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Did God Forget?

February 10, 2019
By Martin Luther

What is . . . the Son of Man that You care for Him?

PSALM 8:4

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Did God Forget?

[D avid] pictures Christ in distinction from all men on earth and says, "What is Man that Thou art mindful of Him, and the Son of Man that Thou dost care for Him?" He says this about the height and depth of Christ's humiliation. . .. In such humiliation no one regarded Him as a man, but all those who passed by (Lamentations 1:12) shook their heads and said: "Ugh! How God has cursed this man that He should hang on the cross!" . . . [David] is amazed at this and says: "Is it really possible or ought one believe that God would be mindful of such a wretched and miserable man and care for a son of man who dies so miserably, executed on a cross? Is He supposed to be the dearest child and the chosen one of God, He whom everyone spits upon, mocks, and blasphemes? How foolishly God acts! Is He supposed to be God's Son, the Lord, our Ruler, whose name is glorious in all the lands and to whom thanks are given in heaven—He who hangs on the cross and is regarded as a mockery and curse of the people?" David says this in great amazement, as though he were to say: "The whole world thinks that God has forgotten this Man and does not care for this Son of Man. But ‘the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes’ (Psalm 118:22-23)."

From Commentary on Psalm 8 (Luther's Works 12:123-24)

February 10