Hebrews 13:2; Luke 1:5-25; Various
Hebrews 13:2; Luke 1:5-25; Various
A friend of mine got into a discussion with on angels one time. He swore up and down that he saw an angel. At first I was skeptical but I finally relented that maybe he had. I ask what the angel said to him and he said, “Hey John, how are you doing.” I couldn’t hold it together and I started to laugh… that made him a bit angry and he ask me what I thought was so funny. “Nothing,” I replied, “It’s just an interesting greeting.
To be honest, I too believe that I have encountered angels at different times in my life. The scriptures tell us in Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” And I believe it. I believe when I was about 12 years old, an angel played basketball with me at a time when I really needed some help. I was feeling down and was actually thinking of ways to poison myself. The person or “angel” seemed interested in my life and talked about having faith in God to see me through.
That person greeted me with a simple line, “That’s a nice basketball. Do you want to play?” Not much of an angelic greeting either. It doesn’t resinate with the angelic greetings in the Bible. But whether my angel was divine or just a good hearted person who knew a young man needed encouragement I will never know. But either way that “being” helped me through a hard moment in my life.
So how do angels usually greet people. I guess with what they need most. Zachariah’s angel greeted him in the holy place at the altar of incense. His angel greeted him with “your prayers have been heard.” It was fitting that he angel should answer him on duty because incenses represents prayer. Zachariah thought that his answer came rather late because his prayer was to have a son and now he and his wife were old. But what reassurance there is in hearing, “your prayers have been heard.”
Gideon was another person whose angel greeted him with an unusual greeting. He was hiding in a winepress threshing grain so that the Midianites wouldn’t take his crops. The angel appeared to him and said, “Greetings, Mighty Warrior, The Lord is with you!” Gideon must have almost choked with laughter. He replied that his clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and he is the least in my family. But God took a man who was the weakest in his family and from the weakest clan and the weakest tribe and turned him into a might warrior for God.
My favorite angel greeting comes from Mary’s encounter with Gabriel. He simply approached her saying “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was troubled by the greeting because she was just a humble peasant girl from Nazareth. But God often uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary and so Mary replied to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” And Mary became the mother of our Lord and Savior.
Yes, I believe in angels. So how would an angel of the Lord greet you? What would your reaction be?
But angels are just messengers. The messenger can never be as great as the one who sent the message. The message comes from God. Don’t ever get so fascinated with angelic beings that you worship the created rather than the creator. Angelic beings are not as awesome and as wonder as our God who sends them.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending messengers who encourage us and lift us up. Whether they be heavenly beings or human beings, you messengers bring peace and blessings to those who believe. But as cool as angelic beings are they will never be greater than the Holy One who sends his greetings to us. Thank you, Lord for bring peace and comfort, and joy to our lives, In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.