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12 Days of Christmas Correction – Singing Like and Angel

Posted by undergroundchurch on December 3, 2009

Angels are probably the most misinterpreted beings in God’s kingdom.  We want them to do things they don’t do, look the way they don’t look and act the way they don’t act.  Maybe it’s because they are mysterious, and mystery always produces grand assumptions.

I am not going to spend much time on the study of angels here; I only want to address one phrase in a Christmas carol… “Angels we  have heard on high, sweetly singing ‘ore the plain“.

Speaking directly to that line in the song, that is not what happened.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:13-14

No place in the Bible will you ever see an angel sing, and we certainly know that they weren’t singing here. The root word used here is lego which simply means “to speak”.

I wrote an article (see it here) on why I think you don’t see angels sing and why we do, but even with this, I don’t believe that just because the Bible doesn’t say something, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible.  In other words, just because the Bible never mentions angels singing, doesn’t mean they can’t sing.  I do find it intriguing though that with all of the talk in the Bible about angels worshiping God, you never see them sing.

But the point to the Luke 2:13-14 passage isn’t that angels can’t sing, it’s that they can’t help but worship God!

If we can draw one thing from angels, it’s this.  Worship is the most important thing believes can do – period.  The closer you are to God, the less you will be able to contain yourself in worship.  One angel gives the good news that Jesus is born, the rest of heaven’s angels can’t hold back and have to worship God for the whole world to see.


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