The start of chapter 11 of Daniel sees the angel, speaking to Daniel, telling him that he (the angel) had come to protect the person of Darius the Mede. The last verse of chapter 10 had alluded to the (narrating) angel assisting the archangel Michael as well, but verse 1 of chapter 11 indicates that the (narrating) angel had been tasked with defending Darius; as (probably) the most powerful angel in God’s realm, Michael would not have needed angelic protection. You’ll recall that Darius was the sub-ruler, under Cyrus, who governed Babylon after Babylon had been overtaken by Media-Persia. Please also recall our last discussion, where we posited how angels battle for us, sometimes many years before we’re born.
Once again I’ll ask: have you ever considered that invisible angels have done battle on your behalf, battles you never see, or feel, or maybe even know have happened? And how does it feel to know you have someone protecting you?
In our superficial world, it’s easier to believe in angels than it is to believe in the triune God who created them. Just ten years ago, according to CBS News, 8 in 10 Americans believed in angels (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-nearly-8-in-10-americans-believe-in-angels/). That says something, but it’s easy to believe in the beings you see on TV, or in decorations, or in the movies. I mean, every Christmas, “It’s A Wonderful Life” comes on your TV to tell the story of how Clarence the Guardian Angel comes to help his man in need. And even people who don’t seem to want to have much to do with Jesus are quick to ask Him for guiding and guarding angels to protect them and their loved ones.
It’s comforting to believe in an invisible someone who makes it their business to protect you, fight for you, ward off unseen and unspeakable evil on your behalf, and guard you and those you love. It’s comforting even as those beings in whom you believe are supernatural, mysterious, and much more powerful than any of us.
Still, there are other facts. People don’t become angels when we die; Frank Capra had that wrong. No, angels aren’t the equals of humans; only people were made in God’s image, even as angels are endowed by God with supernatural powers that humans don’t seem to have. And, no angels aren’t redeemed by Christ. That honor is reserved only for people, even as God has special relationships with these holy beings who He created. When angels fall – and many have – they become demonic, damned.
And yet people believe more in angels than they do in the Jesus who created them. Go figure.
For further reading: Genesis 1:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Daniel 11:2
Lord, thank You for Your angels and all they do on Your behalf
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