10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look (1 Peter 1).
What do prophets and angels have in common? They are both servants of God serving His people. Prophets were told what to say, often while not understanding the full meaning of what they were saying. Thus, they “made careful searches and inquiries” from the Scriptures they had to help them in their understanding.
And while the prophets studied the Scriptures, the angels studied (and continue to study) the effects of the gospel here on earth. They “long to look.” This word “look” means to stoop down to get a good look at something. It’s the same word used to describe both Peter and Mary stooping down to look into the empty tomb of Jesus. One can imagine angels stooped over and looking down from the portals of heaven to marvel at what the Spirit is doing with the gospel among the children of their Master.
Lord, help us This Day to be like these two servants: studying Your Word and looking for gospel action all around us. Amen.