Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Angels Don't Sing

Did you know that angels don't sing?  What??  Yes, you read that right... angles don't sing.  Nowhere in the Bible does it talk about angels singing.  I hadn't ever given any thought to this until this morning.  I heard a sermon on the radio as I was driving to my doctors appointment by David Jeremiah.  It was wonderful.

When I arrived back at work I immediately came in and went to Bible Gateway to check it out... sure enough, I could not find angel and singing in the same sentence.

We always think of the angels singing as they proclaim the birth of Jesus to the shepherds~ but nope... It says in Luke 2 ~the angel "said to them," and a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel "praising God and saying".....  But there is no word about singing!  Take a look~

Luke 2:8-16
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

He went on to say that humans are the only ones who can sing praises because they know what it's like to be set free by Jesus and His blood... angels do not.  The are heavenly beings, but not "saved" or "redeemed" beings. 

Your thoughts?


Debbie said...

I never realized that before either Peggy! wow! That they have never been set free . . .that we have and that's why we sing . . .very beautiful. Thank you!

Jenilee said...

what a beautiful post about Christmas! Loved it! thanks for linking up today with Wed Walk!

Janet Rose said...

I sat in awe when one of my Bible professors pointed this out to me in class several years ago. All the angels in the Bible have male names, too, so it makes me wonder if there are "female" angels or not.
Stopping by from Wednesday's Walk.

Ed said...

So angels don't sing, but they chant?
With all respect to David Jeremiah, it's a cute concept, but I don't believe you can make this kind of argument from silence. Just because we don't find an explicit mention of angels singing in the Bible doesn't mean they don't sing. I can't imagine that angels don't sing their praises as well as speak them. What could be more heavenly than beautiful music? As far as humans being the only creatures that sing because we're the only ones redeemed, that just doesn't follow. And music predates our redemption by quite a long stretch of time. So while Jeremiah's thought may be beautiful in some way, I don't think the theory has much going for it. Thanks for letting me comment!

Linda said...

I heard that sermon too. I love Dr. David Jeremiah...

Peggy Arteberry said...

Thank you all for stopping by! Please come back again!

Peggy Arteberry said...

Ed, you have brought up some interesting thoughts. I think we can't imagine angels not singing because we have always heard that they do. In most of our Christmas songs and Christmas-time plays they are portrayed as singing. Who knows how angels may praise God? It may be with something much higher and greater than singing! I don't think it's a "cute" concept, but an interesting one that really has struck a cord with me this Christmas season. I believe there is a specific reason that God didn't write it in His Word about angels singing~ a reason that this side of heaven we do not/will not understand. Thanks for stopping by and commenting you are welcome any time!

Anonymous said...

I used to believe that the angels do not sing, however, some Bible scholars argue that angels do sing and give the following references:

Job 38:7 - During the creation of the world, "the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy." "Morning Stars" is a reference to angels.--This is sometimes called the "creation song"...

Revelation 5:11-13 - “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels . . . They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’ Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’" This is called the "redemption song"...

Among those who say they sing are those who say there is no evidence they sing between the time of the fall and when Jesus regains the earth in Revelation.

It is interesting to consider the view that God would create millions of angels who would not sing His praises. Seems a bit bizarre since we know God loves music and there are musical instruments in Heaven. I have even read that Lucifer, perhaps the most beautiful of God's archangels before he coveted God's position and was cast out of Heaven may have been the "worship leader" in Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Refering to "Anonymous said..."

I must agree with you...those specific Scripture references do indicate that angelic beings sing. Also - the Ezk 28 passage is one that I believe D. Jeremiah discusses the built in musical instrumentation of Lucifer.

While this is not a doctrine changing issue, it is interesting. One more thought - the OT references of 'sons of God' always refer to angels. So, not picking up angels and singing in the same verse does not give the right answer...good stuff to discuss though!

Unknown said...

Re: Revelation 5:11-13
12. SAYING in a loud voice...KJV

Unknown said...

Re: Revelation 5:11-13
12. SAYING in a loud voice...KJV

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Anonymous said...

Strong's Concordance Revelation 5:11-13
12. SAYING in a loud voice, the KJV seems to be correct:
legó: to say
Original Word: λέγω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: legó
Phonetic Spelling: (leg'-o)
Short Definition: I say, speak
Definition: (denoting speech in progress), (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

Anonymous said...

Revelation 5:12 V-PPA-NMP
GRK: λέγοντες φωνῇ μεγάλῃ
NAS: saying with a loud voice,
KJV: Saying with a loud voice,
INT: saying with a voice loud