Remember this: Angels encamp around those who fear The LORD.
We recieve messages:
- Genesis 16:7–14. The angel of The Lord appears to Hagar. The angel speaks as God in the first person, and in verse 13 Hagar identifies “The LORD that spake unto her” as “Thou God seest me”.
- Genesis 22:11–15. The angel of the Lord appears to Abraham and refers to God in the first person.
- Exodus 3:2–4. The angel of the Lord appears to Moses in a flame in verse 2, and God speaks to Moses from the flame in verse 4.
- Numbers 22:22–38. The angel of the Lord meets the prophet Balaam on the road. In verse 38, Balaam identifies the angel who spoke to him as delivering the Word of God.
- Judges 2:1–3. An angel of The Lord appears to Israel.
- Judges 6:11–23. An angel of The Lord appears to Gideon, and in verse 22 Gideon fears for his life because he has seen an angel of The Lord face to face.
- Judges 13:3–22. The angel of The Lord appears to Manoah and his wife and, in verse 16, tells them to offer to The LORD if they are to make an offering (“And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah […] if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto The LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of The LORD.”). Later Manoah thought he and his wife will die for they “have seen God”
- Zechariah 1:12. The angel of The Lord pleads with The Lord to have mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah.
- Zechariah 3:4. The angel of The Lord takes away the sin of the high priest Joshua.
It goes on…
- Genesis 31:11. The angel of God calls out to Jacob in a dream and tells him “I am the God of Bethel“.
- Exodus 14:19. The angel of God leads the camp of Israel, and also follows behind them, with the pillar of fire.
- Judges 13:9. The angel of God approached Manoah’s wife after the Lord heard Manoah.
- Exodus 23:20–21. The LORD says he will send an Angel before the Israelites, and warns them to obey the Angel’s voice, and that the Angel “will not pardon transgressions” because the LORD’s “name is in him”.
- Exodus 33:2. God says he will send an angel before the Israelites, and that God will drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
- Numbers 20:16. The LORD sent an angel and brought the people of Israel forth from Egypt.
- 1 Chronicles 21:15. God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem, but then repented and told the angel to stay his hand.
- 2 Chronicles 32:21. The LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.
We should always be mindful of the people we come across in our lives. Whether they share the same beliefs as us, we should never treat someone badly. As Christians, we should allow the Love in our hearts to lead us in treating everyone warmly. In times of the Old Testament, people would entertain guests and some of those guests turned out to be angels. Be kind to everyone you come across – angel or not. It’s the best way to express the Love of God within us.
And we pray:
Dear God, I pray that I will be loving and accommodating to every person I come across – regardless of the differences we may share. Lord, may I reflect Your Love in the way I treat my brothers and sisters in The Lord, and those who may not know you. When I come across strangers, may my heart be welcoming towards them. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.