How Excellent is Your Name [Advent; Week 2]

Advent Adventure Through the Psalms

How Excellent is Your Name!

Week two of our Advent celebration is here. In our consideration of the Coming of the Christ into the World, this week we consider that It was a part of God’s plan. This plan has been spoken of since man first departed from God through sin.

Again, the four Sundays as we celebrate them are: 1) Creation and the Fall, God’s authority and our need.  2) Prophecies of Christ, His plan to redeem is foretold.  3)The first Coming (Advent) of Christ, His earthly ministry. 4) the second Coming (Advent) of Christ, His heavenly reign.

After the straight on discussion about our sin last week from Psalm 5, we take comfort in the idea that God has had a plan all along to remedy our self-inflicted malady.

Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

God has, from the beginning, been glorified in His dealings with His people as He has provided for and prospered them in overcoming this insurmountable obstruction to fellowship with Him.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.

As far back as sin itself there has been the promise of a Redeemer who would come from the woman. As we learned last week, we can trace that promise from there to Abraham and then to the Nation of Israel. Finally we see it narrowed to the family of David. In Psalm 8 we see that David was bridging the gap from Creation (before the Fall) to the Consummation (after Jesus sets it all right again).

In order to bring it all together we need to see it from the Apostle Paul’s eyes as he uses this Psalm in Hebrews 2:5-9 and 1 Corinthians 15: 21-27.

Hebrews 2:5-9 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.  6  But one testified in a certain place, saying: “WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM, OR THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF HIM?  7  YOU HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND SET HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.  8  YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.  9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

As the Apostle exalts Christ to the Hebrew Christians he quotes Psalm 8:4-6.  But notice that he begins by stating that it is not the present world that he has in  mind; Hebrews 2:5 “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.” The “world to come” is being spoken of here.  Then he quotes Psalm 8:4-6.

The commentary is what is most interesting; Hebrews 2:8 “For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” And so, this Psalm is actually about the future. “But now we do not yet see all things under him.” Every creature in the world is not under the dominion of man. That is obvious from the state of the world. But there is another Man that Paul directs our focus to.

Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Here is yet another prophecy of Christ’s coming into the world. That creation that was once at the service of man (Genesis 1:26) but was lost in the fall of Adam is only restored when our “Last Adam” comes and sets things right. Jesus, God made a little lower than the angels, comes. Through His coming and His humiliation we are brought back into a right relationship to God. The “Seed of the Woman” of Genesis 3:15, The “Blessing” of Abraham from Genesis 12:3, The “Fruit” of David from Psalm 13:11 all come to fruition here.

The Glory of God is set above the heavens. He is exalted beyond measure as we consider His great feat of deliverance. As we consider that by His own design He has lowered Himself that He might elevate the traitors who have betrayed Him. As we begin to try and understand an Infant in a feed trough it must be understood through this lens.

I have only scratched the surface in this post. I would encourage you to listen to the audio of the sermon by clicking the link below. I pray that as you do that the Lord would enliven you perception of this Celebration and a make you say with David, “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your Name in all the earth!”

How Excellent is Your Name!

In Christ!

Kevin

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