What Is Man?

Luther Blackmon
Berea, Ohio

Psalm 8:3-4, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man that thou art mindful of him? And the son "man that thou visitest him?" This was the question asked by David, the shepherd boy. Following are some comments on the answer to that question which I submit for the readers inspection. I submitted this material to a very fine physician, whose business it is to know the human body, and he assures me that it is correct.

Man, physically speaking, is wonderfully made, but of little value, and is destined to return to dust when his earthly sojourn is over. The body contains about 200 bones; 500 muscles; 1000 ligaments; 10,000 nerves-, an equal number of arteries and veins; 100,000 glands; 200 million pores; a heart that beats 100,000 times a day, pumping 600 lb. of blood through the body during that time. This body is overlaid with a covering that leaks one kind of liquid called sweat --but will not leak another kind called blood. At least 16 elements of the body, and mother earth, are identical. The physical man came from dust, lives of dust, and returns to dust.

Mentally man is superior to all other creatures. God appointed man to have dominion over the works of His hands (Gen. 1: 26-28) the fish of the sea, the fowls of the air, the cattle, and every creeping thing. The intellect of man is far superior to that of the animals. The limits of mans intellect have seemingly not yet been reached. I have personally lived to see both the days of the ox-drawn wagon and the machinery that takes men to the moon.

The average human body contains: enough phosphorus to make about 2,200 matches; enough sulphur to kill the flees on enough sugar for one cup of coffee; enough calcium to whiten one chicken coop; enough fat to make about seven bars of soap; enough iron to make one nail. So, if your wife tells you that there is not much to you, just maintain a dignified silence. She is in the same boat.

What am I? The answer to that depends on who shall decide the matter. I am about four different people: 1. What I think I am; 2. What my friends think I am; 3. What my enemies think I am; 4. What I really am. I am hoping I can make it on that.

(Most of the above material was given to me by Brother J. Emmett Wainwright, many years ago.)

October 12, 1972