Last post, I had a quiz about angels. Maybe some of the answers surprised you? In this post, I’ll share some biblical info on angels, especially in regards to the quiz.
Yes, it is true. The Bible doesn’t say that angels sing! Look at some of the angel passages. Luke 2:13 states the angels were “praising God and saying”, not sang. Or Revelation 5:11-12 states the angels “said with a loud voice”, not sang. Etc. It seems angels praise, speak, speak loudly, shout – but it actually does not say they sing. Perhaps we can infer it though. Please realize this is shared in the spirit of trivia! It is certainly nothing to argue about – maybe they do sing.
Did Christ say he could have called 10,000 angels? No. That comes from a song. It is actually 12 legions of angels (see Matthew 26:53). A legion in the Roman army consisted of 3,000 to 6,000 troops. Again, this is simply trivia. The point is that Christ could have called a large number of angels.
Does each person have their own guardian angel assigned to them? Especially children? The Bible does not clearly say this. Verses such as Psalm 34:7 and Psalm 91:11 do indicate that angels can guard and protect us. That is not in question. But what about personal guardian angels? The term “guardian angel” is not used in the Bible and there is not clear cut teaching on it.
Referring to children, Matthew 18:10 says that “their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” The precise meaning of this statement eludes us. It could be there are angels for individual children or collectively for all children. If individual angels are meant, this verse indicates that the angels are actually in heaven in the Father’s presence, and not on earth watching the children. The main point of this passage is not specific instruction on the role of angels, but that children are very important to God.
Acts 12:1-19 is a early church narrative where the believers say it must be Peter’s angel, rather than Peter himself at the door. The statement about “his angel” reflects the thinking of the early church gathered there. Since this is not supported by other Scripture, all it can really prove is that some early Christians thought each believer had an angel. Again, the point of this passage is not instruction on angels but describing an event in the early church.
Perhaps each person has a guardian angel, but perhaps not. We shouldn’t be adamant about it. Regardless, angels can guard and protect us. More on angels next post!