WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No. 201
ARE REAL BEINGS!
The whole of the Bennett family were going to a pre-school play. Robbie was in the play, he was four years old. “I am going to be an angel, and sing ‘glory to God in the highest’” he said proudly. Michael snorted angrily, “And I have to miss my favourite film on TV for this! Angels are make believe baby junk, any way!” He was ten and knew better than anyone else (or so he thought.) “You are named after a mighty angel, Michael, “said his Dad, “ and angels are real beings of enor-mous power, who will come with Jesus when He takes over the earth one day. Maybe we should take time to study up on angels in God’s Word.” The play went off well at the pre-school. But the angels were pretty, fluffy things with tinsel wings. Not at all like real angels would be. What are a few facts we can find out from the Bible about angels?
Michael’s Dad was right about two things.
One is that there is a very powerful angel called Michael. He is the leader
of many angels and fights against the devil. He is an “archangel” or the
prince of the angels.
“...Michael the archangel,...”(Jude 1:9).
“ And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [the devil]; and the dragon fought and his angels, “ (Revelation 12:7).
The other thing
Dad was right about was that angels will come with Jesus Christ when He
returns to set up His kingdom on earth:
“ For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27).
In another Bible verse it talks about
a huge number of angels. Jesus’ disciples were afraid because they knew
religious leaders were turning against Jesus their Lord. Some wanted to
use swords to protect Him. But Jesus said this:
“Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? “ (Matthew 26:53).
Jesus didn’t call on the Father God to send angels, because He was going to die on the Cross for the sin of the whole world. He didn’t fight when soldiers arrested Him in a garden called Gethsemane. But He could easily have done so - and won over them! How many angels are “twelve legions?” There were six thousand soldiers in one Roman legion, so that would be 12 x 6,000 = 72,000 angels who Jesus could have called to protect Him! That is a lot of angelic soldiers. Angels are very powerful beings. The angels Christ could have called were good ones, who love God and are without any sin or wrong. They can really handle wicked and evil people. Only one angel in one night killed 185,000 of the wicked, we can see that in Isaiah 37:36.
Some angels have turned against God, and follow Satan the devil. We must never pray to angels, even good ones, or depend on them to help us. We must pray to God only, and depend on Him. Angels, even good ones, are only servants of the Living God. The angels of the Lord announced the birth of Jesus Christ. It was the most thrilling of all starry nights when the dear Son of God was born in a manger. Those angels were filled with the Joy of the Lord because God had given a Saviour to the world:
were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch
over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
[ very ] afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings [ good news ] of great joy, which shall be to
all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel
[ lots and lots] of the heavenly host [ crowds of heavenly angels] praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. “ (Luke 2: 8-14).