What is the glory of man? “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:(1 Pe.1:24;Ps.103:15). The Spirit in setting forth the narrative body of Scripture gives us objective lessons and it is for deepening our understanding. We are tripartite beings having body, spirit and soul. So study of the word of God is not only by our head but also from our heart. We all know God is Love which is our head telling the truth. But with the heart we prove it. So we apply both spirit and soul to testify love of God in our deeds. In short all three work as one even as God is One. Spirit and the Son are equally present. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen (1 John 4:20-NIV).” Ask ourselves how real is our love when we see our brethren through blinkers of color race and in terms of wealth. Our cultural baggage speaks of carnal nature. We take pride in our heritage and of our founding fathers and our Laws. There is glory but it is as with body of men is not real. When Jeremiah speaks of them he says, ‘but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds(v.5). Instead what they have given is bondage of being slave to cultural baggage that is ever pressing us down so no glory of God can be seen. When we are in Christ we are new creature. But have we really overcome our former nature? National identity based on color or race has no place for a child of God. It is all the more reason to dig deeper into what makes the glory of God sit correctly on us.
Glory of man is like grass. Transience of man is often compared to a flower. “Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure(Job.14:2)”. The Spirit speaks of separating the light from darkness even before the nuts and bolts of our physical world were set in place. Regard the vv.3-4. in the Creation account (Ge. 1). Light separate from the light of the sun and stars is the topic here. It is the glory of God and It is to be understood spiritually as intended by God. Glory in the sense it is Power and Wisdom of God on an active mode. Name encapsulates it and when Mary exults,’ Holy is his name(Lk.1:49),’ it is validation of the Holy Spirit that ‘with God nothing shall be possible(Lk. 1:37)’ God had seen each of us before the worlds began and it was in God’s Time. Predestination as a theological concept and the glory of God who shall fulfill it go hand in hand. When Jesus prayed before his hour had come what does he say? “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5).” It is the selfsame glory with which the earth (which was without form and void) shall become new earth in God’s Time. So when we speak of spiritual discernment we need to understand even the lowly things help to shore up our faith. (Matt.6:25-30). It is only one aspect of the glory of God helping man in his spiritual edification. So when Spirit uses symbols as a narrative tool, parables and allegories we shall appreciate the glory of God has for our soul spirit and body.
O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.