What is Man?

What is Man?

"O Lord, what is man, that you take knowledge of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a
fleeting shadow." Psalm 144:3-4

"What is man?" Man as a creature is one of the finest productions of God's power, one of the most marvelous displays of God's creative wisdom. He is only a little lower than the angels. God made man in his own image. But man is not now--what he once was.

He stood erect once--he lies prostrate now.

He was holy and upright once--he is polluted and unrighteous now.
He was all God could wish him to be--he is now altogether polluted and depraved.

In his state--he is a criminal.
In his nature--he is corrupt.

In his conduct--he is become altogether abominable.
His heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.

His understanding is darkened.
"All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good, not even one.
Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.
The poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways, and
the way of peace they do not know.

There is no fear of God before their eyes." Romans 3:12-18.

This is God's own representation of man--of man left to himself--of man as he appears before the eye of the heart-searching and thought-trying God!

"What is man?" He is the lowest and most loathsome of God's intelligent creation--and yet God thinks of him, pities him, speaks to him, and has, at an infinite cost, opened a way of escape for him, from all his sins and miseries, to perfect holiness and endless joy.

"What is man?" He is the most degraded, ungrateful, and base of all creatures. He has not his equal for sin, and therefore he is most criminal in the sight of God. And yet for all this, God loves him, and has devised means that he should not be finally expelled from him.

"Even the Heavens are not pure in his eyes--how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!" Job 15:15-16