Psalms 8: Who Is the Son Of Man?
Psalms 8 is yet another messianic chapter written by David. Here is the prophetic part.
Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Psa 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
At first, when I read this, I did not necessarily think that this was messianic. Obviously, “son of man” is a definite title that was used for Jesus, so I did notice that. However, it is used in a verse that begins by talking about humanity in general. Therefore, part of me thought that it was kind of a poetic device to explain that humanity will always be special generation after generation. Every child will carry on this special mandate.
Verses five and six kind of reconfirm that thought. We are definitely below angels, but we do have a privileged position on earth. We are the only creatures that have a soul and can have a personal relationship with God.
On top of that, in Genesis, Adam was given control over all of the animals. Verse six reinforces that near the beginning if you read the earth and the animals as works of God as well as the following verses that list animals specifically.
Unfortunately, despite all of these potential consistencies, my original interpretation is inadequate. At the end of verse six, we find out that all things have been put under the feet of the son of man. If everything is under his feet, then that must include humans, and humans are not under the feet of humans. That would be contradictory.
That is where we see the need for Jesus in this context. Everything is true about Him, and He fulfills all the first criteria as well. Hundreds of years later, the writer of Hebrews noticed this as well.
Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Heb 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
I would indeed conclude after thinking more about this passage that it is indeed messianic. As I mentioned, it is entirely true of Jesus, and even though humans in general seem to fulfill many of the criteria, we cannot have a situation where humans are under the feet of themselves. The Son of Man must be someone special, and in this case, He is Jesus Christ.