By Christopher Scott
Do you remember the show “Touched by an Angel” or Denzel Washington’s movie “The Preacher’s Wife” where human looking angels inhabit our earth, have conversations with us, and even look like us? Yet, what does the Bible say about angels? Interestingly, the Bible paints a different picture about the ministry of angels. Here’s a brief look at the ministry of angels in the Bible.
Heavenly Worship and Service. In the book of Daniel God sits on his throne to judge and “millions of angels ministered to him; many millions stood to attend him” (7:10, NLT). Later in the book of Hebrews it says that when Jesus entered the world as a human God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him” (1:6). Angels seem to worship and serve God. For other examples of heavenly worship and service look at Hebrews 1:6 and Isaiah 6:2-6.
Divine Judgment. In the twentieth chapter of Revelation Jesus Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth begins with an angel judging Satan, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while” (Rev 20:1–3). For other examples of angels giving divine judgment look at 2 Kings 19:35; Acts 12:21-23.
Agents of Answered Prayer. Perhaps one of the most comforting of the ministries of angels is that they answer prayers. The prophet Daniel was praying and asking God to restore the nation of Judah back to power and influence. As Daniel was praying the angel—Gabriel—appeared to Daniel and said, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.” (Daniel 9:22–23). Daniel’s prayer was answered! For other examples of answered prayers look at Daniel 10:12-22 and Acts 12:5-10.
Protect and Care for Believers. The Bible describes in two places that there are “guardian” angels that protect and care for believers. Jesus told his disciples, “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10). The author of Hebrews later wrote that “angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation” (1:14). For other examples of how angels protect and care for believers look at 2 Kings 6:13-17; Daniel 3:24-25; 6:22; Luke 16:22; Hebrews 13:1-2; Jude 9.
Christopher Scott is small groups pastor at Rocky Hill Community Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-730-1906.
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.