Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out,
-The Apostles performed many miracles, signs & wonders in Jerusalem & were highly esteemed by the people. This distressed the high priest & Sadducees who imprisoned them. In their cause of life, the apostles made God their pillar & He sent his angel by night to free them from affliction.
-Angel is written as malak in Hebrew & it means envoy. Angels were created by God to serve Him & His children, are powerful spirits, immortal, have different ranks & functions & cannot reproduce. They ranks as follows:- Angel of the Lord, Archangels, Principalities, Cherubim & Seraphim.
-Their primary role is to worship God, serve Him & serve His children. As servants of God, they heed to His divine assignments according to their functions. Cherubim who protected Gods holiness were placed in the garden of Eden after the fall of man to guard the way to the tree of life. They also guarded the ark of the Testimony thus protecting the law given to Moses. Principalities on the other hand are angels of darkness who war against Abraham’s seed. Satan, their leader was once an angel of the Lord but in his selfish ambitions wanted to be like God & Archangel Michael fought him together with his troops out of heaven. In one instance in Daniel’s life, these principalities caused a three weeks delay in his prayer & Archangel Michael ministered to him. This brings us to a realization that we war against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness & spiritual hosts. The Angel of the Lord who is highest in rank appeared to Moses in form of a burning bush. Moses was instructed to take off his sandals for His presence made the place holy. Joshua received the same instruction when he went to battle against Jericho. He worshiped the Angel of Lord, Who did not stop him for it is an abomination to worship angels. Further, God told the Israelites that, He has send His angel before them, Whos’ name is in Him, has power to pardon transgressions & will bring them to the promised land. Christ is therefore referred to as the Angel of the Lord in Old Testament until John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Him so that He could dwell among us. Angels worship God in myriads as experienced by John in Revelation. When we make the Lord our refuge & dwelling place, He gives His angels charge over us to protect us from all danger for they are ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation.
We thank You Father for the peace & tranquillity that we continue to experience in our lives & country. May we experience the same peace that only You can provide. We know that You send your angels to protect us at the wake of danger & minister to us when we are weary. We give You thanks & worship You for You are worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory & blessing. Guide us in our lives & help us to know You more. Amen
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