The angel with the ink pot November 11, 2007Posted by mercedescoleen in Angels specific job duties.
Tags: About Angels, Angels, Angels at Work, Angels of God, Angels specific job duties, Heaven
The angel with the pot of ink was found in Ezekiel 9. Why did he need an ink pot? Well, Ezekiel saw this angel in a vision in which God showed him the sins and deplorable condition of the city of Jerusalem and the idolatry in the temple. I learnt some important lessons from this text:
1. Angels are assigned to watch over cities
God told the angels that had “charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand” (Eze 9: 1). Some translations called these angels guards, inspectors, executioners. This scripture is rather frightening and reveals the aspect of God that punishes sin in nations.
Six angels appeared as commanded by God, but one of these angels had an inkhorn (pot of ink)by his side.
2. God puts a mark of protection on those who intercede for cities/nations etc
There are words of comfort in the midst of this rather frightening scenario. The angel with the inkhorn was commanded to go through the city and to place a mark on the foreheads of those who ” sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof” (Eze 9: 4). The job of the other angels was to destroy all those who did not carry God’s mark, including the “old and young, both maids, and little children, and women” (Eze 9: 6).
Those who intercede can rest assured of God’s protection in times of destruction, since angels always obey God’s commands. It is a fearful thing for a nation or city to experience the wrath of God, but He only destroys under extremely aggravating circumstances. When Ezekiel pleaded for mercy, God told him that
“the iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.” (Eze 9: 9).
It struck me that people who believe that there is no God and even that God does not see are the ones who tend to live by their own desires and feelings, doing what seems right in their own eyes. The nations in which they live become full of blood and the blood of the innocent cries out from the ground, grieving the heart of God.
God needs people to stand in the breaches on behalf of nations to prevent destruction (Eze 22: 30). Abraham stood in the gap for Sodom and Gomorrah, but ten righteous people did not even live there. The Lord asked a few years ago to pray in the capital city of my nation. During one of these meetings, I saw angels over the city. We need to intercede so that God can change the hearts of the people and cause them to turn away from their sins.
Sometimes we wonder if our prayers are having effect. Yes they are. In some cases, there may be a reduction in the crime rate, street gangs etc. One pastor of a church told me that gang violence in his area reduced after his church was opened in a particular neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The saints play a great role in national protection. The problem is that we do not really believe in the power of prayer and are not motivated to do so.
As I end, I must say that I hesitated for many weeks about writing this particular post, but am pressed to do so. Sometimes we see unexplained, incurable plagues occurring in cities and nations and wonder why. Is this judgement from God? I do not know. Let’s pray, pray and pray. Blessings!