Devotional: ‘What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?’

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Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 

Consider the three-fold aspect of Moses’ question.

1) “Who is like thee … in power?”

There is one great question that the theory of evolution cannot answer- “How did something create itself out of nothing by its own power?” Though many will scoff at it, the Bible alone gives us an answer to that important question. “In the beginning God created …” (Genesis 1:1) God, who is awesome in power created all there is.

What is man in comparison to that? Who among us can create something from nothing? None of us can. Therefore the answer to Moses’ question is – ‘No one is like God in power.’

2) “Who is like thee … in majesty?”

Moses’ second question was – ‘Who is like thee,… fearful in praises?’ In other words, what is man in comparison to the majesty of God? Solomon faced that problem when he was given the task of building God a temple. “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” (1 Kings 8:27)

Some of have estimated that in today’s terms, Solomon’s temple would have been worth millions, if not billions of dollars. Yet Solomon realized that his magnificent structure was woefully insufficient to house the majesty of God.

3) “Who is like thee… in holiness?

We read from the Bible – Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Though some may try to argue with this and claim to be good, Jesus said that only God is good. (see Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19) Isaiah tells us that even our righteous acts are like filthy rags in comparison to the holiness of God. (Is 64:6)

Only when we begin to see our sinfulness in light of God’s holiness, will we able to begin to appreciate the wonder of His grace. John Newton said it best in his song- Amazing Grace: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!”


 

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