Connect this verse to the Old Testament account (in 1Kings13) of the two "men of God" and how one of them lied to the other. The one who believed the lie, rather than what had been told him by the Lord directly, suffered the ultimate fate -- killed (though not eaten) by a lion! Now the Devil goes about "as a roaring lion", seeking whom he may devour. 1Pet5:8.
Moral: Don't violate the Word of God, even if an angel tells you to!
Romans 15:4 tells us "whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning". Not just
our reading pleasure or light entertainment, but for learning
The lying prophet (a scriptural paradox or oxymoron) said that
an angel told him to say it!
- We don't get our
faith from angels--we trust only in the Word of the Lord which is
the sixty-six books of the Bible--- the 39 books of the Old
Testament and the 27 books of the New. Which is not to say that
angels can't be seen or heard, or be beneficial; but beware of
anything or anyone who contradicts the Truth that is Jesus and
The Word. Are you adding to the Word? Leaving out something? Well
of course we all do that to a certain extent every time we
discuss it, but let's endeavor to keep the gist of what we're
saying true to the entirety of Scripture.
Angels are strong and powerful (2Pet2:11, Ps103:20) and there's
an incredible number of them (Heb 12:22), and they're of a higher
order or more advanced stage of life than mankind (Heb 2:7,9, Mk
12:25). They seem to be right at home in the fire (Judg 13:20,
Ps104:4, Heb 1:7) and able to appear or disappear at will. Jesus
said that twelve legions of them would respond if he would just
say the word. Mt26:53.
We're warned not to worship the angels (Col 2:18), and that we
might be entertaining them without being aware of it, Heb 12:2.
The children have their own personal angels in heaven, Mt18:10,
and perhaps the adults also, but it takes time for the angels to
get back and forth, Dan 10:12. In his case it was twenty one
days, or three weeks! Maybe they aren't flying at all, but rather
climbing up and down ladders as Jacob dreamed in Gen28:12. Do you
suppose that only refers to angels who haven't earned their
wings, like in "It's A Wonderful Life"?
The Sistine Chapel in the
Vatican not withstanding, there doesn't seem to be any record of
female angels in Scripture, nor fat baby angels either, and it's
possible that even the good angels will include some who are less
than perfect because Paul wrote how we'd be judging them in the
world to come: 1Cor6:3. Maybe that will include the one named
Moroni who brought the "newer" [sic] gospel to the
Mormons. And, oh yes, the angels Raphael and Uriel are not from
the canon of Scripture, but from the historical books of the
The ranks of the angels seem to begin at the top with the
Archangel Michael, Jude 9, and then Gabriel, Lk 1:19, followed by
the Seraphim of Isaiah 6 and the Cherubims, Ex25:18 who watch
over the Ark of the Covenant, and who help guard the Way of the
Tree of Life, Gen3:24. This heavenly caste system might cause us
to reflect on Psalm 75:6 and how promotion comes from God who
dwells in the "sides of the north". Ps48:2.
It's a traditional tendency to think of
all angels as good, and of heaven as an idyllic place of
perfection and peace, but the Bible also tells us about the
angels of Satan, the bad messengers (2Cor 11:14, Rev9:11)
including the pride-filled fallen Lucifer, (Isa 14:12) and about
a war in heaven! Rev12:7. Maybe we aren't going to get as much
Rest as we counted on..?? Heb4:9.
Horse & Rider -- Ex15
They that Wait upon...-- Isa40:31
Fear Not -- Isa43:1
Therefore the Redeemed -- Isa51:11
Blow the trumpet in Zion -- Joel 2
Blessed be my Rock -- Ps18:46
Unto thee, O Lord -- Ps25
I will bless the Lord -- Ps34:1
Clap your hands... -- Ps47:1
Great is the Lord -- Ps48:1
Whoso offereth praise -- Ps50:23
HAVE YOU SEEN? ..THE...
It's a figure of speech, silly!
And he wants you to wear spiritual shoes! Eph6:15
Hear My Prayer -- Ps61:1
Thus will I bless thee -- Ps63:3
Let God Arise -- Ps68:1
I will sing of the mercies -- Ps89:1
The Secret Place.. "Feathers" -- Ps91
It is a Good Thing to sing... -- Ps92
Bless the Lord, O my soul -- Ps103
Let the Redeemed Say So -- Ps107:2
Thy Word is a Lamp -- Ps119:105
Come Bless the Lord -- Ps134
His Mercy endureth forever -- Ps136
The Day the Lord has made -- Ps118:24
My Beloved is Mine -- SofS 2:16
Rejoice! -- Phil 4:4
I lay in Zion -- 1Pet2:6
Chosen Generation -- 1Pet2:9
Thou Art Worthy -- Rev4:11
Add your own favorites to this list,
then cut it out and put it in your own Bible.