God, Angels, and Men

The book of Zechariah begins, and it takes place at almost the same time as the previous book of Haggai.  God is speaking to both of these prophets during the time when the people are rebuilding the temple.  An interesting character is involved in today’s story.

‘During the night I had a vision—and there before me was a man riding a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses. I asked, “What are these, my lord?”  The angel who was talking with me answered, “I will show you what they are.”  Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth.’

“And they reported to the angel of the Lord, who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace.” Then the angel of the Lord said, “Lord Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?”  So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.’   — Zechariah 1:8-13

I find it meaningful that God sent an angel to speak to Zechariah in a vision.  As the angel receives the answer he requested from the horsemen, what does he do next?  He appeals directly to God on behalf of the Jewish nation to relent and give favor to the people!  If we ever thought of angels as being silent and subservient only, we see new character traits in these verses.  God’s angels look upon His people, just as the Lord does, and they desire peace and restitution between God and man – to the point that they will ask God direct questions about His future plans.

Moreover, we see God responding to the angel’s questions with soothing words.  Clearly, there is a special relationship between God, angels, and men.


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