God, Angels, &THE Angel of God
The plurality of the One True God revealed even in the Old testament. Pt.1
This article was made to show that even from the Old testament Scriptures there were 2 distinct Members to the One True Yahweh God being hinted to them. And these are not 2 manifestations of the One true God but rather 2 members/persons who are both God manifesting themselves and doing good to Creation while being in a perfectly loving and United relationship.
20"Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him. 22"But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. 23"When my angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I blot them out, -Exodus 23:20-23
Coincide Exodus 13;21 below with Exodus 23 above
Coincide Exodus 13;21- By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Also Exodus 14;19 Then the Angel of God, who had gone before the camp of Israel, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from before them and stood behind them -Exodus 14;19
(((So this Means the Angel of the Lord spoke of in Exodus ch. 23 & 14 above and the Lord spoke of here in Exodus ch.13 are essentially the same but distinct from the Lord God who sent the Lord/The Angel to help & lead the Children of Israel. These kind of connections are early hints that the 1 God YHWH Yah is one Lord that has more than one Member/Person who exist as the One God. Which we find out later in Scripture that these 3, The Father, Son, and Spirit are the One true God speaking of the Godhead (Trinity).
To drive the point home and find out the identity of this Second Member/Person who also is YHWH the Creator who was sent to lead the Children of Israel out of the wilderness into the promise see 1 Corinthians 10 which states Christ Jesus(The Son) was the rock in the wilderness to the Children of Israel and also He was the One who they sinned against in the wilderness and He caused the Serpents to bite them. This very convincingly should lead us to see Christ is the visible YHWH God which helps explains Him also as to be the Angel of YHWH as they understood in the Old testament. Because you can conclude that you have The Angel of the Lord leading the people by a cloud & fire at one point as he was sent to do by God but Scripture also says that, that was actually the visible Lord using that cloud in the day and fire in the nighttime to lead the people.
Therefore you have One YHWH Lord God there but 2 distinct Members/Figures of Him, One Is Invisible the other Visible, One Sends the other is the Angel(Messenger) but both are Eternal & have no beginning being the Creator. This is True even though the Visible member/figure who also is YHWH God(The Son) has agreed for our sake to be Subordinate to the Invisible YHWH God(The Father) for a time, until all things are fulfilled in time.
We also must understand that an old testament Jew did not have a full robust explanation of Jesus the Christ/ God the Son from the Old testament/covenant as we do in the New. They also read the books of Moses with a partly veiled understanding of what God was showing them and hinting at. -2 Corinthians 3;15. This could be why they only understood part of the picture about it only being One YHWH God but more than one Member/Person which He consist in, They(3) who are the One have a perfectly United relationship with one another.
In other passages through out the whole of Scripture we find out that there is a distinctness between the 2 Yahweh figures there, implying an relationship between the 2 but yet they are the One Yahweh God. Some people have assumed God is like a Multi-functioning man who wears several hats as in sometimes the man is a sheriff, sometime the same person is a fireman basically the same man wearing different hats. EX. One Day God is Jesus, the Next day God is the Father, and sometimes God puts on Holy Spirit hat, this notion is wrong. The One Creator God is The Father, Son, & Spirit they are distinct persons but are One Lord and they are in a perfectly united relationship and agreement together.
Scripture References(That speak of the Equality yet the Subordination of the Visible Lord to the Invisible God)
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation
1 Corinthians 15:28
28 After everything is subjected under God's Son, the Son will then Subject himself under God, who put everything under his Son's power, So that God will be all in all.