Scripture: Judges 6:22 NASB “Practicing His Presence”
“When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the LORD, he said, ‘Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.’” Judges 6:22
Gideon realized he could not see God and live (cf. Ex. 33: 20). In the verse right after ours. the Lord said to Gideon “Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die.”
What or Who did Gideon see? There is a special grammatical construction in the Hebrew which is translated “the angel of the Lord.” The reason Gideon didn’t die was that he had seen the “angel of the Lord” which was an Old Testament appearing of Jesus Christ. Makes sense, right, since Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity and existed back into eternity. So Christ must have existed in the Old Testament times if He existed back into eternity. (For other OT appearances of Christ see Gen. 16:7- 14; 21:17- 21; 22:11- 18; 31:11, 13; Ex. 3:2; Judg. 2:1- 4; 5:23; 13:3- 22; 2 Sam. 24:16; Zech. 1:12; 3:1; 12:8). There is no record of an appearance of the “angel of the Lord” after the incarnation in the New Testament. The conclusion is that “the angel of the Lord” was an OT appearing of the Second Person of the Trinity.
You don’t have to feel cheated now in New Testament times that you won’t get to see “the angel of the Lord.” Jesus is with us now every moment of the day even if you don’t realize it. He is with us as is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells believers (cf. Rom. 8: 11, 14). Christ also dwells in us (cf. Col. 1: 27). Gideon did not have those privileges in his era.
Are you aware of Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling in you? Are you sensitive to Their presence (check out blog Sensitive To The Spirit)?
If you are, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30: 19)!
If you are interested in investigating the idea of being sensitive to God’s presence, you might want to read the book by a seventeenth century monk Practicing The Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A Wooly Situation