“But I am a worm, and am no man, and despised of the people.” (Psalm 22:6)
“For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalm 22:16)
“And when [H]is friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on [H]im: for they said, He is beside [H]imself.” (Mark 3:21)
We O’ so very, very carefully and reverently enter into a possible, and again we say possible, inside peek into, dare we say, the Mind of God’s saving love and omniscience. This possible insight is, of course, from the perspective of finite beings only hoping to grasp a glimpse of His Majesty’s Back parts (Exodus 33:18-23).
By the above paragraph one may see how very careful we are being when handling a subject such as this. Understand, we are only wading in the infinitely shallow waters compared to the great fathoming depths of God’s unsearchable knowledge.
All of the above has been written to simply state that one needs to be reverent and careful when touching upon the subject of the Mind of God.
In the Mark reference we are to understand the compassion and desire of Christ to do all He can to help, heal, free and comfort those around Him but He is “limited” by His Humanness. To be sure, this limtedness is self impose as Paul teaches in Philippians 2. He is doing all He can to the point that some began to think he was going mad. However they have confused madness with the deep desire to help everyone. Beloved, have you felt this deep need to help those around you? Have you looked upon the infirm and desired so much to release them from their prison that you could cry out in despair of your human weaknesses? This, we believe, is what His friends confused with Him being beside Himself.
Please recognize the great urgency in this next paragraph.
To gain the possible insight or understand to His compassionate madness here is your challenge. Next time rain passes through your neighborhood go outside and look at the street and sidewalk. Most likely you will find worms wiggling everywhere. Your task is to save each and everyone. simply take up a spatula or some other tool and carefully, O’ so very carefully slide that tool underneath each and every individual worm and place them safely in the grass. You must be sure to slide the tool under the darker half of the worm as to keep it safely balanced. If you drop the helpless worm it’s insides may explode so be so careful. You will probably become rather exasperated due to the amount of worms you see and know this; if you do not help them they will certainly be food for the fouls of the air or they will be stepped on or a car will smash them into nothingness. If they do not die through those means the sun will certainly cook them to death. You must hurry because time is limited and you are limited but you must try. Are you yet beside yourself? The compassion of Christ is unsearchable and endless.
As you are saving these helpless creatures you will notice that the big ones are far easier to balance than the small ones. This too is an insight; only this insight is into ourselves. A person with a greater sense or understanding of their depravity will also understand their great need of a Saviour more so than does the human with a smaller sense of their guilt.
The next reference speaks of the wicked as barking dogs. With this passage we would like to try to grasp God’s infinite power through the doctrine of His omniscience. Imagine yourself walking through the world largest and loudest dog pound or kennel. As you pass through this place your challenge is to keep each and every dog’s bark distinct. You must be able to simultaneously recognize each and every bark with it’s source. As you are doing this you also need to manage all of your thoughts perfectly and don’t forget about the wiggling worms.
What sovereign mastery He must have to keep each and every prayer, tear, and need distinctive to it’s source and don’t forget He also is aware of each falling sparrow, and the number of hairs on our heads.
What is man that He is mindful of us?