When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute. 16 And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength. 17 How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
18 Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me.19 And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince. – Daniel 10:15-21
Easter Sunday is always a great time for the church. Lilies, brass choirs, fanfares, proclamations of Jesus’ victory, and many people in the pews singing their praises to God. Everyone goes to church on Easter. I was utterly shocked, however, a few years ago when I learned that my sister and my mom went to Cracker Barrel for Easter. Not after church, not before church. For Easter they went to Cracker Barrel. I have nothing against Cracker Barrel; in fact I eat at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant/store regularly. But for Easter?!?
Easter is a time for us to celebrate surrounded by fellow believers who bolster our spirits. We’re not alone in our confession that Jesus is risen; he is Lord! Many people swell the attendance rolls, but also encourage us to hold to the faith that Jesus has conquered death, sin, and Satan.
Daniel is told here that not only is he not alone, but that the battle that must take place is not his to fight. The angel tells Daniel that he is taking on the King of Persia, and that the prince of Greece would come to the battle as well. Sadly, however, this angel is accompanied only by Michael. Michael is an archangel (cf. Jude 9). As such he is a mighty warrior of God’s angel army. Only Michael will join the battle against these enemies.
We do not know the inner workings of the spiritual realm. We know only two things:
- There is a battle that has been won, and yet is not fully consummated, but will be in the end; and
- God’s angels are mighty and serve for his will and for our good.
We cannot always know the ways of God, but we do know that our ultimate victory lies with him and his angel host. We may not have as many allies in our battle against Satan and his horde. But we have those who fight for us and for our good.
I believe I encountered an angel once, and that he served to clarify my stewardship of God’s grace and gifts. I am thankful for all God’s angels – the mighty warriors who battle Satan, and the kind messengers of God’s grace such as we see here interacting with Daniel.