Isaiah 6:3-4 Angels and Worship

Isaiah 6:3-4 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 

Note the consistency from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Angels are making the same proclamation of “Holy, Holy, Holy” in the throne room of Heaven in Revelation 4:8b …and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” 

We know from the text that angels are able to speak and communicate. They can be understood by humans. They can at the least speak Hebrew.

Angels worship God. Nehemiah 9:6b …You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You. “Host” or tsaba’ in the Hebrew can refer to an army or angels. The host is worshiping God. The Hebrew word for bow down is shachah. According to Strong’s Concordance, it means: to bow down, prostrate oneself before superior in homage, before God in worship.

Angels worship Christ. Hebrews 1:6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”The Him is Jesus and He is the firstborn in a matter of rank.

God’s angels are obedient to Him. Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!

Psalm 148:2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

Angels do not accept worship. John had bowed to an angel in the previous verse. He was promptly corrected by the angel. Revelation 22:9 But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”

We, humans, are not to worship or pray to angels. The apostle Paul says it is pointless. Why pray to an angel when you can communicate directly with the God of the universe? Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind… The point is to focus on Christ.

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