Did you notice there was no time of confession in our Thanksgiving Day service? Does that mean we get a pass on Thanksgiving? Sort of like when you can ride the WTA buses free on fair week. Sort of like getting free shipping on Black Friday. There is a time for looking at our sin, at what we have done. There is a time for confessing and repenting. There is a time for taking honest inventory of our souls. But there is also a time to get our eyes off of ourselves and lift them up to God. There is a time to look at what God has done and express the gratitude of our souls. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. There is a time for fasting and a time for feasting.
Article 12 of the Belgic Confession has more to say about the creation of spiritual or angelic beings than the rest of creation. That reminds us of the difference of the times. Today there is much more controversy over the creation of the earth. During the middle ages there was a far greater preoccupation with mysterious and miraculous things. There was much superstition, and interest in magic and witchcraft. So much so that some speculated and debated how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. People were tormented by fear of evil spirits. The Reformation with the proclamation of God’s free and sovereign grace delivered people from their fears. The skeptics of our day dismiss or deny the existence of angels and demons. They live in a closed universe, a universe where this is all there is and there ain’t no more. They believe very little, nothing that can’t be seen or proved. Then there are the super naturalists, astrologers and Satanists today who go to the other extreme and make far too much of the spirit world. With doctrines like this one that involve mysterious and invisible things, we must be careful not seek to know too much or go beyond what Scripture plainly teaches. Some people have far too great an obsession with angels or demons or supernatural things. We seek this evening what glorifies God and edifies His people. So let’s spend some time in God’s Word to learn what it reveals and teaches concerning angels. We will study the fallen angels next week.