It is very interesting that a friend of mine asked a question at Studylight.org about Angels. Then I get this in my inbox. This is a picture of Air Force C-130 releasing flares to repel heat seeking Missiles. The pattern formed by these "decoys" are how they got their name . . . Angel decoy. It's absolutely awesome!Maneuvers are usually in remote areas and over water, therefore the general public does not get to view these exercises.
I got to thinking about Angel Decoy. Are angels our protectors, such as guardian angels? Or, are they messengers like what angel means, or both? See Psalms 91, for clarification... Psalm 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You in all Your ways. 12 They shall bear You up in their hands, that You not dash Your foot on a stone.
Satan quotes this in Matthew when Jesus is tempted. This in no way makes God's promise in Psalm 91 any less a promise. There is a limitation, though. I've bolded it above. As I see it, if we Christians step outside God's ways, then we leave God's protection. Jesus never stepped outside God's ways but was perfect in every way. We humans are being sanctified, certainly, but we fail miserably along the way because we are not perfect. However...
Isn't it fascinating that Satan left that word out when quoting Psalm 91 to Jesus?
Matthew 4:6 And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it has been written: "He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and they shall bear You on their hands, lest You strike Your foot against a stone."
This is so amazing to me. The Word stopped Satan dead in his deceitful tracks. Jesus never stopped quoting what was written. And the angels will protect us as long as we walk in the ways of God.
I love what Matthew Henry says about how tenderly the angels bear up the saints out of danger, like a nurse (or mommy) gathering up her child in her arms. That is deep affection. Why would angels have this kind of affection for us? What is it about us that gives angels this tender feeling?
Our love for God's Son.
Can you imagine the joy and the rejoicing in Heaven when Jesus rose from the dead? Can you imagine how glorious was the tumult? God's Son the Victor! That is an amazing vision for me.
Psalm 8:1 To the chief musician, on the harp. A Psalm of David. O Jehovah, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth; You have set Your glory above the heavens!