When the transcribers were transcribing the following verse, they changed it because it did not line up with their thoughts regarding the relationship between man and God:
What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor, gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority. Psalm 8:4-6 New Living Translation
Go ahead and look this scripture up in your Bible. The New International Version says angels, the English Standard version says heavenly beings, and the International Standard Version states divine. For centuries, it was thought we, mortal man, was third rank behind the God-head and the angels. Man could not be that close to God and transcribers all the way to recent translations find it hard to place mankind there.
God in verse 5 is actually the Hebrew word for God, Elohim. In fact, Elohim, is not translated God. It is translated as a plural noun, Gods. Elohim is found throughout the Old Testament beginning in Genesis 1:1 saying “in the beginning, the Gods created the heavens and the earth. . .”
Gods? Plural? Yes, it is the beauty of the God-head recorded throughout the Bible – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:26 the God-head discusses among themselves the timing of creating man using the plural pronoun, us:
Then God (Elohim) said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:26
We are sons and daughters of the Most High God. We have been adopted in His family and given us His name. We are royalty and we have the privilege and honor of walking into the throne room of God and enter His presence whenever we desire to be with Daddy God.
We have not been made ‘a little lower than the angel.’ Verse 6 tells us all things are under our authority and that includes creation – earth, weather, sun, moon, and galaxies – as well as heavenly beings. Angels are under our authority.
Angels fall into three categories. There are angels whose eternal responsibilities are to worship before the throne of God. Other angels are used as messengers of God. Finally, there are angels whose responsibilities are to protect the redeemed.
Every time I get on an airplane, I command my angels to protect the plane and to guard my travels. When we travel in our family’s RV, I tell angels to guard and protect our travels. They are the believer’s secret service team.
Psalm 34:7 says the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear the Lord. Psalm 91:11 says God will command His angels to protect and guard you where ever you go. Like the Israelites in Exodus 23:20, God even sends angels ahead of you where you go.
Many talk about their guardian angel in the singular sense. You can have your one angel. As a believer, I have a host of angels who protect and guard me, my family, and my dwelling.
He has created us, man, a little lower than Himself – not angels. I look at this verse from a sonship standpoint. I have the characteristics of Daddy God. As an adopted father of seven, my children are not blood related to myself. Yet, as the years go by, they begin to carry on my personality, humor, and passions. They have my name which is my authority.
One of my son recently told me of using one of my credit cards at a store which I occasionally give him permission. He was stopped but given clearance when they looked at the card and saw his last name was Rowland. He shared they said he didn’t have the first name but he had the last name. Honestly it should not have been done but the name gave him authority.
Begin walking out your sonship. You have been made a little lower than your heavenly Father. You are sons and daughters of the Most High God. You have been given His authority over all things. Begin using His name and discover the power you have as a child of God.