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Finding Jesus in the Old Testament.

Q11: Who is the "messenger of Yahweh" in the Old Testament?

Hypothesis: Who is the "malak" "Yahweh" in the Old Testament?

Introduction: We have discovered many meaning of Hebrew words now and are ready to see what the "messenger of Yahweh" means in the OT. It is clear a messenger is not the Father-Yahweh, the messenger must be a BEING sent from Father-Yahweh. Since we are speaking about heaven and earth, the messenger is either an angel or Son-Yahweh. There are no other theories of faith as evidence in Scripture.

Method: Samples of this Hebrew construct "malak"Yahweh" is listed for the reader.

Conclusion: The meaning of the Hebrew construct "malak Yahweh" as the "messenger of Yahweh" is Jesus, who is known as Son-Yahweh in this study.

Discussion:

(1) Ge 16:9 And the messenger "malak" of the LORD "Yahweh" said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

In context, a heavenly messenger sent by Father-Yahweh, speaks to Hagar and says to submit to Sarah.. so a hypothesis here could be something like this :- Ge 16:9 And the Son-Yahweh said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Or as some other faiths suggest, could the messenger sent by the Father-Yahweh be a chief angel?

Well Jesus is supposed to be the chief angel for the Fathers angelic host.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord "Yahweh" rebuke thee.

Re 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (KJV)

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Jesus was a commander of angels in a war against sinning in heaven. His name then was Michael. Notice Jesus is in charge of angels, here the term "archangel".

(2) Ge 22:11 And the messenger "malak" of the LORD "Yahweh"called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

In context than a heavenly messenger for the Father-Yahweh, speaks to Abraham, and continues to work symbols of salvation through Abraham. So a hypothesis here could be something like this :- Ge 22:11 And the Son-Yahweh called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

(3) Ge 22:15 And the messenger "malak" of the LORD "Yahweh" called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, Ge 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD "Yahweh", for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

In this context we see an interesting poetry picture of salvation. The messenger of Yahweh speaks a second time to Abraham, and than Yahweh speaks of Abraham offering his only son. Who is Yahweh speaking here ? The messenger of Yahweh, or Yahweh personally? In either case we see a picture of a Father offering his only son, is a simile of the Father-Yahweh offering his only Son-Yahweh as a sacrifice for sin-offering. This implies the "messenger of Yahweh" is "Son-Yahweh".

(4) Ex 3:2 And the messenger "malak" of the LORD "Yahweh" 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. Ex 3:4 And when the LORD "Yahweh" saw that he turned aside to see, God "Elohiym" called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Here we see the messenger of Yahweh, and straight away Yahweh sees Moses turn, so the heavenly powers of Elohiym (plural concept) speak together. This can mean one of several things. The bush that does not burn has the "messenger of Yahweh" and "fire". Fire is usually a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who is a medium administrating the presence of the "messenger of Yahweh", so Moses could see "God" and not cease to exist. The Elohiym concept could be the messenger and the Holy Spirit, or the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have already seen the "messenger of Yahweh" is Son-Yahweh.

It makes more sense that all the members of GOD spoke to Moses here, thus ONE GOD spoke to Moses. The problem lies in our Greek thinking that the many entities are many, where as a Hebrew sees different entities as a single whole.

When people look at this picture they see many trees. But a Hebrew person would see a single tree. Sure there are many parts here, many trunks, many limbs and many leaves, but as a whole it is a single tree. Perhaps the problem lies with our thinking of Hebrew.

(5) Ex 3:14 And God "Elohiym" said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

What is interesting here is the heavenly powers of Elohiym speak their Name to Moses, speaking as a single voice of many waters, I AM that I AM. Some have studied these Hebrew words and found while they seem single entities, they are plural entities. GOD is a FAMILY of three members. And any child like faith, can understand GOD as a simile of a Family. The FAMILY spoke to Moses and said "I AM that I AM". In our English mindset we do not consider plural entities as singular entities. We might say "We are that we are". But this implies a discordant mix of family members. GOD is a single family with a unity of purpose and function. Notice the I AM , I AM are two entities, and this makes love have a witness. One cannot love alone. Love is something we share to and receive from, there must always be a witness.

Notice when Adam was placed in the garden, his love went narcissistic. He felt lonely. Somehow man loving animals are not enough.

Ge 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. Ge 2:18 And the LORD "Yahweh" God "Elohiym" said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet "ezer" for him.

Notice the help-mate "ezer" is an interesting word. As a light digression we will study what "help-mate" means. There is an interesting picture of "help mate" in the study of this word.

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