The verses in Psalms 8 have an interesting history to their interpretation. Some believe David is speaking about the Messiah through these verses and some think he is just talking about the average human being.
For me, God is speaking through David to tell all His plan of Salvation, Jesus Christ!
So, why do you think David is speaking about Jesus?
We have many solid arguments for the view that David is speaking of Jesus in these verses. Some of these arguments include:
Hebrews 2:7 and 9:
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Bold emphasis added)
Hebrews clearly says, as you can see, that Psalms 8:4-5 is referring to the Messiah! And since we know the Bible to be the Word of God we can safely say that Hebrews is right.
The Son of Man refers to Christ often. Although many have been called the ‘son of man” the context of this verse suggests it is the Messiah “Son of Man” it is talking about.
‘Little lower then the angels’ is interpreted as ‘to lack, or fail’ (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary). Hebrews 2:9 says ” . . . who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death . . ” we all know that you can only die or suffer death if you have sinned. And if Jesus took our sins upon Himself He would be lowering Himself beneath the angels.
So, as you can see, Christ is clearly being spoken of above. Another amazing chapter that speaks of Christ is below.
Isaiah 53 is one of my all-time favorites chapters in the Bible. I have never looked at a more poetic, prophetic, amazing and clear passage in the Bible!
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to His own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a Sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
9 And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Verses 1-2: The arm of the LORD it is talking of is clearly the actions God is going to go through to reveal the Messiah! It is an interesting note for the reader of verse 2 to notice that when Jesus Christ rose from the dead it was on the feasts of First Fruits when a priest went out to the fields to see if any seeds had emerged. When he saw a small, tender and weak plant sticking out of the ground, he carefully scooped it up and brought it back to the temple where he sacrificed it to God.
Verse 2 says that ‘He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant’ Interesting how the feast of the First Fruits was on the exact day and perhaps hour that Jesus rose from the dead! Now, also, when a seed sticks its’ head out it maybe pretty but it has no value. You can’t eat a seedling. Verse 2 relates that to Jesus, ‘He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.’ This goes perfectly with Nathanael’s famous words, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
Verse 3-4: What could describe Jesus’ last hours before dying no the cross than the beginning of verse 3? He is despised, He is rejected, He is a man of sorrows and those who had followed Him hid (Matthew 26:56). We brought the Roman regiment better pleasure then to wipe and strike a man that had supposedly tried to usurp the throne? What gave the Pharisees better glee then seeing their enemy, God Almighty, hanging in front of their eyes? What gave the religious sects better satisfactions then to see their Savior bleeding for them? They saw Him through dark glasses!
Verse 5-6: Jesus was whipped 39 times! But, these weren’t just a little whip people use on horses or other animals. No, this whip they flogged Him with is a force to be reckoned with.
Design: Long, with bones and sharp objects intertwined within the straps of leather.
Wielders: Strong Romans, with years of practice!
A flagrum beating by a Roman soldier killed many men before they could reach a cross. When Jesus was whipped so bad He was tied to a low post, this stretched His back skin and made it easier to tear.
It just goes beyond me about how all us sheep can go astray from the LORD and it is the very God we rejected that comes down to earth to take our sins away and put them on His Son! His ONLY begotten Son!!!!
Verse 7-9: In the beginning when Adam and Eve disobeyed God they were brought to justice and because of their sin they died. But, the interesting fact in that sentence is that Adam and Eve didn’t die until after they sinned. We may not think of it much but do you know a human can not die unless they have sinned?
OK, but how did Jesus die? You may think that is a contradiction in the Bible. How could Jesus be sinless yet die because of sin?
Here’s the thing, Jesus didn’t die because of His sin, He had none, He died because of our sin! Here is a scenario to illustrate this point:
Bill just committed a crime.
Will witnessed the crime and covers for Bill by taking the punishment.
Will gets punished for a crime, yet he is not guilty.
Sounds pretty simple when put n that scenario doesn’t it? The same thing goes for Jesus and our sins thrown upon Him. Jesus bore the punishment without the crime!
Verses 10-12: In the last commentary we explored the question about whether or not Jesus was sinless or not. In this verse we see more than just the punishment of sin being taken away we see the sin being taken away!
As verse 12 describes Jesus poured out His soul unto death. Without bearing and taking our sin away from us Jesus wouldn’t have died. Remember, Jesus wasn’t a sinner, He just took the punishment and sin away from us.
So, as Isaiah 53 comes to a conclusion it is no doubt to me that this chapter is foretelling the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!