The Angels of God Class 3: The Angels work for YOU!
Hebrews 1:14 14 Are they (angels) not all ministering spiritssent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? They are with us all the time – not just when troubles come. Learn to be aware of their presence and appreciate their help. If we hope to be equal to angels, we must learn to serve like them now. It’s too late to wait till the kingdom starts. Many of our hymns & Bible marking lessons skip this aspect of the angels!
Psalm 34:7 7 The angel of the LORD encampsall around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Note the context: David was scared and came up with a plan. Act like an insane person before Achish so he would let him live. On the surface it looked like David was just scheming his way through the problem. David did act, but in his own mind, he was fully aware of God’s angel helping him through the situation. Always make God the center of our plans. Pray and plead for His guidance and assistance. Then be aware of His angels helping us through the events of our lives – spouses, children, jobs, accidents, medical problems.
2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars." Note the context: Asa thought his plan worked against Baasha, but the angels knew his heart! Angels find out what’s happening and why – they know our attitudes Angels work for those whose hearts are loyal to God
Daniel 3:28 28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Daniel 6:22 22 "My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocentbefore Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you." Angels were sent because these men trusted God and were found innocent in their way of life! God did let faithful men go thru troubles so their faith could be tested and seen by others
Psalm 91:11 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Imagine the joy and excitement the angels had in protecting the 3 in the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lions’ den! Appreciate the privilege we have as angels are charged to protect us. Don’t abuse the privilege. We can’t continuously chose evil and expect the angels to save us out of our trouble.
Daniel 9:21-23 21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel,whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly,reached me about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me,and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23 "At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
Angels help each other Daniel 8:13-16 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking (probably Michael); and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking,"How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled under foot?" 14 And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed." 15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision."
Isaiah 63:9 9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, andthe Angel of His Presence saved them;in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old. The angel working with Moses (probably Michael) expressed the same love, concern, compassion and mercy that God himself would feel. The angels are family extensions of God himself, who live and feel like God. The angels who work with us act and feel the same way!
1 Corinthians 4:9-13 9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death;for we have been made a spectacleto the world,both to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. 12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. Angels are at time surprised at what saints must experience. Imagine their wonder at what Jesus had to go through!
Some missions aren’t fun 1 Chronicles 21:12-14 12 'either three years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the LORD-- the plague in the land, with the angel of the LORD destroyingthroughout all the territory of Israel.' Now consider what answer I should take back to Him who sent me." 13 And David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man." 14 So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell.
1 Chronicles 21:15-17 15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. [not what the angels wanted to do!] As he was destroying, the LORD looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying,"It is enough; now restrain your hand."[Note: angel didn’t know when to quit!]And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem.So David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces. 17 And David said to God,"Was it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? I am the one who has sinned and done evil indeed; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, O LORD my God, be against me and my father's house, but not against Your people that they should be plagued."
1 Chronicles 21:18-27 18 Therefore, the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to Davidthat David should go and erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of the LORD. 20 Now Ornan turned and saw the angel;and his four sons who were with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat. 27 Then the LORD commanded the angel,and he returned his sword to its sheath.
Exodus 12:29 29 And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstbornin the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. Psalm 78:49 49 He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending angels of destruction among them. Angels willing to destroy many, in the hope of redeeming some. They were learning too that it would cost God His firstborn son to redeem us from sin.
Judges 5:23-24 23 'Curse Meroz,' said the angel of the LORD,'Curse its inhabitants bitterly,because they did not come to the help of the LORD,to the help of the LORD against the mighty.' 24 "Most blessed among women is Jael,the wife of Heber the Kenite; blessed is she among women in tents. We can make things difficult for our angels. Their patience can run out! They can become so disappointed in people that they curse them. Let’s make sure we don’t disappoint our angels, but give them reasons to bless us.
Angels in Abraham’s life Acts 7:2-3 2 And he said, "Brethren and fathers, listen:The God of glory appearedto our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia,before he dwelt in Haran, 3 "and said to him, 'Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.'
Genesis 12:1-4 1 Nowthe LORD had said to Abram:"Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house,to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you,and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." 4 So Abram departedas the LORD had spoken to him,and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Genesis 15:7-9 7 ThenHe said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Urof the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it." 8 Andhe said, "Lord GOD,how shall I know that I will inherit it?" 9 SoHe said to him, "Bring Mea three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. The angel asked Abraham to leave Ur and promised to work through Abraham and his family – if he would believe. Angels still work the same way today. Pray for your families & appreciate the help of our angels.
Genesis 16:7-11 7 Nowthe Angel of the LORD found herby a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9The Angel of the LORD said to her,"Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand." 10 Thenthe Angel of the LORD said to her, "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude." 11 Andthe Angel of the LORD said to her:"Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael,because the LORD has heard your affliction. Angels look for us too, when we are depressed and discouraged. They won’t leave us alone because they want us to succeed!
Genesis 17:1-3 1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old,the LORD appeared to Abramand said to him,"I am Almighty God;walk before Me and be blameless. 2 "And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." 3 Then Abram fell on his face, andGod talked with him, saying: 22 Then He finished talking with him, andGod went up from Abraham. An angel appeared to personally confirm the covenant with Abraham and let him know Sarah would finally have a son.
See how angels accommodated Abraham Genesis 18:1-2 1 Thenthe LORD appearedto him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold,three men were standing by him;and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, 4 "Please let a little water be brought, andwash your feet,and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 "And I will bring amorsel of bread,that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant."They said, "Do as you have said." 8 So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the treeas they ate.
Genesis 18:12-13 12 Therefore Sarahlaughed within herself,saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?" 13 Andthe LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh,saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?‘ 1 Peter 3:5-6 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 asSarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord,whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. We can’t fool angels. They read our thoughts. They know our motives.
Genesis 18:17-19 17 And the LORD said,"Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 "since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 "For I have known him, in order that he may command his childrenand his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him." Note the discussion and decision-making of the angels, as they work together in God’s service!
Genesis 18:20-22 20 And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, 21 "I will go down now and seewhether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me;and if not, I will know." 22 Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom,but Abraham still stood before the LORD. Angels are not omniscient – they need to be present to see what is happening. That’s why they are with us all the time!
Genesis 18:23-26 23 And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 "Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You!Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" 26 So the LORD said, "If I findin Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spareall the place for their sakes." Look at the power of prayer! Angels respond to our desires to save our family and friends!
Lessons for Us: • Thank God & Christ for sending angels to minister for us each day, & that they encamp around those that fear Him and deliver them • Be aware of the eyes of the Lord that are in every place – aware of what we are doing and why • Now is the time to practice living like angels if we hope to be members of God’s family forever.