Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Heb 13:2) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)
“ANGELS" ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES: 1. Good Angels and 2. Fallen Angels. The Good Angels are appointed by God as ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. We know the names of two good angels: Michael and Gabriel. We do not know how many angels there are but there are many thousands of them.
FALLEN ANGELS CONTRAST WITH GOOD ANGELS and are headed up by Satan (Lucifer), who is a fallen angel. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. (Isa 14:12-15)
GOD'S ANGELS AND THE FALLEN ANGELS have been in conflict from the beginning of the rebellion of Satan. Eventually, Satan and his angels will be subdued.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Rev 12:7-10)
A SURPRISING THING TAKES PLACE in how Michael, the archangel dealt with Satan when they were having a dispute over the body of Moses. Michael did not rebuke Satan.
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (Jude 1:9)
I FOUND THIS COMMENT BY McGEE ON THE INCIDENT. It is lengthy, but I couldn’t find a place to cut it off. He says:” This is a most remarkable verse of Scripture. Here is Wuest's very fine translation of it: "Yet Michael, the archangel, when disputing with the devil, arguing concerning the body of Moses, dared not bring a sentence that would impugn his dignity, but said, May the Lord rebuke you."
“SATAN IS A FALLEN CREATURE AND AN AVOWED ENEMY OF GOD, yet Michael, when contending about the body of Moses, would not bring a sentence that would impugn the dignity of Satan. Michael even respected the position of Satan. Clement, one of the early church fathers, quotes from an apocryphal writing dealing with the funeral of Moses.
WHEN MICHAEL WAS COMMISSIONED TO BURY MOSES, Satan opposed it on the grounds that, since he was the master of the material and matter, the body belonged to him. Michael's only answer was, "The Lord [that is, the Creator] rebuke thee." Satan also brought the charge of murder against Moses. Also it is suggested that Satan wanted to hinder the later appearance of Moses at the Mount of Transfiguration.
“LUCIFER WAS A CREATION OF GOD and apparently, the highest creature that God created. And then evil was found in him. Don't think that evil means that he went out and stole something. The evil that was in him was that he put his will against the will of God. He was lifted up by pride, and he wanted to become independent of God.
HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE COULD DETHRONE GOD—at least from part of His universe. As far as this world is concerned, God has permitted him to carry on this rebellion, and God has a high and holy purpose in it. But this creature still believes he will be able to take a segment of God's created universe and be the ruler over it. I'm sure that Satan wants this earth as his.
"Yet Michael … durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." Michael didn't curse Satan. He didn't call him a long list of names. I'm sure that many of us would have been perfectly willing to have done that. We really would have read the riot act to him, but Michael didn't. Do you know why? Michael is an archangel, and all he did was to say, "The Lord rebuke you." He didn't go into a long tirade of epithets or of condemnation, although he could have. Why? Michael had respect unto his office, his position—Lucifer had been created the highest creature.
“THIS IS A LESSON THAT YOU AND I NEED TO LEARN. A great many believers have not learned to bow even to God. My friend, you and I are creatures; He is the Creator. What right have you and I to question anything that He does? Don't misunderstand me. If you think that I piously accept everything that comes my way, you are wrong. I talk back to Him many times, and I want to know why He lets certain things happen to me. Maybe you do that also. But we need to recognize that God is the Creator; He is also our Redeemer. He is the One who loves us.
“BUT OUR GOD IS HIGH, HOLY, AND LIFTED UP. He is a just and righteous God. He never makes any mistakes. He never does anything wrong. Everything He does is right and, therefore, you and I can trust Him. But do we do that? Do we respect His authority? Do we respect His person? In that day when men must give an account, the Lord Jesus Christ is going to say, "You said, 'Lord, Lord,' but you didn't do the things I commanded. Each one went his own way and did that which was right in his own eyes." This is the picture of mankind. How about you? How about me today? What a lesson Michael the archangel is to us! (McGee)
WE ARE THE "HEIRS OF SALVATION."
●SOMETIMES OUR GREATEST NEED IS TO GET SOME SLEEP as was the case of Elijah when he went into the wilderness to escape the wicked Jezebel. And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. (1Kings 19:5-7)
●SOMETIMES OUR GREATEST NEED IS TO AWAKEN OUT OF OUR SLEEP.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11)
●SOMETIMES OUR GREATEST NEED IS THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF AN EARTHLY FRIEND. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (2Corinthians 7:6)
●SOMETIMES OUR GREATEST NEED MAY BE THE HELP OF AN ANGEL: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
It is as though the angels of these little ones will tell God on you if you abuse them. Also implied is that angels represent those who humble themselves before God as children, regardless of age.
●ANGELS ARE APPOINTED BY GOD AS MINISTERING SPIRITS, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. That should be of great comfort and encouragement to us when we face rough and tough days on our way to Heaven.
Read Through the Bible in a Year
APRIL 5, 2019 – FRIDAY
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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
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