wife? fell on their faces? Manoah said we shall surely die, because we have seen God.?
The ?angel of the Lord? appears to be a human messenger Haggai, 1:13 ? ?Haggai, Jehovah?s messenger; a created angel in <400120>Matthew 1:20 ? ?an angel of the Lord [called Gabriel] appeared unto? Joseph; in <440826>Acts 8:26 ? ?an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip?; and in 12:7 ? ?an angel of the Lord stood by him? (Peter). But commonly, in the Old Testament, time ?angel of Jehovah? is a theophany, a self-manifestation of God. The only distinction is that between Jehovah in himself and Jehovah in manifestation; the appearances of ?the angel of Jehovah? seem to be preliminary manifestations of the divine Logos, as in <011802>Genesis 18:2,13 ? ?three men stood over against him [Abraham)? And Jehovah said unto Abraham?; <270325>Daniel 3:25, 28 ? ?the aspect of the fourth is like a son of the gods? Blessed be the God? who hath seat his angel? The New Testament ?angel of the Lord? does not permit, the Old Testament ?angel of the Lord? requires worship ( <662208>Revelation 22:8, 9 ? ?See thou do it not?; cf.
<020305> Exodus 3:5 ? ?put off thy shoes.?) As supporting this interpretation, see Hengstenberg, Christology, l:107-123;
J. Pye Smith, Scripture Testimony to the Messiah. As opposing it, see Hofmann, Schriftbeweis, 1:329, 378; Kurtz, History of Old Covenant, 1:181. On the whole subject, see Bibliotheca Sacra, 1879:593-615.
C. Descriptions of the divine Wisdom and Word.
(a) Wisdom is represented as distinct from God, and as eternally existing with God;
(b) the Word of God is distinguished from God, as executor of his will from everlasting. (a)
<200801> Proverbs 8:1 ? ?Doth not wisdom cry?? Cf . <401119>Matthew 11:19 ? ?wisdom is justified by her works?; <420735>Luke 7:35 ? ?wisdom is justified of all her children?; 11:49 ? ?Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send unto them prophets and apostles?; <200822>Proverbs 8:22, 30, 31 ? ?Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old? I was by him, as a master workman: And I was daily his delight? And my delight was with the sons of men?; cf. 3:19 ? ?Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth,? and <580102>Hebrews 1:2 ? ?his Son? through whom? he made the worlds.?
<19A720> Psalm 107:20 ? ?He sendeth his word, and healeth them?; 119:8 ? ?For ever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven?; 147:15-18 ? ?He sendeth out his commandment? He sendeth out his word.?
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