NEHEMIAH 9
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6 Thou, even thou, art Yahweh alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Ecclesiastical writings upon the subject of Angels are full of absurd speculation.

‭ ‬If we wish,‭ ‬therefore,‭ ‬to consult these writings,‭ ‬let us do so with the greatest caution.‭ ‬To confine ourselves to the infallible Word-Angels are created beings‭ (‬Neh.‭ ix. ‬6‭)‬,‭ ‬having the form of men‭ (‬Gen.‭ xviii. ‬2‭; xxxii. ‬24‭; ‬and‭ ‬Hos.‭ xii. ‬4‭)‬,‭ ‬and are immortal‭ (‬Luke‭ xx. ‬36‭)‬.‭

Their glory‭ (‬Matt.‭ xxviii. ‬3‭; ‬Jud.‭ ‬xiii. 6‭; ‬Acts‭ ‬vi. 15‭) ‬they can conceal at will‭ (‬Jos.‭ v. ‬13‭-‬15‭; ‬Heb.‭ xiii. ‬2‭)‬.‭ ‬They are countless in number‭ (‬Heb.‭ xii. ‬22‭; ‬Matt.‭ xxvi. ‬53‭)‬,‭ ‬and hold varied rank‭ (‬Dan.‭ x. ‬13‭)‬.‭

They can work miracles-destroy the wicked‭; ‬impress their mind on men in sleep‭; ‬ascend through the air‭; ‬be seen and cease to be seen at pleasure‭ (‬Gen.‭ xix. ‬11‭; ‬Num.‭ xxii. ‬31‭; ‬Jud.‭ vi. ‬21‭; ‬Acts‭ ‬xii. 7‭; ‬Matt.‭ ii. ‬13,‭ ‬20‭)‬.‭ ‬They are styled the sons of God‭ (‬Job‭ ‬xxxviii. 4‭-‬7‭)‬,‭ ‬being manifestations of His great and holy name‭ (‬Gen.‭ xix)‬.‭

And last but not least,‭ ‬they are interested and engaged in God's great work of salvation in connection with the human race‭ (‬Luke‭ xv. ‬10‭; ‬Heb.‭ i. ‬14‭; ‬Ps.‭ xxxiv. ‬7‭; ‬Matt.‭ xxv. ‬31‭)‬.

May it be our happy lot to be made‭ "‬equal unto the angels‭"-‬to be included in God's immortal family‭!

‭Bro AT Jannaway

‭The Christadelphian, Aug 1899



13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:

But now they were actually to "meet with God" (Exod. 19: 17). So they were commanded to "be ready against the third day; for on the third day the Lord will (not only speak but) come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai".

They were to "wash their clothes ", and abstain from the common defilements of domestic life, and to keep at a respectful distance from the mount at whose base they were encamped. The terrible penalty of death was attached to non-compliance.

The people were entirely compliant; and on the morning of the third day, there were awful tokens of the promised interview between God and a nation. The top of the mountain was concealed in dense cloud, intermittently illuminated by the play of lightning.

From the cloud ascended thick volumes of smoke as from a furnance. Roars of thunder pealed forth at intervals, the earth trembled under their feet. In the midst of all these terror-inspiring manifestations, the steady strident sound of a loud trumpet note was heard from the summit, 

"sounding long and waxing louder and louder".

On a sudden the tumult ceased, and in the silence,

"the Lord spake unto all the assembly out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, WITH A GREAT VOICE" (Deut. 5:22).

The whole assembly heard the pealing words which filled the air to the following effect:

"I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Law of Moses Ch 3



30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy [holy] spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

"RECORD THEIR OWN DEATH‭"

The questions raised against the Bible on the score of the deaths of the writers of some parts of it being recorded in the parts written by them are of no force against Christ's endorsement of the whole.‭

This covers all questions of detail.‭ ‬The only question with those believing in him,‭ ‬is,‭ ‬how did it come to pass‭? ‬And while we have no specific information such as the biography of a modern author might supply with regard to peculiarities in his works,‭ ‬we have enough to satisfy child-like reason,‭ ‬though it may not shut the mouth of the scorner,‭ ‬who is not on the outlook for knowledge,‭ ‬but for out-hanging bits of rags to jump at.‭

We are informed that the oracles of Elohim were‭ "‬committed to‭" ‬Israel,‭ ‬and that the spirit of Elohim was with the priestly and prophetic class who were their immediate custodians‭ (‬Rom.‭ iii. ‬2‭; ‬Neh.‭ ix. ‬30‭)‬.‭ ‬This would supply the inference that whatever was necessary to complete a writer's record who could not complete it himself because of death,‭ ‬would be supplied by another writer equally qualified by spiritual guidance:‭ ‬as where Elohim said to Joshua,‭ "‬Moses my servant is dead,‭" ‬and gave him directions suitable to the fact.‭

This reasonable inference is confirmed by the express testimony of Josephus‭-(‬himself a member of the Aaronic custodian of the Scriptures‭)-‬that Ezra,‭ ‬on the return from Babylon,‭ ‬who is described as‭ "‬a ready scribe in the law of Yahweh,‭" ‬edited or redacted and put into complete form the writings of inspiration in use among Israel,‭ ‬as distinguished from those other writings which are recognised by Josephus as not inspired.‭

It required an inspired man to do this,‭ ‬and Ezra appears before us in this character.

TC 10/1896