…there is a place where someone has testified:
‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour and put everything under their feet.’
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
The words that the writer of the letter to the Hebrews quotes from may be found in Psalm 8. The psalmist considers the vast expanse of God’s creation and wonders how mankind could be considered of any worth in relation to that. Could God consider the worth of mere humans? Could he care for them? Well, he placed them just a little bit lower than the angels, and he gave them glory, honour and dominion, so that is quite something.
Jesus, like us, was made a little lower than the angels. There was a time when he, the Word of God, created the angelic hosts. We should not think that being lower than the angels makes us less important to God. Angels were created to serve God and do his bidding. You and I were created that we might, in Jesus, become children of God. We will rise in the hierarchy. See what Paul says about angels.
1 Corinthians 6:1-3
If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
I have no idea why or how I will judge angels, but Paul is in no doubt about it.
Why might there be a need to judge angels?
Are all angels obedient to God?
Father God, I am only a little lower than the angels, and they are amazing! I rejoice that you have created me, and that there will come a time when I and all your redeemed will stand above the angels, for we shall become family. Amen.