“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Experiences men had with angels in the Old Testament were equated to experiences with God.
From the analysis so far, we have seen that the principal actors in Exodus 20 were angels. Now the issue is with the statement in verse 22 of 20, “…the Lord said unto Moses”. So if it were angels, then why the statement “the Lord said unto Moses?” Is the Lord not referring to God? Now observe Exodus 3:2-4 again as we take a lead and proceed; it reads “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I”. Observe the narrative carefully:
- In verse 2, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush.
- In verse 3, Moses said, I will turn aside and see this great sight.
- In verse 4, And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him.
So, what’s the inference to be drawn from the above observation? This is it; from Moses’ experience, it is evident that the prophets had interaction with angels. The same angel of the Lord in verse 2 (Exodus 3:2) was later referred to as “the Lord” in verse 4. So, the experiences men had with angels were taken or seen as an experience with God. They were definitely interacting with angels but they assumed and equated interacting with angels as interacting with God. Similarly, Exodus 20:22 will go likewise; that is, “the Lord” that spoke to Moses was an angel because they equated angels speaking to them in the Old Testament as God speaking to them. So when you read “the Lord” in the Old Testament or “God” in the Old Testament, you must read carefully, contextually and with the understanding which “Lord” or which “God” is being inferred or referred to because the word “God” or “Lord” in the Old Testament does not always refer to our God (the father of our Lord Jesus Christ). This is because under the Old Testament, men’s encounter with angels was being seen, regarded and documented as encounters with God. We will see another example of one such encounter in our next study and then backtrack to John 1:8 for further investigations. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You must be thorough in bible study.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my understanding capacity that has been greatly increased, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: When you are not thorough in your reading of the bible, then you will not be thorough in your interpretation of the bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 5.