As we close our series on freedom, I hope you get a clue to next month here. Let’s talk about people who were freed by angels in the Bible. Though there are others than Peter, here, and sometimes angels were at work but it may not describe it, they go back to the patriarchs, so we know there were a lot of rescues, we will highlight a few.
Angels were in heaven, likely in Eden and, visited Abraham, delivered people, they were behind a lot of instances in violent and turbulent times after the fall, and even some of the fell. They got into the story of Jacob and Esau, ladders or stairs went to heaven and they descended and ascended.
Jesus, Himself, appeared as the Angel of the Lord, they shut the mouth of the lions for Daniel, it was Jesus with the friends in the fiery furnace, so you see God can command His angels and bring you freedom.
Whether or not you know it, they are at work for believers and that is why God wants us to walk in love and be obedient, we have an enemy and he would destroy our lives and testimony if he could. He will send His angels before us and He can send them to deliverance.
Now, let’s look at Peter.
Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.
I do like this story, Peter is delivered in one of those last minute scenarios that God is famous for, you the I was ( fill in the blank ) dying, suicidal, desperate, down and out…..but God, we have all heard those testimonies haven’t we?
God showed up for Him, the gospel had to be preached and God intervened and saved Peter. And I know He has me and probably you, and we might not even know it, and some we do, and were angel involved? They could have been.
What I like is that Peter doesn’t even realize it is an angel actually there, he thought it was a vision. And yet his chains fell off. I want all ours to fall off, while we may not be prisoners, we are in a sense if we have not been truly set free in Christ.
Peter came to himself, he was probably experiencing a lot, pain from the chains, hunger or thirst, despair, exhaustion or even fear, but God came through and was freed by an angel.
Thank you for reading about freedom, you can always go back if you need to for all July posts.
Father, in Jesus name, thank you for the words you give me to express your love. I pray wisdom, discernment for us, His peace and that the Son sets us free.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Gerard van Honthorst Dutch painter 4 November 1592 – 27 April 1656