Summary: God has revealed the name of three Angels in Scripture. Michael Gabriel and the fallen Angel Lucifer. Let us be wary not to fall into the sin of Lucifer aka satan
Sermon on Angels 29-09-2013
Story: Marie Monsen was born 1878 in Sandviken, Norway and died in 1962.
She was a Norwegian missionary active in North and Central China between 1901 and 1932.
One night, bandits surrounded the mission compound in the city where she was staying. There were hundreds of women and children in the compound.
Miss Monsen had gone down with malaria the night before and she was being plagued by such questions as:
What will you do when the looters come here? When the firing begins on the compound what about those promises you have been trusting in?
She replied: “Lord I have been teaching these young people all these years that your promises are true and if they fail now my mouth will be closed forever. I must then go home.”
She was up all through the night ministering to the frightened refugees and encouraging them to pray and trust in God to deliver them.
Though horrible things happened outside the compound, the bandits left the mission compound alone
In the morning three different families from the neighbourhood asked
“Who were those four people three sitting and one standing who watched from the top of your house all night long”
When she told them that no one had been on the house top, they didn’t believe her. “We saw them with our own eyes”
She then told them that God still sends his angels to guard his children in their hour of danger.
In Matthew 18:10 Jesus speaks of guardian angels when he says,
“See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.”
Jesus certainly believed in Angels as he mentioned them in his teaching. See Luke 20:36, Mt 22:30, Lk 15:10 to name a few and of course our Gospel reading
I wonder what image the word angel conjures up for you?
Do you think of:
1. Some make believe figure in the same league as Father Christmas – a figure hung up on a tree at Christmas to make it pretty.
2. Or do you think of the angels who announced Jesus’ birth to the Shepherds, or
3. Or if you know your Bible more deeply you might think on the angel sent by God to warn Joseph to flee with the Holy Family to Egypt.
But I guess whatever you think about angels, you are unlikely to think of angels having any effect on you personally.
Did you know that angels are mentioned over 300 times in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
So what or who are angels
Billy Graham in his book simply entitled Angels says this:
“…angels are created spirit beings who can become visible when necessary” (p.36)
Dr Graham tells us that their role is to
“serve God and Regenerate Man” (p.31)
The book of Hebrews tells us that
5-9 God didn’t put angels in charge of this business of salvation that we’re dealing with here. It says in Scripture,
What is man and woman that you bother with them;
why take a second look their way?
You made them not quite as high as angels,
bright with Eden’s dawn light;
Then you put them in charge
of your entire handcrafted world.
When God put them in charge of everything, nothing was excluded. But we don’t see it yet, don’t see everything under human jurisdiction. What we do see is Jesus, made “not quite as high as angels,” and then, through the experience of death, crowned so much higher than any angel, with a glory “bright with Eden’s dawn light.” In that death, by God’s grace, he fully experienced death in every person’s place. (Hebrews 2:5-9)
The Bible tells us that there are good and evil angels
We are told of the names of just three angels in the Bible
Two of God’s angels in the Bible are:
1. The Archangel Michael, mentioned in our reading from the book of Daniel this morning and
2. Gabriel God’s messenger angel who was sent to announce things such as Jesus’ birth
Interestingly the word “El” is the Hebrew word for God, as we find for example in El Shaddai
And we find this name of God “El” in the two Holy Angels mentioned in the Bible
GabriEL means “God is my strength”
MichaEL means “Who is like God”
Even the English word Angel has El the Hebrew word for God in the word.
However there is a third angel mentioned in the Bible – with no -el in his name.
Lucifer – also known as the Morning Star in the Bible the archangel who rebelled against God. We know him better as satan.
From Jude we gather Lucifer was an Archangel but because of his pride he fell from grace.