The writer of Hebrews admitted to not remembering exactly where God’s word was written. “But one has testified somewhere, saying, ‘WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?” (Hebrews 2:6) Did he meditate on them when hearing or reading the book of Job? Maybe he remembers it from the Book of Psalms? (Psalm 8:4; 144:3) What is important is that they were now written in his heart.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (Hebrews 2:6)
What is man that God would bother to think of him, never mind care? What is man?Quickly comes the image of a brute. Different kinds come to mind with their personal descriptors. “Strong as a Bull”, “Dumb as an Ox”, “Sly as a Fox”, “Greedy as a Pig” you get the idea. Man’s characteristic is usually not described as “Harmless as a Dove.”
We can be mean and spiteful, arrogant and thoughtless, violent, unforgiving, defensive, offensive, self-absorbed and intentionally blind to the needs of others. “What is man that You magnify him, and are concerned about him, ….” (Job 7:17) The answer is found in God’s loving purpose for man.
“YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” (Hebrews 2:7-8)
Somewhere it is written “God is patient not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” He has a wonderful eternal purpose for His children, those who “abide in Christ.”