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The Angel of the Lord

Jesus is God and is often seen in the Old Testament as the Angel of the LORD. This Angel is a very significant figure, but he is not an angelic being. The word is malak (H4397) in the Hebrew and pronounced mal awk. According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon, the word comes from an unused root that means to dispatch as a deputy. It is a messenger specifically of God, that is, an angel, but also a prophet, priest or teacher. This word is used to describe the office of the prophet, Haggai (Haggai 1:13), of the priest, Malachi (Malachi 2:1), or the office of John the Baptist (Malachi 3:1; cp. Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It can also mean a messenger from one man to another as in Genesis 32:3, 6 (cp. Numbers 20:14; Joshua 7:22; Judges 6:35 etc.). It can also mean an ambassador or a prince as in Isaiah 30:4 which may also be implied in Isaiah 33:7. Therefore, since this word describes a number of offices, it does not necessarily mean an angelic being. The Angel of the LORD may just as well have been translated as the Messenger or Ambassador of the LORD, and may imply being the LORD’s Prophet, Priest or Prince—all titles of Jesus in the New Testament! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob

In Genesis 18 the LORD God with two of his angels met with Abraham in plains of Mamre. He and the two angels with him sat and enjoyed Abraham’s hospitality (Genesis 18:1-8) and then got up to leave. But before doing so, the LORD took Abraham into his confidence and told him that he had come down out of heaven to judge Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities in the plain (Genesis 18:16-22). Knowing that his nephew Lot and his family settled there, Abraham interceded for the righteous and asked the LORD not to destroy the righteous with the wicked and even asked the LORD to spare the wicked for the sake of the righteous (Genesis 18:23-32). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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