Scripture: Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that we may honor you when your word comes true?” He replied, “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding. ” Judges 13:17,18 NIV
Scripture: His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. Revelation 19:12 NIV
Observation: The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus, is Old Testament and New Testament.
Application: As I was reading about Samson in Judges today I started wondering, “what or who is the Angel of the Lord?” “Then Manoah inquired of the angel of the Lord…” Judges 13:17a. I went to Wikipedia and found the following excerpted definition:
“In Christianity, many commentators interpret the phrase ‘Angel of the Lord’ to refer to a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ. Some point out that although many angels appear in the New Testament, the specific, divine ‘Angel of the Lord’ never appears, therefore they conclude that he is now been incarnated as Jesus Christ.”
That says to me that since “Angel of the Lord” does not appear in the New Testament the writer believes that Jesus is the Angel of the Lord. I too believe that the Angel of the Lord in Judges is the pre-incarnate Jesus. There are two verse references in Judges and Revelation lead me to believe that the Angel of the Lord is Jesus. “Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding. ” Judges 13:18 NIV and “He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.” Revelation 19:12b NIV The Angel of the Lord whose name is beyond understanding in Judges and the “unnamable” rider of the white horse in Revelation, to me, are the same. They are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16 NIV. Jesus is our Old Testament Angel of the Lord and he is our New Testament King of Kings!
Prayer: Father, thank you for our Old Testament Angel of the Lord, Jesus, and for our New Testament King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus.
2 Replies to “Old and New Testament Jesus”
As I was reading this passage in Judges, I considered writing something along the same line as you. It is amazing that in such a wicked time the Lord would personally appear. I take it as a sign of just how much he loved His people. Many times I have laughed at the frantic response of Manoah and the logical response of his wife. 🙂
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