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Daily Reading: 8th July 2016

Matthew 4.11 cont.

11 Then the devil left (leaves) Him, and, see, angels came and ministered to Him.

There are those times when we recognize that someone has been a great help to us, blessing us in unexpected ways, and probably supporting us in ways that are beyond our imagination. On these occasions some are apt to call their helpers ‘angels’, even though it is known that they are not angels, but friends or family.

However, there are those occasions when our Heavenly Father does send to us angels to assist, or minister to us, and we may be unaware of their presence.

It was after His being tempted by the devil that Jesus was visited and ministered to by angels.

We do not know in what ways the angels served Jesus, but perhaps we can assume that it was a service that was both spiritual and physical.

Spiritually Jesus had just done battle with satan and had overcome him. Maybe we can imagine that such of battle would have drawn strength from Him; therefore, the angels may have surrounded Him to strengthen Him in His spirit, bringing to Him the spiritual resources of Heaven.

No doubt there are many times when the Father dispatches angels to us in order to strengthen us after battling with the enemy, or to prepare us for a future event about which we may be unaware.

Perhaps the angels would also have ministered to the physical needs of Jesus. He has spent forty days and nights with no food. Physically He would have been weak through being under-nourished. We can imagine that the angels would have served the physical appetites and needs of Jesus.

The presence of God’s angels with us is a reality that we may often be totally unaware of. However, when we find that we are being helped out of a difficult situation by a stranger, we should seriously consider if the stranger is none other than an angel of the Lord.

The writer to the Hebrews was well aware of this and wrote:

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! – Hebrews 13.2 (NLT).

These are words that may well be true in our lives.

 

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