The second scripture offered by the writer of the Hebrews, is merely a cross reference with the one rendered by David in the Psalms. And the wind, why does it blow? For, even did we know as much about them as the wisest of men, yet there are those around us, though unseen, to whom our greatest knowledge is as ignorance; and, when we converse on subjects of Nature scientifically, repeating the names of plants and earths, and describing their properties, we should do so religiously, as in the hearing of the great Servants of God, with the sort of diffidence which we always feel when speaking before the learned and wise of our own mortal race, as poor beginners in intellectual knowledge, as well as in moral attainments. What a number of beautiful and wonderful objects does Nature present on every side of us! Now I can conceive persons saying all this is fanciful; but if it appears so, it is only because we are not accustomed to such thoughts. Thus we are enabled to enjoy God’s gifts; and let us thank Him for the knowledge which enables us to do so, and honour those who are His instruments in communicating it. The very lowest of His Angels is indefinitely above us in this our present state; how high then must be the Lord of Angels! 2. - And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.A further intimation of the position assigned in the Old Testament to angels, contrasted by means of μὲν and δὲ, with further quotations with reference to the SON.A difficulty has been felt with regard to this passage (cited, as usual, from the LXX.) David had watched the awful pestilence three days, doubtless not with curious eyes, but with indescribable terror and remorse: but when at length he “lifted up his eyes and saw the Angel of the Lord” (who caused the pestilence) “stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem, then David and the elders, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.”1 The mysterious, irresistible pestilence became still more fearful when the cause was known;—and what is true of the terrible, is true on the other hand of the pleasant and attractive operations of Nature. So he goes on, tracing the order of things, seeking for Causes in that order, giving names to the wonders he meets with, and thinking he understands what he has given a name to. I will attempt to say what I mean more at length. and for their swiftness as before; and because of their burning love to God, Christ, and his people, and their flaming zeal for his cause and interest; hence thought by some to be called "seraphim": and because they are sometimes the executioners of God's wrath; and have sometimes appeared in fiery forms, as in forms of horses of fire and chariots of fire, and will descend with Christ in flaming fire at the last day; see 2 Kings 2:11. '” ELAINE TAVOLACCI The text informs us that Almighty God makes His Angels spirits or winds, and His Ministers a flame of fire. Why does the sun warm us? Psalm 104:4 “Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.” Jeremiah 20:9b “But His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back and I could not.” Hebrews 1:7 “In speaking of the angels He says, ‘He makes His angels winds, His servants Flames of Fire. Now here Scripture interposes, and seems to tell us, that all this wonderful harmony is the work of Angels. Accordingly, the Psalmist says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handy-work.” “O Lord, Thy word endureth for ever in heaven. Heaven indeed is the palace of Almighty God, and of Him doubtless we must think in the first place; and again of His Son our Saviour, who died for us, and who is manifested in the Gospels, in order that we may have something definite to look forward to: for the same cause, surely, the Angels also are revealed to us, that heaven may be as little as possible an unknown place in our imaginations. 1. 1. While it raises the mind, and gives it a matter of thought, it is also profitable as a humbling doctrine, as indeed I have already shown. The very Seraphim hide their faces before His glory, while they praise Him; how shamefaced then should sinners be, when they come into His presence! Much more in the case of men: we see them move, speak, and act, and we know that all we see takes place in consequence of their will, because they have a spirit within them, though we do not see it. Hebrews 1:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 1:7, NIV: "In speaking of the angels he says, 'He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.'" The text informs us that Almighty God makes His Angels spirits or winds, and His Ministers a flame of fire. At length he forms a theory, and recommends it in writing, and calls himself a philosopher. flaming fire—(Ps 105:32) being here so called. His ministers a flaming fire - That is, Fire is employed by him - in lightnings - to accomplish his purpose as his ministers or his servants. Who maketh his angels spirits - The meaning here literally would be, "Who makes the winds his messengers," or "his angels;" that is, who employs them to execute his purpose; who sends them out as messengers or angels to do his will. There have been ages of the world, in which men have thought too much of Angels, and paid them excessive honour; honoured them so perversely as to forget the supreme worship due to Almighty God. The elements are described as prompt and expedite to perform the Divine commands, like angels or ministers serving in the tabernacle; the Hebrew word משרתיו mesharethaiv being a word most common in the sacred ministrations.

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