Christians don’t talk much about angels, though angels and what they do are well defined in the Bible. As you will see, the Bible stresses their absolute reality, and their ministry among us humans. The fact that we don’t talk about them is likely related to the fact we don’t think about them much either. Sad. Why is that? Probably a couple of reasons. First, we mere humans have finite minds. Having a clear view of anything past our noses takes focus, knowledge, and study. Second, we have to deal with what I call the finite-infinite gap that plagues us. Study the Bible with me as we focus on some key verses on Angels in the Bible.
Billy Graham says this: “Bookstores and libraries have shelves of books on demons, the occult and the devil. Why is the devil getting so much more attention from writers than angels? Some people seem to put the devil on a par with God. But actually, Satan is a fallen angel.”
Martin Luther said, “An angel is a spiritual creature without a (material) body created by God for the service of christendom and the church.”
The first mention of angels in the Bible– Genesis 3:24 God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, and placed a mighty angel (cherubim) at the east of the Garden of Eden, with a flaming sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life.
Functions of angels in the Bible– Hebrews 1:14 Are not angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Angels have several functions: 1) serve believers 2) protect the helpless- Matthew 18:10 3) proclaim God’s messages– Revelation 14:6-12 4) Execute God’s judgment– Acts 12:1-23, Revelation 20:1-3. 5) Help put the Law into effect- Galatians 3:19, Hebrews 2:2.
Angels have power to do God’s work– In Genesis 19, angels are sent be God to destroy the city of Sodom and Gomorrah because the “stench of the place has reached heaven.” They warn of impending judgment. 1 Chronicles 21:15 God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem, because of David’s sin. 2 Chronicles 32:21 The angel of the Lord is sent to annihilate the Assyrian army and their officers and leaders. The Assyrians were in process of invading Jerusalem. “So the Lord saved his people” – see 2 Kings 19:35
Angels are God’s supervisors– Deuteronomy 32:8 When God divided the world into nations, he gave each a “supervising angel,” but he appointed none for Israel, as Israel was God’s own.
Angels’ home base is heaven– John 1:51 There is “invisible traffic” of movement of angels descending and ascending from heaven to earth and back and forth. See Hebrews 12:22-24.
Angels provide protection for God’s people– Exodus 32:34, 33:2- The Lord’s Angel was to travel ahead of Moses and the Israelites to protect them against the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Psalm 91:11-12 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Daniel 3:28 An Angel of the Lord saved three of Daniel’s friends from the furnace. Daniel 6:22 God sent an angel to shout the mouths of the lions so Daniel was unharmed in the lions’ den. Because of this miracle, King Darius 9who had been pagan) became a believer. See his decree– Daniel 5:26-27.
In our next blog, we will discuss even more fascinating details about angels and how they comfort us in our lives of constant difficulties; individually or nationally.