This morning in our SS class we had some very interesting conversations about the Enemy and him minions. We were discussing the many ways he tries to trip us up and get in the way. One of my friends brought up something she remembered in the book of Daniel that talked about a prayer being answered but the Angel delivering the answer was waylayed. This sparked a conversation about just how much “power” do demons have? Can they – and do they – delay God’s answer to prayers?
I looked through Daniel until I found the Scripture she was talking about. It’s from Daniel 10 and here is what it says:
- Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
- But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Exactly what does it mean that the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted the angel? Was it a demon or a person? Either way – how does one detain an angel? By the way, I assume that this is an angel speaking since it was a vision that was only seen by Daniel.
I would love to hear thoughts on this.
At some point while digging through Daniel I followed a footnote back to Genesis 6:4 – which has always been an interesting bit of Scripture to me:
“…the sons of God” Would those be angels? They had children – Nephilim – that were heroes and men of renown?? Makes them sound important and yet so little is said about them. I would also love to know more about this. Who were they? Do they still come here and have children?
I’ve always taken the philosophy of “major on the major points and minor on the minor point”. These little side tangents aren’t foundational to my faith but they are still interesting.
If you feel like chiming in – please do. Or add your own bit of interesting Scripture.