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Juz’ 16 – Angels and God’s Grace

Today’s Juz’ covers Maryam [19]:1 to Ta Ha [20]:135.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) the birth narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus; (2) the fate of unbelievers; (3) the call of Moses; (4) Moses before Pharaoh; (5) the Israelite exodus from Egypt; and (6) events on the Day of Resurrection.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

The ayat I have chosen for today highlight God’s use of angelic intermediaries to communicate with humans.

“[Gabriel said] we only descend [with revelation] at your Lord’s command—everything before us, everything behind us, everything in between, all belongs to Him—your Lord is never forgetful. He is Lord of the heavens and earth and everything in between so worship him: be steadfast in worshipping him. Do you know of anyone equal to Him?” (Maryam [19]:64-65)

 

Angels bear the distinct designation of God’s heavenly messengers. Through these created beings, God sends specific messages to humans as he calls them to salvation and hope. The sura in which these verses appear contains the birth narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus, both of which—in the biblical account—feature the angel Gabriel who utters specific words of salvation and hope.

Perhaps God speaks through angelic intermediaries so that the ones for whom the message is intended are not consumed by his glory. Whatever the reason, finite humans can rejoice in the reality that the God of the universe is forever wooing them to eternity in Paradise. In the Bible, John the Revelator reminds us that God’s efforts to save are not only intended for believers, but for every human on the face of this earth.

 

Listen:

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:6-7)

Prayer: In the name of God the Merciful and Compassionate, I confess that You are the Almighty Creator to Whom everything that exists belongs. In recognition of Your unrivaled Majesty, I worship You from the depths of my soul and give You all glory and praise. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.