Can We Command Angels?

I’m not even sure I can answer this question from the scriptures, but it’s something I thought I might toss around and we’ll look at some scriptures pertaining to angels to see what we can learn.

Some charismatic believers in the 1980s thought they could command angels, but can we really? Are angels real? What is their purpose?

In a thorough study, we would look at all Old Testament examples and New Testament scriptures to see what patterns are there and what the Word has to say about them. Where there is no direct command, I believe patterns in the bible are important to look for. God told Moses to “Be sure to make the tabernacle according to the pattern” He had shown him on the mountain.

The NT says angels are sent to assist the heirs of salvation. Heb.1:4 That would be us.

Heb. 2:5. The world to come will not be in subjection to angels. Heb. 2:16 God does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. That’s us.

We see angels in Genesis when they come to talk to Abraham about the coming judgment and then go on into the town of Sodom to get Lot and his family out of there. We see an angel appearing to Daniel in the book of Daniel to let him know why his prayer was delayed for three weeks.

In the Gospels, there is a lot of angelic activity around the pregnancy of Mary with Jesus. An angel appears to her and one appears to Joseph. And before that, one appears to Zacharias in the temple and gives him a message about his coming son.

We never see anyone in the OT or the NT actually commanding angels to do anything for them. Most of the time they are delivering messages. In the OT we do find Jacob hanging onto an angel and saying he will not let him go until he (the angel) blesses him.

Ps. 103:20 says Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” So it would seem that angels perform the will of God, and if they’re working for me, that’s what I want!

An angel came and delivered Peter out of prison when the church prayed.

The archangel Michael disputed with Satan over the body of Moses in Jude 9. I suppose satan tried to make a claim on it, that Moses had sinned. Moses had sinned, but he was made and declared righteous because of his faith. Satan will probably contend over our bodies too.

And here is another interesting Scripture about angels, Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Entertaining angels. Now that would be interesting!

Angels came and ministered to Jesus after his 40 days fast and his confrontation with the devil’s temptations in the wilderness. An angel was present in the tomb after his resurrection speaking to those who came looking for Jesus.

So we see angels delivering messages  of warning and future events and giving assistance. But we really don’t see anyone ever commanding them except the instance with Jacob insisting the angel bless him. That is what the record shows. I’m sure there are other places where angels are mentioned that I have not covered.

Dear Jesus, Thank you for the angels! We are grateful for all the assistance they can provide us on this earth, because we certainly need it.


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