When then we walk abroad, and “meditate in the field at the eventide,” how much has every herb and flower in it to surprise and overwhelm us! The text informs us that Almighty God makes His Angels spirits or winds, and His Ministers a flame of fire. 1. The very Seraphim hide their faces before His glory, while they praise Him; how shamefaced then should sinners be, when they come into His presence! Works of vengeance are likewise attributed to them. Now here Scripture interposes, and seems to tell us, that all this wonderful harmony is the work of Angels. Yet such, I fear, is the condition of many men nowadays, who talk loudly, and appear to themselves and others to be oracles of science, and, as far as the detail of facts goes, do know much more about the operations of Nature than any of us. Nor one more easily to be understood and felt by all men; for we know that at one time the doctrine of Angels was received even too readily. Hebrews 1:7, ESV: "Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”" Hebrews 1:7, KJV: "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire." In some indeed we see symptoms of intelligence, and we get to form some idea of what they are. layout: "video", They are sent by him to do his will; to carry out his designs. Now all these theories of science, which I speak of, are useful, as classifying, and so assisting us to recollect, the works and ways of God and of His ministering Angels. Nor are these thoughts without their direct influence on our faith in God and His Son; for the more we can enlarge our view of the next world, the better. The Services of religion, day by day, obedience to God in our calling and in ordinary matters, endeavours to imitate our Saviour Christ in word and deed constant prayer to Him, and dependence on Him, these are the due preparation for receiving and profiting by His revelations; whereas many a man can write and talk beautifully about them, who is not at all better or nearer heaven for all his excellent words. Psalm 104:4 “Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.” Jeremiah 20:9b “But His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back and I could not.” Hebrews 1:7 “In speaking of the angels He says, ‘He makes His angels winds, His servants Flames of Fire. The fires on Mount Sinai, the thunders and lightnings, were the work of Angels; and in the Apocalypse we read of the Angels restraining the four winds. Indeed, what do we know of the courts of heaven, but as peopled by them? But why do rivers flow? The text informs us that Almighty God makes His Angels spirits or winds, and His Ministers a flame of fire. Jesus Christ in the Sermon–Presence or Absence. "Who maketh winds his messengers; Flames of fire his ministers;." Verse 7. flaming fire—(Ps 105:32) being here so called. height: 400, There have been ages of the world, in which men have thought too much of Angels, and paid them excessive honour; honoured them so perversely as to forget the supreme worship due to Almighty God. Heaven indeed is the palace of Almighty God, and of Him doubtless we must think in the first place; and again of His Son our Saviour, who died for us, and who is manifested in the Gospels, in order that we may have something definite to look forward to: for the same cause, surely, the Angels also are revealed to us, that heaven may be as little as possible an unknown place in our imaginations. And I put it to any one, whether it is not as philosophical, and as full of intellectual enjoyment, to refer the movements of the natural world to them, as to attempt to explain them by certain theories of science; useful as these theories certainly are for particular purposes, and capable (in subordination to that higher view) of a religious application. Much more in the case of men: we see them move, speak, and act, and we know that all we see takes place in consequence of their will, because they have a spirit within them, though we do not see it. They are entirely under his command. Nor one more consolatory; for surely it is a great comfort to reflect that, wherever we go, we have those about us, who are ministering to all the heirs of salvation, though we see them not. Who maketh his angels spirits - The meaning here literally would be, "Who makes the winds his messengers," or "his angels;" that is, who employs them to execute his purpose; who sends them out as messengers or angels to do his will. For the application of this to the angels, and as employed by the apostle Paul to prove the inferiority of the angels to the Messiah, see the notes at Hebrews 1:7. But the sin of what is called an educated age, such as our own, is just the reverse: to account slightly of them, or not at all; to ascribe all we see around us, not to their agency, but to certain assumed laws of nature. What a number of beautiful and wonderful objects does Nature present on every side of us! The pestilence in Israel when David numbered the people, was the work of an Angel. Vain man would be wise, and he curiously examines the works of Nature, as if they were lifeless and senseless; as if he alone had intelligence, and they were base inert matter, however curiously contrived at the first. And his ministers a flame of fire; they are but ministers and servants, who reveal or perform his will to those to whom God sends them; honourable officers of the great King, fulfilling his pleasure, Hebrews 1:14, executing all his commands, and going and coming at his beck, Psalm 103:20,21. The very lowest of His Angels is indefinitely above us in this our present state; how high then must be the Lord of Angels! '” ELAINE TAVOLACCI - And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.A further intimation of the position assigned in the Old Testament to angels, contrasted by means of μὲν and δὲ, with further quotations with reference to the SON.A difficulty has been felt with regard to this passage (cited, as usual, from the LXX.) This world is to be a world of practice and labour; God reveals to us glimpses of the Third Heaven for our comfort; but if we indulge in these as the end of our present being, not trying day by day to purify ourselves for the future enjoyment of the fulness of them, they become but a snare of our enemy. Though many hundreds of years have passed since that time, and the world now vainly thinks it knows more than it did, and that it has found the real causes of the things it sees, still may we say, with grateful and simple hearts,” O all ye works of the Lord, O ye Angels of the Lord, O ye sun and moon, stars of heaven, showers and dew, winds of God, light and darkness, mountains and hills, green things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord, praise Him, and magnify Him for ever.” Thus, whenever we look abroad, we are reminded of those most gracious and holy Beings, the servants of the Holiest, who deign to minister to the heirs of salvation. Surely we are not told in Scripture about the Angels for nothing, but for practical purposes; nor can I conceive a use of our knowledge more practical than to make it connect the sight of this world with the thought of another. Why does the sun warm us? Well then, on this day’s Festival, may we sing the hymn of those Three Holy Children whom Nebuchadnezzar cast into the fiery furnace. 1. }); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); THE FEAST OF ST. SIMON AND ST. JUDE THE