Hebrews 1 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Now, to which of the angels has G_d ever said: Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?” Heb 1:13-14
It has been said, “Pertaining to angels, there are two things to avoid: giving them too much thought, and not enough.”
I have met people who are completely preoccupied with angels. It seems like everything that happens in their lives is mystically attached to some demonic or angelic influence. It is hard to discuss the practical aspects of faith with those people. If it’s not spooky, they aren’t interested. It seems nothing is ever their fault! “The Devil made me do it…”
On the other hand, many people don’t believe in angels. They believe in G_d & people. One of the most difficult things to overcome, when sharing the gospel with the Jewish community, is the prevalent unbelief in the angelic, which is taught in many synagogues. This makes it almost impossible to communicate the realities of Satan’s influence, the antichrist, or hell, for that matter?
I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on angels. I know they are there, but I don’t worship them by giving them excess honor or fear. I pray that G_d will protect me, support me, and give me influence for His gospel. How He answers those prayers in the angelic realm is His business.
Two very important lessons about angels can be found in today’s passage of Scripture.
1) Yeshua is above angels. Some people believe that G_d’s holiness is held in balance, by His “evil equal” Satan. That’s wrong. Satan’s counterpart is Michael, the archangel. They are both, ANGELS. G_d has no equal, evil or otherwise.
2) Angels are ministering spirits sent out to serve believers…or those who WILL believe. You may say, “No. Angels serve only G_d.” But the text indicates that angels serve anyone in the family of G_d. One of the benefits to being a believer is the reality that angels influence conditions in our lives…by G_d’s will and direction, which is ultimately in our better interest.
Followers of Yeshua are co-inheritors with Him. As Yeshua lived up to the character of the Name He inherited, so should we strive to honor the L_rd, Whose Name we have inherited as believers. To do otherwise, would be to receive His Name in vain…to say we are His, yet live as if we are still the World’s. By the way, that is the essence of the 3rd commandment.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Sunday, November 10, 2013