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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

113- Holy Men Of God Prostrating Before Angels

 

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صورة: أبراهيم يستضيف الثلاثة الغرباء للفنان جوستاف دوريه

[9] Abraham Prostrated Before Angels

When the three men visited Abraham, he was not aware that God was among them. But he still prostrated before them.

(Gen 18:2) So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, (Gen 18:4-5) "Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. {5} "And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant." They said, "Do as you have said."

[10] The Angels Did Not Object To Lot who Prostrated Before Them

(Gen 19:1) Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

[11] Balaam Prostrated Before The Angel

The angel rebuked Balaam for hitting the donkey, but not for prostrating before him.

(Num 22:31) Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.

[12] Saint John Prostrated Before The Angel Twice

The first time, the angel refused out of humility.

(Rev 19:10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

(Rev 22:8) Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.


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