“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these glad tidings.”
What do you have in common with all the Children of God?
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
If we consider - the absolute truth is not Daniel, not Zechariah, not Mary felt any day or any moment of their lives - The Archangel Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God Father Almighty - was ever just about to visit.
Look at the Renaissance Idea of Angels....
The Word of God does not record anyone asking if the Angels if they want crumpets with tea or an olive or celery in their drink.
The Bubonic Plague gives us the history of why Mary would be wanted to be god-like. People truly missed their mothers. People did not read the Bible, it was the age of illiteracy. An unknown fact to this time - they did not know Genesis records Adam being made in the image of God and then later Eve was from Adam.
God is a whole parent. The tenderness of Mother. The strength of Father. Remember Jesus had someone cry out blessed are the breasts that raised you. And Jesus replied, "More blessed are those who do the Will of God." Jesus has a very strong idea of what is what.
I was water sealing my backyard statues today and I suppose we all want angels to represent Peace, Love, Joy. And yet God is a 'peacekeeper'. God is the instuctor of His messengers - with the Power of the Holy Spirit.
Angels do something repetitiously for all the millenniums of Scripture. The first thing Angels say is very condensed. "FEAR NOT." You would Not be meeting someone stylized by Mattel Toys.
White Angel On Christ’s Grave Fresco From The Mileseva Monastery Circa 1230 AD In Serbia
Father God must find people interesting.
A priest is told his prayers are answered by an angel. Sometimes men are more harsh when they are afraid.
A teenager will lose her reputation and perhaps her betrothed and she is willing to do God's Plan. Zechariah is her cousin in law, and Mary might have surely decided to be brave and courteous.
Daniel is a slave in a lavish foreign culture seeing all types of behavior far from kosher and instead of being angry at his fate, apologizes for their sins. A slave apologizing to Father God for the reason he is a slave.
And all go away from God's messenger - enlightened.
God does not use coincidence. God uses His Plan and His Will. His Heavenly Host.
Here is "Raphael's" (One of the Archangels is Raphael) painting of Michael the Archangel.
Archangel Michael looks, as he kills evil, like a Roman Centurion. Jesus and the early disciples had several soldiers they were very fond of.
Does Michael the Archangel leave us advice?
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
Michael was polite in the face of extreme situations. God has chosen wisely in Michael.
Where did this story come from? It's not in the Old Testament. Jude is - the growing up in the same household - actual brother of Jesus Christ. I'd say his source is credible!
Why would we care about the images of angels?
We believe angels are polite - babies. We could tell them - we are only tired today and we are just grumpy. Angels say "Fear Not" and give commands and enlighten from God. Angels believe fully GOD is GOD.
No Angel is ever recorded as singin' a song travelin' along.
We believe being rude has power. Angels believe being Polite Has Power.
1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Maybe this is difficult for you. And why should you try?
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
The Word of God is pretty cast iron tight. What you sow = you reap.
Cast your bread upon the waters,
for you will find it after many days.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Matthew 15:11 It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Want an example with more umpha?
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
And another 'polite' comment on the fall of Jericho - the archaeologically proven fall of the Wall of Jericho. Rahab was a prostitute. And who wouldn't want to get out of that? Usually forced into prostitution as a youth. Rahab was polite to strangers and in this polite conversation - she served the Lord, saved her entire household, had a God Himself sized opportunity - just from being polite.
Another example? David felt as God's Anointed, he must be polite to King Saul. David felt that unless he was polite to Saul - he had not served God. It was not at all a worldly view to be polite to a king who even slaughtered priests for merely serving a meal; David was polite.
Did God reward David for his polite attention to God?
2 Samuel 7:18-29
David's Prayer of Gratitude
18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human!
20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord!
There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?
24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
28 Sovereign Lord, you are God!
Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
We hope to be as blessed as David. To be blessed like Joshua. And to react, with Your help, with courtesy, love, warmth and wisdom.
You Love is Steadfast. Nothing is too hard for You. Nothing is impossible.
In Your Love we give our concerns and the people we love to pray for. Knowing You are our Shepherd, Father and God. To You be the Glory. Please have Your Word bless and fulfill those we know stretching to the ones we love, this nation and the world. The Light of Christ to Shine Forth. Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †