The word for man is ‘adam,’ which means flush or rosy, dyed, made, red ruddy, to show blood, common, low, and comes to mean he who is made from the ruddy red low or worthless dust.
And here man has power only so long as he has breath in his nostrils. For today he lives and tomorrow he dies. And once dead, mans power and his thoughts, cease along with him.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. NASB
In short, humanity is frail, humanity has severe limitations, regardless of how man looks at himself or thinks about himself.
Man lives for just a few decades, and yet within the first two decades of life, he comes to the belief that he knows all there is to know about life, history, how the world works, how society functions and so forth.
For someone who possesses so little, humanity overstates his own wisdom and importance by lightyears.
How then does one who knows so much, run and hide in the rocks from God who is indeed omniscient and omnipotent and omnipresent, and presume that he can fool God. Just who is the fool?
And just who is man held accountable to, if not to himself, then to God?
And so this chapter closes with mans phenomenal inability to do anything wise in this life. And therefore one should not place ones trust in man, but in God.
There is but one God, one Savior, one plan, one truth, one spiritual life, one destiny of worth, one faith and to disregard them all, is nothing short of stupidity.
And yet people disregard God everyday. They disregard their spiritual life everyday. People invent their own values and their own spirituality, and their own path to heaven, and then when they finally get that knock on the door of the end of their life, they find out too late, that they had made the biggest mistake of their entire life and it will be too late to do it over.
We all have the opportunity to advance to spiritual maturity and to end life a winner, which is accompanied with infinitely greater rewards than anything possible from this world.
And yet people disregard God and His plan. Didn’t I say that somewhere before?
Life is filled with far too many ‘more’ important things, and so people do not take any of this Bible stuff seriously.
Unfortunately that is a huge mistake. Are you making that same mistake?