The Heavenly Choir


TABLETALK DEVOTIONS WITH RC SPROUL

The Heavenly Choir
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Isaiah 6:1–3 “Above him stood the seraphim. …And
one called to another and
said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the
whole earth is full of his
glory!’” (vv. 2–3).

As we have seen,
Matthew 12 includes several instances of our Lord’s encounter
with demons and
His teaching about these wicked spirits (vv. 22, 43–45). The
forces of evil,
however, are not the only supernatural agents at work during
the ministry of
Jesus. Matthew also writes of the role of angels in the life
of Christ (for
example, 1:18–21; 4:11). In order to examine the nature and
activities of
these figures, we will now take a short break from Matthew and
follow Dr.
R.C. Sproul’s teaching series Angels and Demons as our guide.

It would be
hard to discount the role of angels in the history of redemption.
As an
indication of their importance, note that the Greek word for angel,
angelos,
occurs more frequently in the New Testament than hamartia, the term
for sin,
and agape, one of the words we translate as “love.” Although angels
are
frequently mentioned, we must also admit that there is not as
much
information about them as there is on other topics like salvation and
ethics.
Angels are mentioned frequently, but the focus is often more on the
messages
they bring than the nature of the angels themselves. Nevertheless,
we can
learn much from the descriptions of angelic activity found in
Scripture.

Today’s passage illustrates that at least some of the angels
are tasked with
the continual worship of God in heaven. The seraphim
described have six wings:
two for flying, two for covering the face, and two
for covering the feet (Isa.
6:1–2). In the Bible, men and women are often
blinded when in the presence of
the Almighty (Acts 9:1–9), presumably because
of the glorious light of His
splendor. Thus it would seem that the angels in
Isaiah 6 cover their eyes to
protect themselves from this light. This
underscores just how different the
Lord is from His angels. These angels have
not sinned and are holy, yet they
must shield themselves from God’s
transcendent and majestic holiness.

These angels worship the Creator,
emphasizing His moral perfection and
otherness with the threefold repetition:
“Holy, holy, holy.” (v. 3). In our
corporate worship we are privileged to
enter heaven and join with these
magnificent creatures in praise of God’s
glory and grace (Heb. 12:18–24).

Coram deo: Living before the face of
God
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Hebrews 12:18–24 tells us
that worship is more than just the gathering of
saints in an earthly
sanctuary. When we praise God alongside His people we
actually enter heaven
itself, bearing witness with the angels to our Lord’s
holiness and beauty. We
should, therefore, never consider worship as something
dull and dreary, for
we enter into the gates of heaven and join the angels in
God’s throne room
singing praises of His majesty.

For further study:

Genesis
28:10–17

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