Bible Teaching Notes
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Omar C. Garcia

> The Angel of Yahweh

•·Notes by Jerry Perrill, Missionary to Laos and Thailand (Retired)

God’s Word is given to us that we might not only begin to understand the ‘fringes’ of His ways, the ‘faint whisper’ of His Person (Job 26:14), but love Him more fervently and serve Him more faithfully. The Old Testament is full of instruction given by inspiration to writers of the Scripture (Rom. 15:4).

God has revealed Himself through these writings (1) in the person of the Holy Spirit, (2) His Name, (3) the Angel of the Lord, (4) His mighty acts of creation, (5) acts of judgment, (6) acts of deliverance and redemption, (7) His great and unfailing promises, (8) His sure word of prophecy. In all these studies we find God to be a just, holy, righteous, loving, caring, wise, faithful God who rules over and sustains the universe He has created; delivers, judges, leads and cares for the people Israel that they might be ‘His People’ and the correlative truth that ‘He is and will be their God.’

One tiny piece of this testimony is the OT teaching concerning the Angel of Yahweh (NIV, NKJV, NAS, et. al., ‘the angel of the LORD’.)

At the outset, let me share my conviction that this is not one of the ordinary angels as we might think of angels today. This is a very special angel. We need to look not only at the verses below, but the context in which these verses are found. Consider the ‘who, what, when, where, why and how questions’ in our study.

This angel is identified most often as ‘the angel of the LORD’. Sometimes He is referred to as ‘the angel of God’, and sometimes as simply ‘the Angel.’ Reference to Him appears in the OT about 69 times. Some of the references include:

Genesis 16:7, 9-11;  21:17-18;  22:11, 15;  24:7, 40;  31:11, 13;  48:16

Exodus 3:2;  14:19;  23:20, 23;  32:34

Numbers 22:22-27, 31-32, 34-35

Judges 2:1, 4;  6:11-24;  13:3, 6, 9, 13, 15-23

2 Samuel 24:16-17

1 Kings 19:7

2 Kings 1:3, 15;  19:35

1 Chronicles 21:12, 16, 18, 30

Psalms 34:7;  35:5, 6

Isaiah 37:36;  63:9

Daniel 3:28;  6:22

Zechariah 1:9-19;  3:1, 3, 5, 6;  12:8

Other passages of interest are the story of God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18 and 19). See especially, 18:2, 10, 13, 22,33; 19:1. Also look at Joshua 5:13-15 and compare these verses with Ex. 3:5 and the contrast with Rev. 19:10; 22:8-9.

The conclusion is that God shows His care and faithfulness in the appearance of the Angel; how much more can we depend on that care and faithfulness since we have the assurance of His presence and the continual work of His Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Sing Praises to His Wonderful Name!
Source:Jerry Perrill
Publication Date:01.15.03

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