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And Let all the Angels of God Worship Him

Hebrews 1:4 – 8 — “Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

“For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?

“And again, when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.”

The angels of God are mighty beyond our understanding.  The Son, however, though made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, is by inheritance so much greater, in position, strength, and honor.

Think for a moment about the power of the angels as manifested in the scriptures.  When David numbered the people of Israel at Satan’s provocation, he chose the LORD’s punishment, which was “three days, the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel” (2 Chronicles 21:12).  In the pestilence, 70,000 of the men of Israel fell.  When David saw this angel “stand between the earth and the heaven having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 21:16), he fell on his face in fear, crying out for the deliverance of Jerusalem and judgment on himself that the people of God would not be destroyed, yet this mighty angel, as all the rest, worship the Son.

2 Kings 19:35 — “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.”

One night:  185,000 of Assyria’s finest warriors destroyed.  This is the work of one angel of the Lord.  This angel with his mighty destructive capability, also worships the Son of God, for the Word clearly states “Let all the angels of God worship Him”.

The angels, magnificent as they are, do not get the privilege of the future government of this earth. But to the Son:

Psalm 2:6 – 8 — “Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion.

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.

“Ask of me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.”

This is given to the Son, as Son of Man, and also as Son of David:

2 Samuel 7:12 – 14 — “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son…”

While this refers directly to Solomon and the immediate future of the sons of David as kings over Israel, the God-inspired apostle speaks of this as referring to the greater Son of David, who will  “be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32 – 33).  This Son of David will be “called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).  It is of Him that the LORD declares “Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.”  This word to Mary about the Son of God was spoken to her by the angel Gabriel.

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

The “sons of God” as they are called in Job 2:1 and 38:7 saw the work of creation and shouted for joy.  This work of creation that they witnessed is the work of the Son of God.

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14) was the praise from angels when the Savior was born.  The heavenly army sought no praise for itself, but for the God Whom they served.

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

The prophet Daniel saw in his vision of the times of the Gentiles, the future kingdoms of this world as ravening beasts.  Then he saw this:

Daniel 7:9 – 10 — “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

 The angels of God in Heaven are learning even now the ways of God, and His manifold wisdom.  The Apostle Paul declares of the mystery that Christ revealed to Him, that which is called the unsearchable riches of Christ, has a ministry to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies:

Ephesians 3:8 – 11 — “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord…”

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

The angels worship the Son as the Lamb of God, and at the throne when the seven-sealed book will be open, and the day of salvation will be at its end and the day of wrath will commence, the angels will bring the seven-sealed book to the Lamb:

Revelation 5:11 – 12 — “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

Not one in heaven or in earth was worthy to open that book, except for the Lamb of God, Who is the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Of Him the Word of God declares:

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

Revelation 5:13 – 14 — “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever.”

Philippians 2:9 – 11 — “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

“And let all the angels of God worship Him”

Psalm 148:1 – 6 —

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise Him in the heights.”

“Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts.”

“Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light.”

“Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”

“Let them praise the Name of the LORD: for He commanded, and they were created.”

“He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass.”

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Charles Miller View All

Husband, father, engineer...Enjoys fishing, archery, guitar, running, and lifting, but most of all reading and studying God's Word.

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