We live in a culture almost obsessed with angels. Angels are good. A few years ago I shattered my elbow. A friend visited me immediately after my surgery. On his way home he had a vision of a mighty angel standing at my bedside stroking my broken arm. This was not your run-of-the-mill angel (if there is such a thing) – this was a mighty warrior angel. Because of how he described the angel to me, I now think of my guardian angel as Mr. Clean – you remember, the big, muscular African American bald man on the commercials. That’s the angel God has assigned to me. And I’m pretty happy about that!

But if you’re reading along with us this year, on Friday, your Resting at the River’s Edge reading included the following passage in Hebrews 1:

4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

5For to which of the angels did God ever say,

          “You are my Son; today I have become your Father” ?

                  Or again,

          “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son” ?

6And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

          “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

7In speaking of the angels he says,

          “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.”

8But about the Son he says,

          “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God,

has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

10He also says,

          “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

11They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.

12You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed.

But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

13To which of the angels did God ever say,

          “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

      Hebrews 1:4-13

I don’t usually quote such a lengthy passage, but do you hear the Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The angels worship the Lord! The throne of Lord Jesus will NEVER end. The Lord laid the foundations of the earth, the heavens are the works of HIS hands. He remains forever. And it is the Lord who sits at the right hand of God.

Angels are great…but let’s give our worship to the One who is worthy of it!

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