Angel of the Lord

By Linda Tancs

In the Old Testament you’ll find frequent use of the phrase “the angel of the Lord” regarding manifestations (see, e.g., Judges 6:12; Psalm 34:7). Contrary to popular belief, this does not refer to angels like Gabriel or Michael making appearances. Theologically, most scholars agree that the phrase refers to Christ because He has always been the representation of God on earth (John 1:1). Just as in the New Testament (Philippians 4:13), Christ has strengthened, protected and delivered the saints of old.

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Secret Agents

By Linda Tancs

The song Secret Agent Man describes someone who is vulnerable to evil forces, always one step away from destruction. That could easily describe any of us were it not for the fact that God has given us special “secret agents,” the angels (Psalm 34:7). Although sometimes visible (e.g., Luke 1:19, 26-27) much of the time they work behind the scenes, protecting us and guiding us against the forces of evil (Psalm 91:11–12). We popularly refer to them as “guardian angels.” But their role is so much more than protection. They also worship God continually (Revelation 4:8), carry out some of His judgments (Revelation 16:1) and patrol the earth (Zechariah 1:10-11).

The Bible reminds us to extend hospitality to strangers because you might be entertaining an angel unawares (Hebrews 13:2). Maybe you’ve encountered an angel without knowing it. It could’ve been that stranger on the bus who seemed to know just the right thing to say to you. Or an airline seatmate with an uncanny understanding of your career frustration. Maybe someone on the train told you to smile. Cherish those encounters. You just never know.

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