The Devine Messengers, (Angels), of the Book of Judges, has caused me to really search my heart and the Word to try to understand what and how the God Head was directing the path of the men and women (the Judges), who were raised up to lead Israel to victory over its enimies.
The Messengers, often proclaimed things to come, and reminded of things achieved in the past. The Lord or God often sends His Angels to further His cause.
The first verse that mentions Angels in Judges concerns the the Exodus from Egypt, and the end of Joshua’s leadership of same. The Angel of God, went before to lead and also behind to protect their departure from Egypt. (Exodus 14:19)
And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
The second mention of Angels Judges 2:2-5, records how the people disobeyed the directions of the Lord. Since they did not defeat and destroy the inhabitants of the promised land, the Lord would allow them to be a thorn in their sides, their gods and altars a snare to their relationship with God.
And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
This applies to us to day.
The Angel of God leads us to Him and protect us from the works of the devil. When we do not destroy and defeat the things that drew us to disobedience before Salvation, they will continue to be a recurring thorn and snare in our walk with the Lord.
If we obey the Angel of the Lords directions, He, will be an enemy to our enemies and an adversary to our adversaries. If we disobey or provoke Him, we will not receive pardon. (Exodus 23)
The Angel of the Lord, will not pardon, because he carries the Name of the Lord. It is interesting to note in Genesis 48:16, the Angel of God, was instrumental in Redeeming Israel. (Jacob) (One Angel redeems, the other will not pardon).
In the life and times of Debra Judges 4-5, we find the Angel of the Lord cursing the people of Meroz, for not coming to the Aid of the Lord to defeat Sisera. God used both Debra and Jael for his defeat. The Lord used woman to bring victory to Israel. (Judges 5:23)
It is in the life of Gideon that caused the most problems for my human mind. We find the Angel of the Lord, first found Gideon hiding at the wine press threshing wheat, to hide it from the Midianites. The Angel of the Lord, calls Gidean a mighty man of valour. (Judges 6:11-12)
Gideon protested this honor, they were in fear and hiding trying to survive the invasion of the Midianites. The Lord Himself spoke through this Angel, and Gidean decided to offer a gift to Him. He begged Him to stay till he returned with this offering. then we have the one mention of the Angel of God.
“And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.”
it is interesting to me that the Angel of God told him how to give the Gift, and the Angel of the Lord caused the Gift and Himself to dissappear.
We next look at the life of Samson in Judges 13.
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