Psalm 8 and The Image of God

Psalm 8 and The Image of God

Psalm 8:1
Psalm 8:2
Matthew 21:15-16
Ephesians 5:20-21
Psalm 8:3-4

“When gods were man, they did forced labor, they bore drudgery. Great indeed was the drudgery of the gods, the forced labor was heavy, the misery too much: The seven greater gods were burdening the lower gods with forced labor”
The Epic of Atrahasis

“What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man… that you care for him.”

Psalm 8:5-8
Genesis 1:26-28

“Just as powerful earthly kings, to indicate their claim to dominion, erect an image of themselves in the provinces of their empire where they do not personally appear, so humanity is placed upon earth in God’s image as God’s sovereign emblem.”
– J. Richard Middleton

Made in the Image of a Majestic God, to represent His Majestic name in our rule, our dominion and our love

Genesis 9:1-2, 6

“Human disobedience did not undo God’s placing the animate world under humanity’s authority any more than it eliminated the divine image from humanity. The psalm does not have a hidden eschatological sense. It has an open sense for this age. It links creation and present experience and promises that this link still holds. What God intended humanity to be, God still intends humanity to be… our vocation is to work for the completing of God’s creation project instead of its frustration by the spoiling of God’s world, as nations in general do”
– John Goldingay

Romans 3:23

“Man is the image and glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 11:7b

Psalm 8:9


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