7762 - Angels Part 3


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As we are studying in the book of Hebrews we notice the emphasis in much of chapter 1 is the superiority of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, over the angels. Today we learn more about the angels.

Hebrews 1:7 says: In speaking of the angels, he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.”

The emphasis here seems to be the variableness or changeability of the angelic ones as they are called upon to be ministers of God.

Let’s look into some of the services in which one or more angel has been called upon to accomplish a task for God’s.

The idea that angels as servants of God may be used as flames of fire remind me of 2 Kings (1:10-12) where Elijah is being challenged by King Ahab’s evil stubbornness.

On two occasions King Ahab sent a captain along with his company of fifty men to arrest Elijah and bring him to the king. Elijah called upon God to send fire from heaven and consume the captain and his company. Then and there fire came from heaven and consumed the company of men. That happened in two different episodes. The thought lingers of whether this was angelic action? In each case the business of God was fulfilled.

In Exodus 14 (18ff) the angel of God stood between the pursuing army of Egypt and the people of Israel who were carrying out what Moses instructed. In this passage the angel of God was the protector of Israel.

In another case, years later after David became king over Israel, we are told in 1 Chronicles (21) that Satan rose up and incited David to take a census of Israel, contrary to God’s desire.

After the census was completed God confronted David and gave him a choice of three options for punishment. #1 was three years of famine in the land. #2 was three months of being overrun by his enemies; and #3 was three days of plague in which the angel of the Lord would ravage Israel.

David asked to fall into the hands of the merciful Lord. As the punishment was taking place, David looked into the sky and saw the angel of the Lord between heaven and earth. David offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord understood and accepted David’s repentance and told the angel to put his sword back into the sheath.

Here the angel was an avenging messenger, punishing sin in Israel on behalf of God.

In the book of Daniel (8-12) we gain a view into some of the angelic conflict between Satan’s evil forces and God’s protective angels. Daniel was distressed over the abandonment of Jerusalem and the sinfulness of Israel. He turned to the Lord God in Prayer. In turn Daniel received visions and comfort. Involved in this encouragement was the angel Gabriel who came to give Daniel insight and understanding. In the conversations between Gabriel and Daniel the angel Michael is mentioned as one who had come to help Gabriel in the conflict against the demonic prince of the Persian Kingdom. Here we gain some insight into the spiritual conflict in the heavenlies over some of the affairs of men. In these words we see angels in a different context and serving in different missions from our usual thoughts.

Another assignment of some angels is introduced to us in Matthew (18:10). As Jesus ministers to some children he talks to some of his disciples, and shares an idea which is laden with rich meanings. He told these disciples that they are not to have less respect for the children than other people, because these little ones have their angels in heaven who always are face to face with the Father. The inference is that these angels are guardian angels for the babies and children on earth. What gracious provision made by God for these weak but often boisterous ones.

Time does not permit more discussion today, but we have observed some great variety in appearance and mission of God’s ministering angels. God’s kingdom is so vast.