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Angels from the Realms of Glory…

Read the following Psalm, meditating upon each phrase and reminding yourself of verse 5 – “He commanded and they were created.” EVERYTHING named in this Psalm was created, and one day everything here will praise Him! This is the Amplified version:

(Psa 148:1) PRAISE THE Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!

(Psa 148:2) Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His hosts!

(Psa 148:3) Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you stars of light!

(Psa 148:4) Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens!

(Psa 148:5) Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.

(Psa 148:6) He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away [He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed over].

(Psa 148:7) Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps!

(Psa 148:8) You lightning, hail, fog, and frost, you stormy wind fulfilling His orders!

(Psa 148:9) Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars!

(Psa 148:10) Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

(Psa 148:11) Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers and judges of the earth!

(Psa 148:12) Both young men and maidens, old men and children!

(Psa 148:13) Let them praise and exalt the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted and supreme! His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven!

(Psa 148:14) He has lifted up a horn for His people [giving them power, prosperity, dignity, and preeminence], a song of praise for all His godly ones, for the people of Israel, who are near to Him. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) [Ps. 75:10; Eph. 2:17.]

Psalm 148 is a prophetic passage that will take place after the Lord establishes His Kingdom.

The main point for this post is that the hosts of angels were created beings. My computer programs allow me to search for every mention of angel or angels and reading them gives me a quick study.

The Hebrew word for angel is mal’âk – From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): It has been translated: – ambassador, angel, king, and messenger. (-from Strong’s dictionary)

Today I was interested in the phrase, “angel of the Lord.” (Young’s literal translation says, “messenger of the Lord.”) The first usage surprised me. It was in connection to Sarah’s maid, Hagar in Genesis 16. Hagar has conceived a child and is “lightly esteeming” her mistress, Sarah. Abraham gives Sarah permission to do with her handmaid as she pleases, so she deals harshly with her. Hagar runs away.

Gen 16:7-13 Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.

And he said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”

Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.”

Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they shall be too many to count.”

The angel of the LORD said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.

“And he will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “Thou art a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?”

I get the impression from all my references that although some people were awestruck or frightened, it still seemed “normal,” to an extent, to converse with angels. In verse 13, above, Hagar calls the angel, “the God Who sees.” She wonders how did she remain alive after such an experience. Earlier, Eve spoke freely with satan, a God-created angel. She did not run away from him in fear.

As I scanned all the results of my “angel” searches, angels are heard blessing the LORD as well as assisting Lot, his wife, and 2 daughters, to flee Sodom. They are God’s “ministers” – doing His will, in many different ways. Makes one think twice about 1 Cor. 6:3a – Do you not know that we shall judge angels?

 

 

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December 29, 2010 - Posted by | Angels

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