Zechariah 1:12 Do Angels Pray For Us?

At the forefront of my mind is this scripture:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus–1 Timothy 2:5. Any deviation from that would be heresy.

So, I will rephrase the question. Did an Angel speak to Jesus on the behalf of people? In the scriptures, did an Angel ever intercede or advocate to Jesus to help people?

Who has the right answer? Is it the Catholic Christian view, or the Protestant Christian view? Is there another view that truly presents the biblical view in a clear way?

Catholic Christians teach that Angels do pray and intercede for us. https://www.catholic.com/qa/why-pray-to-angels

Many Protestant Christians like Billy Graham say that angels do not pray for us. https://billygraham.org/answer/do-the-angels-in-heaven-pray-for-us/

However, there is a Protestant Christian exception: The Lutherans. Instead of talking around the subject, their doctrinal statement goes straight to the scripture alone in the Book of Zechariah Chapter 1 where it says:

12Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?” 13The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.

Most Protestant commentators believe that the inquiring angel was the Pre-Incarnate Christ (Jesus appearing as a member of the Trinity, the Son of God, before His birth into humanity). For these commentators, this satisfies the reason why this Angel is pleading and interceding to God for us.

The Lutherans offer a different and compelling explanation: We Lutherans believe that the Angel who is asking the questions is clearly ignorant of God’s purpose and cannot be a pre-incarnate Christ. We believe that the ignorant angel is pleading to Jesus (the Lord of Hosts) on our behalf.

  1. The angel does not know what God is doing, or why, or for how long. The Angel does not know God’s mind on the matter and is compelled to ask because the answer is not in himself (vs.12).
  2. The angel has no comfort within himself and must implore God for the words of comfort (vs.13). This Angel does not sound anything like the “Word of God” (Pre-incarnate Christ) who made all things in the beginning of Creation (John 1:1-3). This Angel is both ignorant and comfortless and is merely pleading to God on the behalf of men in the same way that your friends pray and intercede to God for you. We clearly recognize that there is one Mediator between God and man, and that Mediator is Jesus Christ.
  3. Just as your friends pray to God in Jesus name for your needs, we Lutherans believe that this Angel was pleading to Jesus (the Lord of Hosts in vs.12). Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, the Lord of the Angels (Rev. 17:14, Matt. 25:31). We Lutherans say yes that Angels pray for us. They stand on our behalf before the face of God. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.“—Matthew 18:10.
  4. The result: This angel received an answer from the Lord. The angel’s plea for the people was acceptable to the Lord, and the Lord answered the angel’s prayer (vs.13).

 

 

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