20 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Job 6-7; Acts 12


Suddenly there was an angel at his side and light flooding the room. The angel shook Peter and got him up: “Hurry!” The handcuffs fell off his wrists. (Acts 12:7 MSG)

As I read this chapter today, I thought about how many times angels were involved in the Jesus story and the church story, not to mention all the angelic involvement in the Old Testament. An angel announced God’s choice of Mary to be the mother of his son. Angels announced Jesus’ birth. An angel warned Joseph about the attempt Herod would make on Jesus’ life. Angels assisted Jesus in his wilderness temptation and Gethsemane prayer. Angels were present at the empty tomb. An angel appeared to Cornelius. An angel rescued Peter from Herod’s prison.

There are other angel appearances and angelic involvement in the story. I’m just skimming through memory on this. Most of the time when they appeared, the first words angels said were, “Don’t be afraid!” They must have looked pretty scary! Or maybe it was the suddenness of their appearing. If one appeared to me, I’d probably know why they said that.

In this case, light flooded the room. Torch-light or lamp-light didn’t really flood rooms. This was different.

I guess I wonder if angels still appear quite a lot to key people in God’s plan. There are still as many angels as there were then. Still the same ones. Still doing the same work. Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 MSG)

Anyhow, I am thankful for angels and for the Holy Spirit – still at work in our world, even if we don’t see the angels often and even if we’re not as sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we should be. Our world is still connected to the unseen world and God is still at work.


Father, I don’t think often about your angelic messengers and protectors sent from the unseen world into our world to help us. If there’s more you want to let me understand or if there’s more I should think about along these lines, help me be aware and sensitive. In the meantime, thanks for everything. Amen.

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