“Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This is the camp of God!’ So he named that place Mahanaim” (Genesis 32:1-2 – God Takes the Initiative Through His Angels)
Revelation helps God’s people prepare for life’s dark, struggling moments. God sent two messengers to reassure Jacob. Their appearance is not described. How Jacob recognized them we do not know. They encouraged him, letting him know God was with him. The presence of angels represented God’s presence with His people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You allow Your angels for specific purposes; sometimes to give a message and sometimes to signal a significant change was coming. Let us recognize their presence and attune our attention to whatever it is that they have come to tell us or direct us in anyway. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.”
“Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him and said to him: ‘Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it, declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’” (Zechariah 2:3-5 – God Takes the Initiative Through His Angels)
Divine messengers from God appear throughout the Old Testament and are either human beings sent on special mission, or mysterious beings of a superhuman nature who represent God. The latter take on a human form so they might be recognizable. The angel announced the revelation of God’s glory, the weightiness of His manifestation to Jerusalem. God’s presence is also protection for Jerusalem.
God’s call to Zechariah could be dated. Revelation was not a gradual awareness for him but a memorable experience. The word came through a series of visions. Visions are one from God uses to reveal His plans to people (see Daniel 10:1-19). An angel interpreted the vision (verse 14, and an angel in human form appeared in the vision, reporting to God about world conditions and interceding with Him for Israel (See also Daniel 18-11:1).
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 – God Takes the Initiative Through His Angels)
Sin at its deepest level is unbelief in Jesus. Total trust and commitment to Jesus leads us to seek to live the perfect life Jesus led. Our society makes such commitment difficult to say the least, for ours is a sinful generation committed to many things and causes opposed to God and godliness. Society makes us feel shame and embarrassment because of our Christian commitment. Christ calls us to witness to that commitment everywhere. Failure to witness grows out of shame and fear when faced by society. Failure to witness reflects unbelief and lack of commitment. That is sin.
Angels will accompany Christ at the second coming. God’s salvation is glorification. It has to do with the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Future blessedness for those saved is related to their present faithfulness to Jesus Christ. The association with the holy angels with Jesus at His coming suggests the final judgment. To be ashamed of Jesus and His words now will have serious consequences then. At the time of judgment, the Son of man will be ashamed of such a one. The very thought of it compels fidelity to Him and glad confession of Him.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“After Herod died, and angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.’ Do he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: ‘He will be called a Nazarene.’” (Matthew 2:19-23 – God Takes the Initiative Through His Angels)”
God communicated again (Chapter 1:20-21) to Joseph through an angel in his troubled sleep, warning him of the danger the promised Chrild was in. God used dreams of angels to guide Joseph as he protected the Baby from jealous, fearful politicians (3:19).