The Angel of the Lord came, and He sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites. Judges 6:11 HCSB
Our young son, Jonathan, had wandered out of the house without our knowledge. The doorbell rang and a man asked my wife if this young boy was our son. He was bringing Jonathan back home from a construction site where he was working just two doors down from our house. My wife was thankful to see Jonathan and quickly thanked the man. She later thought that she should go tell the man how appreciative we were that he brought Jonathan back home, so she ventured to the construction site to be told by the others working there that the man she was describing to them was not there and they did not have any employee that fit his description. We have always felt that the man was an angel sent by God to protect Jonathan and bring him back home safely. We do not know that to be a fact, but it was the only reasonable explanation.
This Scripture tells us that the Angel of the Lord came to deliver a message to Gideon. The Old Testament records several appearances of the Angel of the Lord: Genesis 16:7; 22:11; 31:11; Exodus 3:2; 14:19; Judges 2:1; 13:3; Zechariah 3:1-6. We do not know if this is the same angel or several different angels acting on behalf of God. The angel in this Scripture had the authority to speak for God and hadcome to deliver an important message to Gideon.
Challenge: The Scriptures are very clear that God created angels and they exist to serve God. It appears that many angels appear in human form to deliver messages from God. Thank God for His angels and their watchcare over us. Be vigilant – you never know when an angel may visit you. Read the book Angels, Angels, Angels by Billy Graham for a closer look at how God uses His angels to accomplish His will in our world and in your life.
Read The Bible Through In Two Years: Genesis 32:1 – 33:20; Matthew 22:1-22