Sunday, September 26, 2010

Angels: part 1

As many of my school friends know, for this week and the next two, a professor is leading a Bible study on angels at my soon-to-be-new-home church. Some tidbits:

  • Angels do certainly exist (Genesis 3:24, Genesis 32:1-2, Luke 2:13-14); when were they created? Many hypotheses, but sometime within Creation week
  • "Angel" = Gk. άγγελος = messenger ("evangelist")
  • Why is "the Angel of the LORD" the preincarnate Christ?
  • Always identified as the Angel
  • In Judges 13, answers "I am" to Menoah/wife
  • "My name is wonderful"
  • Menoah/wife realize that "we have seen God"!
  • The Angel ascended in the flame - part of the sacrifice?
  • Nature - spirits (i.e. without bodies; Hebrews 1:14),
  • appearing to humans in various forms (Genesis 18:2 and 19:1) as frightening
  • "personal" beings (2 Samuel 14:20, Mark 13:32, 2 Peter 2:11, Matthew 22:30)
  • Great number (Daniel 7:10, Luke 2:13)
  • Ranks and orders - some scholars have gone into much detail, but for sure:
  • Colossians 1:16 - created under and by God
  • Ephesians 6:12 - these may be sequential
  • Ezekiel 10 - frightening and just plain WEIRD appearance of cherubim!
  • Isaiah 6:1-6 - seraphim have six wings and form heavenly choirs!
  • Daniel 10:13 etc. - Michael is the chief prince of God's people (N. B. Jude 9)
  • Revelation 12:7-12 - Michael led angel armies to cast Satan out of heaven
Good stuff? I think so! More next week. :)

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