8-4 Angelic Help
We will see in Chapter 12 that the Angels were responsible for
the spiritual strengthening of our Lord against temptation , and
they therefore do the same for us, whose nature He shared. One of
the ways the Angels spiritually strengthen us is by revealing the
understanding of God's word to us, as they initially inspired it.
The following gently hint this way:
- "Gabriel. . being caused to fly swiftly. . . informed me, and
talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give
thee skill and understanding" in the word of God He had previously
revealed to him (Dan. 9:21,22). The Angel flying swiftly should
be compared with the passages which talk about running swiftly
in order to understand and obey God's word (Hab. 2:2; Amos 8:11,12;
Ps. 147:15; Dan. 12:4; 2 Thess. 3:1). Dan. 8:18 also describes
how the Angel gave Daniel spiritual revelation.
- Reflecting on the Angel leading Israel in the pillar of fire,
Nehemiah reflects "Thou (the Angel) gavest also thy good spirit
to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from
their mouth" (Neh. 9:20). In passing,
the association of an Angel with God's "good spirit" suggests
that the good and evil spirits that troubled Saul were actually
Angelically-controlled dispositions of mind, co-ordinated by two
different Angels. This giving of a new heart to Saul by the Angel
(1 Sam. 10:9) appears to be the basis of Jer. 31:33, where God
says He will make a new Covenant with them (remember it was an
Angel who made the Old Covenant also), when He "will put My Law
in their inward parts. . . and will be their God" . 'The God of
Israel' is an Angelic title (see Chapter 2). This giving a new
heart to Israel described here and in Jer. 32:39 and Ez. 36:26
appears to be over and above Israel's personal spirituality, although
as with the case of Saul it will probably be a vast magnification
of some small spiritual effort made of their own freewill, as
Saul must surely have had. Yet these words are quoted in the New
Testament about God doing this to our hearts now (Heb. 8:10);
inviting us to read the other passages in the New Testament concerning
the Spirit creating a new mind or creation in us as referring
to the Angel magnifying and developing the initial freewill effort
that we make to be spiritual. In this light consider Acts 15:8,9;
2 Cor. 3:3; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 3:14-20. The Angels being so strongly
associated with the word of God invites us to think that they
act in large measure through the word in effecting this 'magnification'
of our own effort.
- Rabshakeh retreated from Jerusalem because God “put a spirit
in him” (Is. 37:7 RV). The AV has: “I will send a blast / spirit
upon him”. Was it not that the Angel who later destroyed him came
upon him and put a spirit / disposition of mind within him that
made him want to retreat?
- "For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight (the Angels
are God's eyes) wisdom, and knowledge, and joy" (Ecc. 2:26).
- "There is a spirit (capacity to spiritually understand, in
the context in which Elihu is speaking) in man; and the inspiration
of the Almighty giveth them understanding" (Job 32:8). Does in-spirit-ation
have something to do with God's Spirit-Angel (Ps. 104:3,4) reviving
this spiritual capacity in man?
- Perhaps the satan which moved David to number Israel was a
Satan-Angel (2 Sam. 24:1), acting directly on David's heart to
bring about a trial for both David and Israel? This is one of
the many indications that the numbering of the people was not
David's sin. And perhaps it was a Satan-Angel that stood at Judas'
right hand (i. e. to influence him), confirming him in the way
he had chosen to go, as God hardened Pharaoh's already hard heart
The passages which talk about God's face shining upon men refer
primarily to the Angel in the Most Holy shining forth in blessing
upon men. Ps. 119:135 has the same idea: "Make Thy face to shine
upon Thy servant; and teach me Thy statutes". Here the reference
to the Angel is paralleled with having the understanding opened
to the Word, implying that the Angels (especially our guardian who
knows our needs so much?) open our eyes to the word (Ps. 119:18).
The Work Of The Spirit
The knotty problem of the Holy Spirit starts to be resolved if
we accept that God does all things by His Spirit, and that the Angels
use the Spirit of God to help us understand the word, e. g. through
the word itself or through bringing trials into our lives. "Open
thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law"
(Ps. 119:18) may be alluding to the Angel opening Hagar's eyes to
see a well of water (cp. the word) in the desert (Gen. 21:19). Indeed,
the "Holy Spirit" may refer to a specific Angel set apart for this
purpose of strengthening us so that we might reach the Kingdom,
like the wilderness Angel provided Israel with the manna (= the
word of God, so Jesus reasons in Jn. 6) and every type of sustenance
in order that they should get through the wilderness to the promised
land. In the same way, the Holy Spirit is associated with our calling
and chosing. The Angel was associated with the sealing of the believers
(Rev. 7:2,3). We must not "grieve the Holy Spirit of God (cp. how
Israel vexed the Holy Spirit Angel-Is. 63:10) whereby ye are sealed".
Eph. 4:30 also links this grieving the Holy Spirit (referring to
the Holy Spirit Angel of Is. 63:10) and abusing God's sealing of
us, as if by the unspiritual behaviour Paul is speaking of in Eph.
4 we will truly grieve or sadden our Angel who has sealed us.
"The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord
knoweth them that are His" (2 Tim. 2:19). Thus the Angelic Holy
Spirit sealing is associated with God's foreknowledge. "Whom He
did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of His son (in spiritual attributes). . . whom He did predestinate,
them He also called. . . justified. . . glorified. . . if
God be for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:29-31).
Our being known by God at the beginning, our predestination, our
calling and final glorification are all things which
are achieved by the Holy Spirit sealing Angel. The sealing is also
associated with the circumcision of the heart (mind) in Rom. 4:11,
and with believing the word (Jn. 3:33) and believing in Christ (1
Jn. 5:10). All these things are ultimately the result of our freewill.
Further connection between the seal and the word is found in the
"Lay up these words in your
"Set me (the bridegroom, Jesus,
the Word) as a
. . . and bind them for a sign
seal upon thine heart"
“Bind (these words) for a sign
upon your hand".
"A seal upon thine arm"
Because being sealed is an individual process (Jn. 3:33 "he has
set to his seal. . . "), it would be fitting if our guardian angel
was heavily involved in this work, revealing those things to us
from the word which will help us circumcise our mind and overcome
our personal weaknesses, in response to our desire for those things.