More on when God appeared as an angel in scriptures February 28, 2008Posted by mercedescoleen in God.
Tags: About Angels, Angels, Angels at Work, Angels of God, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Michael, God, Heaven, Jesus, The Archangels
I was shown that there were occasions in scripture where God appeared in the form of an angel. Here are some examples:
a. God speaking to Hagar as she fled from Sarah (Gen 21: 17-19)
“And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven,and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink”.
Here are clues:
God spoke to Hagar about her situation. It is not immediately shown to us that the angel and God in verse 17 are one and the same.
God referred to Himself in the third person in verse 17 when He told Hagar that “God hath heard the voice of the lad..”
However, we are soon shown that the angel speaking to Hagar is really God Himself when He became personal told her that I will make him (Ishmael) a great nation.
b. God speaks to Abraham preventing him from killing his son Isaac (Gen 22: 10-12).
“And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”
Here are the clues:
God, appearing in the form of the angel, referred to Himself in the third person, as if speaking about someone else, when He said to Abraham, “for now I know that thou fearest God…”
However, He exhaled with pleasure in the same sentence and reverted to the first person when He told Abraham that “thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” .
I believe that God used the third person (now I know that thou fearest God) to instill the fear of God in His servant Abraham. At the same time, however, He was so pleased with Abraham’s obedience that He became more personal by referring to Himself as “me” in the end. Remember that God called Abraham His friend (Gen 18: 19).
Why does God use this style of speaking and writing? I believe that the style points us to His Greatness and Majesty. For example, in Deuteronomy 32: 40, God spoke of Himself in His majesty and said, “… I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”
God is great and mighty. His ways and understanding far exceed ours. God bless you. More examples when I return.