“And the Angel of the Lord said to him, ‘why do you ask My Name, seeing it is wonderful?’” (Judges 13:18)
In this chapter begins the story of Samson, how the Lord appeared to his parents. Although his mother was barren, the Angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her she would conceive a child who would be a Nazirite to God. He told her twice to be careful not to drink any wine or similar drink, and although Manoah asked what the boy’s work would be, He did not answer him- only that his mother was not to drink. When Manoah and his wife offered up a sacrifice to the Lord, the Angel of the Lord did a wonderous thing, ascending up in the flame of the altar! As soon as this happened, they knew it was the Angel of the Lord, and thought they were going to die, because they saw God.
The fact that Manoah and his wife thought they were going to die when they realized they saw the Angel of the Lord, clearly tells me that the Angel of the Lord is God. So who was the Angel of the Lord? God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which one is He? I believe, as many others do also, that He indicates which part of the Trinity He is, by saying His Name is wonderful. In Isaiah 9:6, one of the names of the prophesied Messiah, is Wonderful. The Angel of the Lord, who not only appeared to this couple, but to others also (first appearing to Hagar, Sarai’s maid)- is Jesus Christ, the Son of God! He appears right through the Old and New Covenants – Jesus is what the whole Bible is all about! He is truly Wonderful!
Jesus, the Angel of the Lord appeared to:
Hagar – Gen 16; 21
Abraham – Gen 22
Jacob – Gen 31:11-13; 32:22-32
Moses – Ex 3:2
Balaam and his Donkey – Num 22:22-35
Joshua – Josh 5:13-15 (Commander of the Lord’s Army)
All Israel – Judges 2
Gideon – Judges 6
Samson’s Parents – Judges 13
Shadrach, Maeshach and Abed-nego – Dan 3 (Fourth Man in the fire)
Joshua the High Priest – Zechariah 3
NEW TESTAMENT – THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST! He no longer appears as the Angel of the Lord, but as God in human form, Son of Man, and Son of God!
“Lord, we recognize You as the Beginning and the Ending, the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament days, appearing to men and women, but now have revealed Yourself at the cross as the King of kings and Lord of lords- our risen Saviour and Messiah- the very Word of God, whom the Bible is centered all around! You are Wonderful in all Your ways, we want to know You more, and we exalt You and bow the knee before You- amen.”
*Isaiah 9 and look up scriptures above- makes a good study 🙂