God Is Not a Man

Introduction

Num. 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Why does this verse state the obvious? Several reasons come to mind, to remind people that God’s Word is Truth, and one should never put a man in place of God. Ancient myths do just that. Tammuz, Perseus and Hercules among others were sons of such gods a Nimrod or Zeus; thus they were god-men. These myths die hard and are part of the traditions of many religions.

However, God created man to be a son of man, an awesome being in his own right as several biblical people demonstrate. God did adopt and does adopt humans and make them His Sons (or Daughters).

Psa. 8:4-5 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!

The sons of man have the capability to be like God in character; that is why God considers man. Throughout history, He gave authority to men, sons of men, to do great things: build an ark, be a father of the faithful, lead a nation out of slavery and much more.

Job 35:8 “Your wickedness is for a man like yourself,
And your righteousness is for a son of man.

True sons of men are strong toward God and act righteously as He is righteous; others act against their Creator in many ways.

Psa. 80:17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.

Is. 51:12 ¶ “I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies
And of the son of man who is made like grass,

Is. 56:1-2 Thus says the LORD, “Preserve justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to comeAnd My righteousness to be revealed. “How blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who takes hold of it; Who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Made in the Image of God (authority)

God gave man, whom He made in His likeness, authority; man could not have it unless God who has all authority could give it. Man rules over all living creatures on earth as some animal trainers show. Man does not have authority over the heavens, the atmosphere to the planets, stars and God’s abode, just the living things on the earth.

Gen. 1:26-28 ¶ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Heb. 2:6-29 But one has testified somewhere, saying,
“WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? “YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

God gave mankind the authority to rule over the creation because he is made in the image of God; thus, the son of man fulfilled the moral code to enable him to rule, heal, walk on water, etc. The son of man, therefore, gets his authority from heaven because he, as a sinless human being, paid the death penalty for the sins of all other humans.

“Following the cohortative (“let us make”), the prefixed verb form with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result (see Gen 19:20; 34:23; 2 Sam 3:21). God’s purpose in giving humankind his image is that they might rule the created order on behalf of the heavenly king and his royal court. So the divine image, however it is defined, gives humankind the capacity and/or authority to rule.” – Net Bible note.

Hereditary

Son of David, Joseph…

Mythology, as said above, has many demigods. To make sure we know that the Savior was a human being like all others because pre-existent, a non, or part, human like Perseus or Hercules, could not save humans because they were not fully human, the Bible gives us his genealogy.

Matt 1:1 This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matt. 1:16-17 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Luke 4:22 And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
John 6:42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?”

To belabor the point: other verses, which sound like a mythological Jesus, are part of a traditional, non inspired, addition to the Sacred Scriptures.

Finally, another verse attesting to Jesus’ being the son of man.

Acts 13:22-23 “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.’ “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,

Ezekiel

In Ezekiel, son of man is mentioned some 93 times and means a human being, that human one is Ezekiel himself. In linguistic science, when a certain term is repeated even a dozen or so times, it is called redundancy, which means the term means what it says. Ninety-five repetitions mean an almost perfect redundancy; a son of man means a person, a human being, nothing else.

Dan 7:13-14 “And with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man was approaching. He went up to the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him. To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty. All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving him. His authority is eternal and will not pass away. His kingdom will not be destroyed.“And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominionWhich will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.

“This text is probably the main OT background for Jesus’ use of the term “son of man.” In both Jewish and Christian circles the reference in the book of Daniel has traditionally been understood to refer to an individual, usually in a messianic sense. Many modern scholars, however, understand the reference to have a corporate identity. In this view, the “son of man” is to be equated with the “holy ones” (vv. 18, 21, 22, 25) or the “people of the holy ones” (v. 27) and understood as a reference to the Jewish people. Others understand Daniel’s reference to be to the angel Michael.” – Net Bible note.

Matt. 16:28 ¶ “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Dan. 8:17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”

Some use the following verses to give Jesus a mythological personage by using a traditional term for the Greek, “katabaino, from 2596 and the base of 939; to descend (literally or figuratively)”, to give the implication Jesus descend literally rather than descending from heaven as God’s forming man in His image and being the son of man, and the son of God as all humans are, whether they live up to His image or not.

John 3:13 “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. See also, John 6:62

Serve

The son of man, particularly Jesus, has the mind of God, God within. Therefore, he wants to serve others helping and giving of himself. Jesus, for example, fed the hungry, changed water to wine at a wedding, washed the disciples’ feet, healed the ailing and died for all sinners, which saved them from death.

Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Phil. 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Phil. 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

Lord of the Sabbath

God rested on the Sabbath, the day He put the sun and moon in the heavens as signs for festivals like the Sabbath. Those made in His image, sons of man, being righteous also rest on the day the Creator rested.

Is. 56:2 “How blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who takes hold of it; Who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Since God gives the sons of man authority over many things including the Sabbath. The things Jesus did on the Sabbath was preach, heal, feed the hungry. The Sabbath and Holy Days do have authority over the sons of man, but enjoin them to learn more of and to worship the Heavenly Father. Doing all manner of good gives the sons of man authority over the Sabbath instead of the ways of man imposing impositions of people keeping the Day. The sons of man serve their Father in Heaven while resting from serving their needs and wants by laboring honestly.

Matt. 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Forgive Sins

Throughout the Old Testament, people have asked God to forgive individuals’ sins; so, too, the son of man, forgave sins under the authority granted to him by His Father and Our Father, His God and Our God. Since sin causes sickness and death, being forgiven of sin and healed of mind, will bring healing to the body as well for those who believe and accept it.

Matt. 9:6 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”

Col. 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Eph. 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Eph. 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Just as Jesus had the authority, like the righteous of old, to forgive sins, the sons of man can also forgive sins, which God accepts as forgiven, or not if the sons do not forgive.

John 20:23 “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”

Save

Noah, Abraham, Moses and others saved mankind from destruction and death as sons of man. Of course, Jesus saved people ultimately from the bonds of death because he, as the sinless son of man, died in place of sinners, thus saving them when they accept their salvation and life like the righteous sons of man.

2Kings 14:27 The LORD did not say that He would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

The powerful note in the following verse is the son of man seeks out those who would be saved. His message, spoken then, and echoed now in the verses of the New Testament searches for the minds of those who would repent and believe the Gospel. Every day these words go about the land searching for those who would hear and be saved now.

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

God’s Word within a person’s mind gives that mind the godly power of love. When God sent His adopted son to die for others’ sins, that demonstrates God’s love in that He consigned His beloved to death, and, of course, that death gives all the potential for eternal life. God’s love always comes first.

1John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in (or toward) us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

Even after he died for people’s sins, Jesus obtained forgiveness for them as well.

Heb. 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to intervene for them.

End Time

All the righteous sons of man leading up to Jesus have provided life and life more abundantly and eternal life. First, Jesus, the son of man will return in full force to reclaim the Earth for God. Then all the righteous sons of man will be changed from flesh to spirit, when they are resurrected as Jesus was.

Matt. 16:28 ¶ “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”


Matt. 17:1-5 ¶ Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

Rev. 1:13-16 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

Further in Revelation 14:14 we see the reference to the prophecy in Daniel.

Rev. 14:14 ¶ Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. (note on son of man)

“This phrase [son of man] constitutes an allusion to Dan 7:13. [This refers] lit. ‘the son of the man’…‘the human being, the human one, the man’…” Net Bible

It is important to note that the term is the son of man, not the son of woman.

Matthew continues the thought first expressed in Daniel.

Matt. 24:30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
Matt. 24:31 “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Whether in 2012, or at some other time in the future, we must be ready to receive the son of man at his coming to rule on Earth for a thousand years.

Matt. 24:44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Rev. 14:14 ¶ Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.

God entrusted salvation to sons of man, as said above, from Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and many others. For a righteous and sinless son of man died for all others who sinned and came short of the Law. God created man in His image and the righteous sons of man, particularly Jesus, proved God’s creation was not only not in vain, but also returned the greatest good.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,

Sabbath Christian Church

 

 

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