Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What did God make when He made man?

By all accounts, angels are bigger, stronger, and way more mighty than man.  When they appear men fall on their faces in fear.  They're always saying "Don't be afraid."  That is, when they're not slaying 185,000 men with a single wave of their hand.  When it comes to things on earth and with man, angels are fearsome, dreadful beings.

And I think that may go for all the other creatures in Heaven that we have tiny glimpses of throughout scripture- seraphim, and those flying creatures with no name... It's just that they live in Heaven and behold the face of God all the time, and all the works of His hands, and the light of His presence, and the increase of His government, and how everything is known, and even the rocks are living by His power, by His word... they can't help but carry power from that.

We, on the extreme other hand, can't see God. We're not really sure what all is going on in Heaven.  And we're astonishingly gullible creatures. It didn't take Satan long to take us captive and steal authority over the whole earth from us... We have limitations like only having 70 or 90 years to live (you know, versus forever for angels), we don't know God's will, or His true nature, or we know it poorly.  We, with veiled faces, see as through a glass dimly, the things of God.


So what exactly did God make when He made man?  We are obviously not His most mighty creature.  I have an inkling that when God made man, He in fact, made the weakest, most limited being He ever made.  What leads me to think this?  Well, He does say quite clearly how blessed are the poor and the weak, and how He regards the humble. How its the last that shall be first... And many more words about the value He places on lesser things. I think it may be that He has made us... lesser... In fact... least.

So I kind of laugh a little bit when we strive to become stronger or greater.  Its as though, even if you were to be great, and be a true leader of men, we are still just a room full of midgets arguing about who's tallest!  

In the big picture, God didn't make us big! 

So, where the heck am I going with this?  Well, being true to the purpose of this blog, I think I see in this a surprising aspect of God's nature that I really never expected... or even really ever heard of!


He made us smallest and weakest.  And He tells us, go ahead and take down the works and plans of Satan in the world. I'm getting the distinct impression that God laughs from Heaven with delight when we stuff it in Satan's face!  

I can hear Him say it like this, "Hah!  I made the weakest creatures I ever made in my life!!! And they can take whatever they want from My kingdom, bring it to earth, and walk all over you and your works!  And I will laugh from heaven!"  ...The way Jesus laughed when the disciples came back from healing the sick and casting out demons in His name.  He said, "I saw Satan falling from heaven like lightning!" You can't tell me Jesus wasn't stoked that day! 

I think God likes to display His true glory, power and Love in us, and maybe just as much likes to make a public spectacle of Satan and his supposed power through such a weak vessel as man.  I find some comfort in this knowledge. ...and more than a little bit of humor.

Colossians 2:14-15 "He canceled the record of charges against us and nailed them to the cross.  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities and made a public spectacle of them by his victory over them on the cross."


Tammie said...

,,,So That... HIS GLORY would be seen... CLEARLY.

It's about Him.

We are about Him.

Do It Lord Jesus!

Luke 4:18-19


Billy said...

I'm the midget that was striving to be tallest. But I find some comfort in seeing how purposefully God made me a weak vessel, how that's ok. In fact He calls it good. Its good that I'm a weak vessel for His use, and the only thing required is love for Him- uninhibited, unashamed love. I find a kind of rest in that.

Anonymous said...

what's one of my top 5 passages you ask? ;)

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

1Cr 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

1Cr 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

1Cr 1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are,

1Cr 1:29 so that no one may boast before him.

1Cr 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

1Cr 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." [fn]

cindy said...

Then the Lord answered, and said, "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. Who had laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has streched the line upon it? .... Do you know the ordinances of heaven? ..." Job 38:1,4,5,33

Natalie said...

Great blog and excellent writing! And the Inside I'm Just Jealous of My Friends' Blogs---hilarious! I look forward to reading more. Blessings:)

Anonymous said...

Not to say that we aren't physically the weakest being, but in return we pocess the power to love. We have inherited emotions from God that even the angels in Heaven cannot understand. Therefore, I feel as though we are like microscopic versions of what God represents himself as on Satan's turf (that being Earth).Those who show love,compassion and saddness are the most powerful beings besides God because we represent who Satan despises. Not only does he despise us but Satan is outstandingly jealous because we have these qualities that make us more powerful than Satan himself. The reasons why we are physically weak are because God is showing Satan that he can be as powerful and manipulative as he tries, but no matter what he will still be unworthy and lacking because he does not pocess the most powerful weapon in existance. Love.

Billy said...

How sad for Satan to be found unworthy. How happy for us to be found worthy in the forgiveness and Love of Jesus. Thank you "anonymous" we wield the weapons of eternity, Love being the mightiest. Continue to question the arrogant darkness with the questions of Heaven! Continue to Love in the face of the arrogant (and unworthy) one.