am I alive?

Another set of questions arise? Why does man mistreat one another? If God’s creation is good, what has happened that brought evil into the world? Why can man be compassionate and loving and try and harm one another? Why does man not only mistreat one another but also destroy creation through exploitation?

Do we have answers to such questions? We do! But are prepared to accept the answers? Man’s problem is that he has rebelled against the God who has created him. Such rebellion has now impacted his relationship with God. The choice Adam and Eve made in the garden has now impacted their relationship with one another. And their sin has impacted on God’s good creation.

There is an answer to the problem should man care to accept the solution. Where Adam disobeyed, Jesus Christ obeyed and reverses the impact of Adam’s disobedience. What is man? Man is made in the image of God to bring glory to Him!