Faithful Messengers

Faithful Messengers

   Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9

   In northwest Russia, where the Northern Dvina River empties into the White Sea, sits the city of Archangel (Russian Arkhangelsk). The city took its name from the Michael the Archangel Monastery that is located there.  

Recommended Reading: Luke 1:26-28

    Michael is one of only two angels whose names are given to us in Scripture—the other being Gabriel. And Michael is the only one of the two called “archangel” (though Gabriel is referred to as such in the non-biblical book of Enoch). “Arch” comes from the Greek word meaning “to rule,” so an archangel can be understood as a ruling, or a powerful, angel. Gabriel appears four times in Scripture, bringing messages to Daniel (twice), Zacharias (father of John the Baptist), and Mary (mother of Jesus). Michael appears to have had an overseeing role with the Jewish people (Daniel 12:1; Jude 1:9). In both cases, their faithfulness stands out.

   Messengers (angels) are stewards of their messages, and stewards must be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). May we be faithful to deliver the Gospel of God to those who need His love and comfort.

   Faithfulness knows no difference between small and great duties.  John Ruskin