Tracks of Man

The Tracks of Man

Romans 2:1
Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in
whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice
the same things.

Romans 2:3
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and
doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Romans 2:6
Who will render to every man according to his deeds
Romans 3:28
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the
Romans 5:7
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath
through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his
Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
The book of Romans has the word “man” in its title, and it is no coincidence that it’s the
sixth book of the New Testament.
Here are some examples in Scripture of six as the number for “man.”
• Man was created on the sixth day.
• The sixth character in the Bible is the serpent who deceived man and took his
authority and place on the earth.
• There are six words in Hebrew that we translate into the English word “serpent.”
• The sixth commandment of the Ten Commandments is, “You shall not murder.”
(Deuteronomy 5:17)
• The descendants of Cain only go to the sixth generation.
• Six earthquakes in the Bible.
• Six times Jesus was accused of having a devil.
Six especially speaks of the physical body. Check this out:
• There are six major members in the human body: head, torso, two arms and two
• The average body contains approximately six quarts of blood.
• In the average body, the blood travels 12,000 miles (2,000 x 6) in one day.
• The average human heart beats 72 (12 x 6) times a minute.
• There are 60,000 (6 x 10,000) miles of blood vessels in the human body.
• The average lung weighs about 600 grams.
• The average lung capacity is six liters.
• There are 600 muscles in the human body.
• There are six primary systems in the human body: skeletal, circulatory, muscular,
nervous, digestive, and reproductive.
• The standard measure for a man is six feet.
• The average weight at birth is six pounds.
• When you keel over you get buried 6 feet down.
“Man” is the sixth word in a total of six verses in Romans. (Romans 2:1; 2:3; 2:6; 3:28;
5:7; 6:6)
Man is the sixth word in Romans 6:6. God’s answer to the flesh is the Cross.
Romans 6:6
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be
destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
I want to show you a picture of a dinosaur track.
(My dinosaur track in my fireplace pic)
Neil Armstrong’s footprint pic
This is the footprint that Neil Armstrong left on his very first step on the surface of the
moon WAY back in the famous summer of ’69.
Flesh is all about its own power. It refuses to be submitted to God’s power. You might
think it’s not worth mentioning, but I notice something very big in modern history that
screams this same pattern.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, uttered the famous words, “That’s one small
step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Are there any sixes stamped on this event?
Yes, there are. Not just one or two. There are actually six.
On the very same day Armstrong walked the surface of the moon, President Nixon
spoke to him. The message was broadcast on live television throughout the world. The
actual phone number that patched him through from the White House was dialed as
Speaking of Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind,” Pastor Hoggard points out in “By
Divine Order,” that the word “mankind” is found in the Bible exactly six times. Go figure.
“That’s one small step for MAN,
one giant leap for MANKIND”
Luke 1:46-51
The Song of Mary
46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold,
henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the
imagination of their hearts.
When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, we became a people who travel past the
speed of sound.
When Roger Banister first broke the 4-minute mile, suddenly runners all over the world
began to do the same thing.
Joshua steps onto the Promised Land
There is something very significant about your step forward that is a giant leap for
everybody else.
Open Up your Bible to the book of Ezekiel
The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson
As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the
chase, with unhurried and unperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His
Divine grace. And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself,
Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till the soul feels its pressure
forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never ending pursuit.
Never ending pursuit = Relentless Grace
Persistent grace = grace that doesn’t let go or give up
Ezekiel 34:11-12
For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search and find my sheep.
12 I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and
rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and
cloudy day.
Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
I believe in the idea of Jesus being the hound of heaven – of Him chasing us down in
order to give us life – of Him following us, pursuing us, going after us.
Psalms 139:7-8
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell behold, You are there.
How you chase after God matters for you, but it matters more for the generations to
You are Neil Armstrong. You are the person who represents the strong arm of God who
blesses all the generations behind you because of the steps you dared to take forward.
Today you are King David who chased after and dared to try and track down God’s own
heart in such a way that we are all blessed to this day.
We stand on the shoulders of people who have gone before us in the faith, people as
far back as King David! Today, we are called to be those shoulders for future
generations. We are the means by which God does enduring things. God does it! We
are simply asked to respond. And when we do, we live in joy, we are transformed into
God’s very image, and we claim our place on the family tree, that tree that goes all the
way back to David.
I want to encourage you to and give you the commandment, the permission, the green
light, authorization, consent, leave, authority, sanction, and the license to make tracks in
following King Jesus and going after Him in hot pursuit.
Because your walk is not just for you, your walk is for everybody behind you.
And immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus.
Matthew 4:22
(The 84th verse of the New Testament in 5784)
Deuteronomy 11:24
Every place where you set your foot will be yours…