God sends an angel to guard and guide his people into the Promised Land
I’ve read the book of Exodus a dozen or so times, but I never remember reading today’s passage. I’m sure it was there, but it never clicked with me until now.
The Israelites have left Egypt. They wander around in the desert as God prepares them for what is to come.
In the midst of his instructions God promises to send an angel to his people. The angel will protect them and guide them to the Promised Land. God adds that the people must listen to the angel and do as he says.
If they resist the angel, he will hold it against them, because God is with the angel.
How amazing is that? The people will have a supernatural being to guard and guide them. (If only they had been better followers.)
While this promise is just to the Israelites at that time, God is able to do the same for us today. And it’s not unreasonable to consider that he will.
In fact, there have been times of desperation when, not knowing what to do, I called for God to send angels to fight for me in the spiritual realm.
I believe he did. Relief came quickly.
We don’t normally think too much about angels in our experiences today. But maybe we should. While we would be remiss to think too highly of angels, we are equally in error to dismiss them.
Do you think angels are active today? Have you ever had any angelic encounters?
[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Exodus 23-25, and today’s post is on Exodus 23:20-23.]
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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