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Debunking the Myths about Angels, (Part 2)
Series: Debunking the Myths about Angels
What do angels do, anyway? Fly around on Valentine’s Day shooting potential suitors with arrows? Swoop down and rescue small children from raging rivers just in the nick of time? Or perhaps they’re assigned to adults, guarding perfect parking spots and dropping $20 bills on the sidewalk on the day the checkbook balance turns three shades of red. In Part I of “Debunking the Myths about Angels”, we tackled the myths, Angels are fat baby cherubs with pinchable cheeks and All angels are good. In this lesson, we’ll tackle the myths regarding angels’ job descriptions, their supernatural powers, and whether people can become angels when they die. Myth: Angels sit around on clouds all day shooting arrows at would-be lovers and playing the harp. Truth: Angels have significant, purposeful job assignments in heaven and on earth. 1. Angels worship and serve God. Angels primary job is to worship the Lord and call attention to his glory. This description of what happens in the throne room of God from the book of Isaiah is an awe-inspiring example: “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa. 6:1-3). 2. Angels perform the will of God. In Daniel 10:11 the archangel Gabriel described one of his missions. He mentions how the archangel Michael assisted him: "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you. . . Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia” (Dan. 10:11-13). 3. Angels minister to believers. This is perhaps the most well-known role of angels—that of a guardian or protector. I remember falling asleep as a child under the painting by Lindberg Schutzengel, Guardian Angel and Children Crossing Bridge. It is a mental picture that has lingered with me all my life.
Do children have their very own guardian angels? Mothers of boys certainly think so, although considering some of the near misses and accidents their children encounter, they might wonder if their sons' angels nap a lot. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 seem to imply that children do indeed have specially appointed watchmen with privileged access to the Father: “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones," he said. "For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in ...
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