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Sermon 6/4/06
Psalm 91:11 – Invisible

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Invisible

He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11)

The Bible is full of references to amazing and wonderful creatures that inhabit the realm of the Spirit. Included are angels, beings far more powerful than humans. The activity of just one of them is recorded in 2 Kings 19:35 and its context: “It came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses – all dead!” The devastation was so complete that the great Sennacherib, king of Assyria, ended his military campaign suddenly. It is reported he “departed and went away, returned home and remained at Ninevah” (2 Kings 19:36). Just ONE “angel” was so powerful he frightened the mighty Sennacherib into running to his home.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was about to be taken captive, one of his disciples (Simon Peter – John 18:10) pulled out a sword and swung it, cutting off the ear of the servant of the High Priest. The writer, Matthew, heard Jesus say, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Jesus continued, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than TWELVE legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:51-53). ONE angel killed 185,000 Assyrians. A typical Roman Legion consisted of between 6,000 and 12,000 fighting men. If ONE angel could do so much, think about the “twelve legions” Jesus spoke about – It’s wonderful to know that beings so powerful are protecting YOU right this minute.

Angels provide assistance and safety to us, as we can see in today’s Scripture: “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). Those angels can “see” us; otherwise they could not respond to the call of God, to either help or otherwise intervene for your safety. When your door is closed and you think you’re alone – you’re not! The angelic realm usually operates through something like a one-way mirror. They always see us, but God’s will for the most part, is that we do not see them.

They are “invisible.” That’s hard for us to conceive or accept, because invisibility is thought to be only in the realm of science fiction or fantasy. We can write books about invisibility, but we can’t do it, and what we can’t do is generally thought to be impossible. Since angels are so seldom seen, many do not believe in them, deciding that, “If you can’t see, touch, or hear something, it doesn’t exist.” Isn’t that amazing? – we are taught to not believe in something or someone we cannot see! It is a belief system that stifles our creativity and it leaves us open to the danger of not believing in that which is real.

Many have had trouble believing in prophetic sections of Scripture that have not yet been fulfilled. In Books such as Revelation, whole cities suddenly go up in smoke (Revelation 18:19), which was thought to be impossible until World War II, when it was shown that one bomb could destroy an entire city. The idea that “every eye shall see Him” (Revelation 1:7) was thought to be ridiculous until the advent of television, allowing people all over this earth to see the same event simultaneously. And now invisibility is going from the impossible to the probable, and then to the likely; all within the next few years.

Here’s a recent Associated Press article, entitled “Future of Invisibility Becoming Clear”: Scientists are developing “metamaterials…” (that) can be tuned to bend electromagnetic radiation, radio waves and visible light for example – in any direction. A cloak made of those materials, with a structure designed down to the submicroscopic scale, would neither reflect light nor cast a shadow. Instead, like a river streaming around a smooth boulder, light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation would strike the cloak and simply flow around it, continuing on as if it never bumped up against an obstacle. That would give an onlooker the apparent ability to peer right through the cloak, with everything tucked inside concealed from view. ‘Yes, you could actually make someone invisible as long as someone wears a cloak made of this material…’ saida Northeastern University physicist and design engineer at Chelton Microwave Corp. in Bolton, Mass.” This isn’t science fantasy because, as the article states, the technology is just around the corner.

This changes things. No longer can we declare that something or someone does not exist just because we can’t see it (or him). People have so often said they don’t believe in GOD because they can’t see Him. “If only I could see Him, THEN I would believe,” they say. And yet, remember the historical account of 2000 years ago, when God the Son, DID appear to the people of this earth, openly and visibly. What was our response? Humanity tolerated Him for awhile, but as soon as we could, we killed Him. I say “we” because it wasn’t the Jews, it wasn’t the Romans; it was your sins and mine that put Him on that cross. God views us individually, but also corporately, and we are not “nice” like we think we are. We need God’s grace and those “angels” to help us – right now!

God is invisible to us. Yet He has left us clues, not only to His existence, but also to His involvement with humanity: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” (Romans 1:20). God is clearly seen by His creation. The intricate nature of a leaf or a human eye shouts there is a Creator. “So,” Scripture continues, “they” (you and me) “are without excuse.” Jesus Christ that “is the image of the invisible God…” (and) “by Him all things were created” (Colossians 1:15-16). By reading the Scriptural accounts about Christ, you are “seeing” all that any of us need to see in order to believe in God.

Throughout most of history, God, who always sees us, even our thoughts (Psalm 139:1-4), has chosen to remain invisible to our inspection, and for good reason: If He was always appearing before us, many would honor Him falsely, by pretending to worship Him when our hearts are actually far away. The religious people of Jesus’ day, were like that, demanding “a sign from heaven” before they would believe and Jesus refused them (Matthew 16:1-4). He began to explain the hypocrisy of such people to His disciples, but THEY didn’t get it either, and He said to us all: “O YE of little FAITH” (Matthew 16:8). God protects us constantly, both directly and through His holy angels, who “keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11), and especially we are being kept for the purpose of creating circumstances in which we will BELIEVE in God through His Son.

Lord, thank You for Your protection. Thank You that we don’t have to see in order to believe. We do believe in You, Lord, and we trust in You right now. Forgive us and save us. Thank You, Lord. We praise Your Holy Name. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
First Church On The Net
www.FridayStudy.org
Ron@FridayStudy.org
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
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