Is the Angel of the Lord God?

In response to my last post, a reader on Facebook responded, “Huh? Jehovah is God, not an angel, Sir.”

Here is my reply:

It would help you greatly to read the Bible much more carefully!
 
Notice that:
 
(1) The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Abraham,
 
Genesis 22:11
11  And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
King James Version
 
(2) That Angel is referred to as appearing in the form of a man, for He was one of three men that visited Abraham,
 
Genesis 18:1-2
1  And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
King James Version
 
(3) Throughout the following account in Genesis one of those three men is consistently and repeatedly referred to and addressed as Jehovah,
 
Genesis 17:1
1  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:1
1  And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:13-14
13  And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14  Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:17
17  And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:19-20
19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:22
22  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:26
26  And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
King James Version
 
Genesis 18:33
33  And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
King James Version
 
Genesis 19:24
24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
King James Version
 
Genesis 21:1
1  And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
King James Version
 
(4) In those narratives, the Angel of Jehovah, or the Angel of God, is referred to as God in context,
 
Genesis 17:1
1  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
King James Version
 
Genesis 17:3
3  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
King James Version
 
(5) There appeared on the same scene at the same time two Jehovahs, one on earth who had been walking and speaking with Abraam face to face, and one in heaven who administered judgment to Sodom and Gomorrah,
 
Genesis 19:24
24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
King James Version
 
(6) The Angel of Jehovah is identified as Jehovah in Exodus 6:2, 3 where this name is in contrast to El Shaddai,
 
Exo 6:2  And God spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am Jehovah.
Exo 6:3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, as the Almighty *God; but by my name Jehovah I was not made known to them.  (Darby Translation)
 
(7) The Angel of Jehovah is Jehovah (Genesis 31:11-13),
 
11  And the angel of God said unto me in the dream, Jacob: and I said, Here am I.
12  And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the he-goats which leap upon the flock are ringstreaked, speckled, and grizzled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
13  I am the God of Beth-el, where thou anointedst a pillar, where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy nativity.
American Standard Version
 
Genesis 48:15-16,
 
15  And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all my life long unto this day,
16  the angel who hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
American Standard Version
 
Exodus 3:1-6,
 
1  Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the back of the wilderness, and came to the mountain of God, unto Horeb.
2  And the angel of Jehovah 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.
3  And Moses said, I will turn aside now, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4  And when Jehovah saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
American Standard Version
 
(8) The Angel of Jehovah is both Lord or Jehovah and God (see point 4 above),
 
Genesis 16:7-11
7  And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8  And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
King James Version
 
Notice in Genesis 16:7 that Hagar is found by “the angel of the LORD” or “the angel of Jehovah.” In Genesis 16:11, the angel of the LORD” spoke to Hagar, and stated “…because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.” 
 
In Genesis 22:15, 16,
 
Gen 22:15  And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 
Gen 22:16  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 
 
notice that “The angel of the Lord” called unto Abraham…And said, by myself have I sworn, saith the LORD” confirming that the Angel of Jehovah is God, since Jehovah or the LORD is God.
 
So in answer to your reply above that “Jehovah is God, not an angel, Sir,” the evidence in the Bible shows that the “Angel of Jehovah” is in context sometimes referred to as “the Angel of God,” sometimes as “Jehovah,” and sometimes as “God.” When two things are each equal to a third thing, they are equal to each other. Therefore, “the Angel of Jehovah” and “The Angel of God” are both equal to God, so that the Angel of Jehovah is rightly understood to be Jehovah and God in the manner reflected in my previous post comment above.

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