Summary: Jesus’ supremacy to his angels is seen in his superior name, honor, status, existence and vocation; and the ministry of angels to believers
JESUS AND HIS ANGELS Hebrews 1:4-14
By Dr. R Bruce Montgomery
INTRODUCTION – What Are Angels Really Like? (Misconceptions versus biblical data).
Wrong images – what they ARE and what they DO. Pop up everywhere. WHIMSICAL - cards, tree toppers, figurines
plump cherubs, feminine forms with translucent wings – to suit your decorating style.
TV shows (Touched by an Angel) and movies (City of Angels with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan)
Biblical images: real angels are and always will be awesome warriors for God - agents of his wrath and power. People who saw them were struck with fear. They were traumatized. E.g.:
Daniel 10:4 ff. As I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. 7I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that the fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.
A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
Angel gives message: 15While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 . . . I am overcome with anguish and I am helpless. 17How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.
Angel touches him, gives him strength, tells him not to be afraid..
LIFE reporter went to a conference of angel “enthusiasts.” Unlike the mighty heavenly beings described in the Bible, were:
a more benign and bite-size species, cuddly as a lap dog, conscientious as a school crossing guard. I heard angels likened to spiritual kissing cousins, flower delivery messengers . . . and just a nice feeling of warmth and love that washes all over you. Today’s angels seem to spend a lot less time praising God than serving us. While they are still making super-hero, nick-of-time rescues, they are also showing up in less dire emergencies to track down a set of lost keys or make a chicken casserole more flavorful. Indeed, nearly all the angel believers I met got around to mentioning their parking space angel whom they call on while cruising crowded city streets.
TIME “angels are. . . all fluff and meringue, kind, non-judgmental. They are available to everyone like aspirin.”
Web Search: one listed books: “These angelic books contain true encounters with guardian angels and instructions for contacting your own spiritual guides and heavenly messengers.”
Sample titles: - Angels to Watch over Me: What Are Angels, How They Can Help, and How to Trust Your Own Very Special Guardian Angel
- Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Teenage Soul: 101 True Stories of Angels, Miracles, and Healings.
- The Spiritual Toolbox for Using Angelic Guidance in Everyday Life.
Bible: no indication they will respond if pray directly to them for help.
No basis for assuming they will help all - believer and non-believer alike. If a person claims to have seen an angel, yet that person doesn’t exhibit faith in Christ, it’s likely that any angel he or she saw was a fallen one.
Openness to spirituality, brings with it a susceptibility to spirituality from the dark side.
II CO. 11:14 “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
A belief in angels not necessarily linked to a greater understanding of truth.
610 - oppressive religion of Islam born when Mohammed received a series of visions from a being he believed to be the angel Gabriel.
12 centuries later deceptive cult of Mormonism arose when supposed angelic being called Moroni connected Joseph Smith to the book of Mormon.
Easy today to prefer angels over God. Angelolatry can form a spirituality devoid of Jesus and God. Danger of “angel mania” nothing new. The recipients of this letter to Hebrews’ thinking about angels had gotten out of hand. Can tell by how much space the writer devotes to setting things straight. Their fascination with angels was a major issue that needed to be addressed.