Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Made Human

Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the liturgical calendar. It is, at Bethel, the Sunday on which we recognize our high school grads. We will parade them in the sanctuary to "Pomp and Circumstance" where they will sit all in a row in front of their parents and families. Knowing all this, I chose to preach from the Psalm. The Psalm for the day is Psalm 8, David's stirring Psalm of praise to God.

He goes out under the night time sky and says: "When I look at the heavens, the moon and the stars, which you have made, and all creation I ask: 'what are human beings that you are mindful of them, their children that you care for them?'" He goes on: "You have made them "a little less than God, and crowned them with glory and honor." The King James Bible translates this verse to say: "You have made them a little lower than the angels..."

I guess the translators of the King James couldn't bring themselves to say that God had created human beings "a little less than God..."

That is an interesting phrase, don't you think? "A little less than God." The accompanying lesson from the Old Testament for Sunday is the creation story.

I plan to work on what it means to be "a little less than God..." It's a mixed bag for me. These young people have, on the whole, grown up in a world of violence, and hatred and greed. And, they have been affirmed to death. And, because we were afraid they wouldn't be affirmed enough, we affirmed them some more.

So, what does it mean: "a little less than God..."?


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