Read Judges 10-13
Perhaps you’ve been wondering who this angel of the Lord is that keeps showing up? Ok think of it like YHWH’s Fortnite character, the angel is an expression of God, throughout the Old Testament, starting with Hagar, and Abraham, and is woven throughout Israel’s history.
I find it interesting that the angel of the Lord is very present during the time of the JUDGES and when we move into the time of the KINGS, we will see prophet’s used more to speak to the house of God; God’s people.
Here are all or most all of the texts which we know refer to ‘the angel of Yahweh’
Gen. 16:7-10, 13; 18:1-33; 21:17-20; 22:11-18; 31:11-13; 32:24-32; 48:15, 16; Ex. 3:2-14; 23:20; Josh. 5:13-15; Judges 6:11-23; 13:3-23; 2 Kings 19:35; 1 Chron. 21:15-18, 26-30; Ps. 34:7;
Hagar, calls him ‘The God of Seeing’
Jacob calls him ‘The God of Bethel’
He is the one who Jacob will wrestle all night.
Isaac refers to the Angel of the Lord when he blesses Joseph.
The angel of the Lord appears to Moses within the flame of fire. Moses goes over to see the strange sight!
The Angel of the Lord looking like a man standing with a sword in his hand as commander of the armies of the Lord. Joshua falls facedown. He appears to Gideon, ‘I will be with you’.
Today we read about how HE shows up to the barren wife of Manoah, telling her she will have a boy who is to be a Nazarite, and she becomes the mother of Samson. Manoah prays to the Lord, to meet this man of God, and the HE returns. Manoah asks the Angel of the LORD, his name and he replies, it’s beyond understanding or in another word— wonderful. What strikes me as interesting is Manoa wants to offer him a meal, and the Lord says you can make a burnt offering, and then he ascends in the flame, and they realize that they had just seen the angel of the Lord. They fall face down in worship.
Zech. 1:8-17; 3:1-2; 12:8
This last mention of the Angel of the Lord is in Zechariah and is an example of a priest JOSHUA who will have a coronation or ie is crowned as king foreshadowing Jesus, who is both priest and king.