Did you read the news story about the mysterious priest who appeared to pray at the scene of a car accident with the victim trapped inside her car? You can read the full story here. It seems like he could have been an angel who showed up at an opportune moment to help a Christian girl survive a car wreck on her way to church. It reminds me of this passage in
“For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you’.”
Satan Challenges God To Remove His Protection From Job, 1562, pen and ink on paper, Maerten van Heemskerck
I knew that Satan fell from heaven (or was kicked out ignominiously), but I never knew what kind of an angel he was. See my post on Orders of Angels for more info on the different kinds of angels and demons out there. I figured he might have been second in command or something. Isn’t it always the generals who lead the coups? Then I came across this passage in Ezekial. (FYI: Ezekial is a great read, full of supernatural visions and creatures.) Ostensibly, it’s describing the king of Tyre, but my study bible notes that this passage also applies to Satan.
“You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; . . . You were the annointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, ‘Till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing, Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones, Your heart was proud because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground.”
Say what? Satan is a Cherub? Not the fat-baby-with-wings kind, but the kind of angel with four wings, eyes all over, and wheels for feet. Wow. That means he’s outranked by both Seraphim and Archangels. He was way down the authority ladder, but he still wanted to rule. Check out the ego on that guy. I guess that’s why we say that pride goes before the fall.
Bedazzled, a 1967 film starring Dudley Moore. Yes, that’s Raquel Welch as Lust.
Okay, this movie was made before I was born, but still, it’s worth viewing. Bedazzled (1967) is written by Peter Cook who also stars as the devil. He makes a British devil character so funny and so appealing. I’m using the very same conceit in my novel. Dudley Moore stars as a poor sap, Stanley Moon, who works at Wimpy’s (a greasy spoon in London) and is hopelessly in love with a waitress played by Eleanor Bron. Moon makes a deal with the devil that goes horribly wrong in so many hilarious ways that I don’t even want to tell you about them. I’ll only say that some of my favorite scenes involve a music video, ice lollies (posicles), and a nun on a trampoline. You’re going to thank me for this theologically sound, comically funny recommendation.
Can an old lady get one over on Satan? You’re going to have to read this smartly written, theologically sound, and amusing short story to find out. It starts out very dark but it lightens up rather quickly and ends on a high note. Check out “The Devil’s Snare” by Steven Torres on Amazon.
The Dream of Elijah painting by Philippe de Champaigne, 1650-55
When I think of angelic food, my mind goes to angel-food cake and ambrosia, that whipped-cream-based, marshmallow-laden fruit salad from my youth. Do you know what angels actually show up with when feeding people in the Bible? Barley cakes and water. Now, I know if I were starving in the desert, I would probably prefer barley cakes and water to angel-food cake, but still. Seriously though, this passage tells me that angels can physically manifest food and water or at least manifest themselves long enough to cook/and or transport food and water to a specific, earthly location.
I Kings 19:58
Then as Elijah lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then Elijah looked and there by his head was a cake baked on coals and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat because the journey is too great for you.” So Elijah arose and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb (Sinai), the mountain of God.
This Present Darkness, Kindle Edition, by Frank Peretti
Have any of you read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti? If not, go to Amazon right now and buy the Kindle edition. I’ll wait.
Have you got it? Good. Because you’re going to enjoy the story line. It has suspense and mystery. And you’re going to like the characters. They’re fun. But most of all, you’re going to enjoy the fact that this book is completely biblically accurate. I love how Peretti portrays the way angels help us, and demons oppress us, and influence us to behave badly. Sure, this book is 27 years old. But humans are still humans and demons are still demons so it’s perfectly relevant today. You’re gonna thank me for this one.