June 26 Petition Mission

“What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him” (Job 7:17)?

Considering the seeming infinitude of space, the psalmist asked a similar question, but with the opposite emphasis: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Ps 8:4). The writer to the Hebrews quotes the Septuagint of Psalm 8, applying this to the Incarnation: “What is…the son of man that You TAKE CARE OF him?” (Heb 2:6).

Job emphasizes the exalting of man by God’s grace; David underscores the humbling of the Lord in visiting earth. But the writer to the Hebrews links the two: the humbling of Christ now leads to the believer’s exaltation. Job rejoiced that God has set His heart on us; David, that He had come to visit us; the writer to the Hebrews, that He has come to take care of us!

Think of it — particles of humanity precious to the God of the supernovas; one soul more valuable to Him than the rest of the universe combined.