Numbers 22 - The angel of The Lord stood in the road. - The Israelites here had grown in number and in reputation and were a formidable enemy. As they began to cross the plains of Moab all the Moabites were terrified, and were expressing their fear to the elders of Midian.
This verse suggests that there are angels from another source! Angels of satan! These are the evil spirits that we read much about during the ministry of Jesus. He often blamed demonic activity for sickness or infirmity and had no hesitation in casting out those demons. Sometimes with dramatic effect.
God does not want us to live in fear! Yet so many Christians are afraid of so many things. Illness, loneliness, financial difficulties, and in many parts of the world believers have reason to be fearful for their lives. But God constantly repeats His assurance. We have nothing to fear.
Our God is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). His attitude to sin never changes. He is merciful and He is just. He gives us second and third chances, but if we do not change our ways, we can only take the consequences of our rejection of Him.
When we lived in the Paris area, we opened our home to many who needed a bed for a night or longer. We housed people from all walks of life, all ages, and all levels of society. We never knew if they were angels in disguise, they could have been.
This is such a nice story and worth reading in its entirety. Abraham was getting old! Remember that he was already old when his son Isaac was born. It was an angelic visitation that had encouraged Abraham and Sarah that they would have a son in their old age.
5 verses from the end of the Bible we read this encouragement to the churches which were mentioned in the early chapters of Revelation. We can take it for the church today too. Jesus sent His own personal angel to encourage John during his suffering on the Isle of Patmos.
Sarah, frustrated at having no children, took things into her own hands and gave her servant to Abraham in order to have children by proxy. Once Hagar was pregnant Sarah was not as happy as she had hoped, jealousy took root in her. She blamed Abraham, and Hagar was sent away.
I have always thought that angels were servants of God, and they are, but they are our servants too! Their ultimate boss is Father God, but they are assigned to us, for our protection, for revelation of Heavenly things, and for intervention in our lives when we need it.
I have been learning some new things about angels, so felt, for myself, it was time to do a serious study. This month, I am sharing with you just a little of what I am learning, hoping it will encourage you to be aware of their presence in your life.