The Angel of the Lord
Copyright 2001 by Frances
"The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He
delivers them. Psalm 34: 7 NIV
When troubles come, and they will, a person really finds out how much his
faith and trust is in the Lord. Faith and trust work together, they are
inseparable. Faith is a gift from God and each one of us is given a portion when
we ask Christ into our life. Trust is a result of that faith which causes us to
invite Him into our heart.
The Angel of the Lord encamps (takes up residence) around those who fear
(love) Him. No matter where you are or what circumstances you may find yourself
in, God puts His Angel around you.
In Hebrews 1:4 we have some information relating to the order of Creation. We
have what is known as the Godhead, consisting of God the Father, Jesus Christ as
the son, and the Holy Spirit. Next come the created beings called Angels. And
lastly comes the Human Race, everyone from Adam to this day.
Jesus Christ came down to earth in human form, and through His death on the
cross He enabled us to be lifted into His sphere above the Angels.
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now
crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of
God He might taste death for everyone." Heb. 2:9-10
Here is a little summary on Angels found in the Scoffield Reference Bible
which you may find helpful. I have paraphrased it for the sake of brevity.
An Angel is a messenger of God, of men, and an order of created beings of
strength and wisdom.
Psalm 103:20 "Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do
His bidding, who obey His word."
In the Old Testament the reference to Angel usually implies the presence of Deity
in angelic form. See Gen. 16:1-13. Many times it was Jesus Christ Himself
Sometimes the spirit of man is used. This is an instance when after Peter's
miraculous escape from prison by an angel, and the angel left he went to the
house of Mary, the mother of John, called Mark. Many people had gathered and
were praying. Peter knocked on the outer door to which a servant girl came.
After hearing his voice, without opening the door, she runs back exclaiming
"Peter is at the door." They told her she was out of her mind.
Insisting it was so, they said it must be his angel. After opening the door they
were all amazed. Peter quieted them and told them what had happened. See Acts
Angels are spirits but they have the power to become visible in the likeness
of human form.
Gen. 19:1 "The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was
sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and
bowed down with his face to the ground."
If you were to read on you would see that the men of the city also saw them
as men. So they must have been convincing in appearance in spite of the fact
that they were really angels.
Since their sex is never referred to, they are always known as masculine in
gender. When Jesus was speaking to the Sadducees talking about the resurrection
and marriage, He said in
Matt. 22:29-30 "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures
or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given
in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven."
They are numerous in number. Their place is around God's throne. Rev. 5:11
"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon
thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand." What an overwhelming sight
that would be. One day we who love the Lord will see them and all the Glory of
They have incredible power. 2 Kings 19:35 "That night the angel of the
Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the
Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead
As ministering spirits they care for heirs to salvation, largely for their
physical safety and well being. This care begins at birth until their life ends.
I believe these would be referred to as "guardian angels."
It is a wise person who forever places their faith and trust in the Lord,
taking refuge so to speak. We should be so thankful that we have such a place to
go when times become unbearable.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes
refuge in Him." Psalm 34: 8 NIV
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philipians 4:7 NIV
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