I don't pretend to be an authority on angels, but since we see them in
catelogues, in stores, on television, in books etc., I thought it would be
interesting to see what the Bible has to say about angels. In December we
saw how angels factored into the Messiah's birth, and now we will look at
some of the roles and examples of angels in the Word in general.
(Gen 16:9-11 NRSV) The angel of the LORD said to her,
"Return to your mistress, and submit to her." 10 The angel
of the LORD also said to her, "I will so greatly multiply your offspring
that they cannot be counted for multitude." 11 And the angel
of the LORD said to her, "Now you have conceived and shall bear a son; you
shall call him Ishmael, for the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
(Gen 32:24-28 NRSV) Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled
with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did
not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip
was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he
said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let
you go, unless you bless me." 27 So he said to him, "What
is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28 Then the man said,
"You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with
God and with humans, and have prevailed.
(Exo 23:20-22 NRSV) I am going to send an angel in front
of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have
prepared. 21 Be attentive to him and listen to his voice;
do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for
my name is in him. 22 But if you listen attentively to his
voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and
a foe to your foes.
(Psa 91:11 NRSV) For he will command his angels concerning
you to guard you in all your ways.
(Psa 103:20 NRSV) Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you
mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.
(Judg 13:13-16 NRSV) The angel of the LORD said to Manoah,
"Let the woman give heed to all that I said to her. 14 She
may not eat of anything that comes from the vine. She is not to drink wine
or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. She is to observe everything that
I commanded her." 15 Manoah said to the angel of the LORD,
"Allow us to detain you, and prepare a kid for you." 16 The
angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "If you detain me, I will not eat your
food; but if you want to prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD."
(For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.)
(1 Chr 21:11-12 NRSV) So Gad came to David and said to
him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Take your choice: 12 either three
years of famine; or three months of devastation by your foes, while the sword
of your enemies overtakes you; or three days of the sword of the LORD, pestilence
on the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory
of Israel.' Now decide what answer I shall return to the one who sent
(Zec 3:6-7 NRSV) Then the angel of the LORD assured Joshua,
saying 7 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in
my ways and keep my requirements, then you shall rule my house and have charge
of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are
(Acts 7:30-34 NRSV) Now when forty years had passed, an
angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a
burning bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the
sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord:
32 'I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.
33 Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from
your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.
34 I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are
in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them.
Come now, I will send you to Egypt.
(Luke 1:12-15 NRSV) When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified;
and fear overwhelmed him. 13 But the angel said to him, "Do
not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth
will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 You will
have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must
never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled
with the Holy Spirit.
(Luke 2:10-11 NRSV) But the angel said to them, "Do not
be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the
people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
(Heb 1:3-5 NRSV) He is the reflection of God's glory and
the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his
powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the
right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much
superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my
Son; today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he
will be my Son"?
(Heb 13:2 NRSV) Do not neglect to show hospitality to
strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing
(Rev 1:1 NRSV) The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God
gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known
by sending his angel to his servant John
(Rev 22:6-7 NRSV) And he said to me, "These words are
trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets,
has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place."
7 "See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the
words of the prophecy of this book."
(Mat 25:31 NRSV) When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his