THE VOICE OF GOD OR ANGELS?

THE VOICE OF GOD OR ANGELS?

ACTS 7:35-38

STEVEN RITCHIE

Did God speak to Moses and the Prophets through Angelic Agency, or did God speak by Himself? Acts 7:35-38

Although Yahweh God talked to the Israelites through angelic agency, the scriptures prove that Yahweh’s actual VOICE and SHAPE was not literally heard or seen by the Israelites. Acts 7:35 -38-"This Moses whom they rejected ... is the one God sent to be a ruler and deliverer BY THE HAND OF THE ANGEL WHO APPEARED TO HIM IN THE BUSH

... This is he (Moses), that was in the church in the wilderness with THE ANGEL WHICH SPOKE TO HIM IN THE MOUNT SINAI, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us ...”

2Inspired NT Scripture proves that God sent Moses to be a ruler and deliverer “by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.” It was also an “angel which spoke to him (Moses) in the Mount Sinai” to deliver “the lively oracles of God (the 10 commandments and the law).” Hence, we can clearly see that God used angels to speak to Moses and the prophets as His agents.

New Testament Scripture proves that the LAW WAS GIVEN BY ANGELIC AGENCY.Acts 7:53 “Who have RECEIVED THE LAW BY THE DIRECTION OF ANGELS, and have not kept it."Galatians 3:19 -The Law “... was ORDAINED BY ANGEL Sin the hand of a mediator (Moses).” The Greek word translated as “ordained” in Galatians 3:19 is “diatasso” which more literally means “to command.”

Hence, the Law of Moses “was commandedby angels” by the hand of Moses as “a mediator.” Hebrews 2:2 -“For if THE WORD SPOKEN BY ANGELSwas steadfast (THE LAW), and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation(NEW COVENANT SALVATION) ...”

Notice that inspired scripture states that “the word was spoken by angels” rather than directly by God the Father. Therefore we know that God used His angels to deliver His word in the Hebrew Scriptures.Acts 7:53 “Who have RECEIVED THE LAW BY THE DIRECTION OF ANGELS, and have not kept it."

Wherefore, the words of God in the Law and the prophets were given and spoken through angelic agency.In the Hebrew “law of agency,” “A PERSON’S AGENT IS REGARDED AS THE PERSON HIMSELF(Ned. 72b; Kidd. 41b).”

The Encyclopedia of the Jewish Religion, Adama Books, New York, NY, 1986, pg. 15 states,“The angels that spoke the law were the LORD’S agents or representatives. As such, they had full authority to not only speak in His name, but to seemingly appropriate His name as in Exodus 20:2; ‘I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’ They were speaking exactly what God

wanted them to say.”

FIVE FACTS ABOUT ANGELS IN THE HEBREW

SCRIPTURES.

1.GOD SPOKE TO MOSES THROUGH ANGELS-Acts 7:35-38 states that God spoke to Moses through the angel at the burning bush and through an angel on Mount Sinai. For Acts 7:35-38 clearly states that “God sent (Moses) to be a ruler and deliverer BY THE HAND OF THE ANGEL WHO APPEARED TO HIM IN THE BUSH(in the burning bush) ... This is he (Moses), that was in the church in the wilderness with THE ANGEL WHICH SPOKE TO HIM IN THE MOUNT SINAI...”

Hence, God’s actual voice did not speak to Moses at the burning bush or at Mount Sinai because God spoke to Moses “by the hand of the angel ... in the bush” and by “the angel which spoke to him in Mount Sinai.”4

2.THE LAW OF MOSES WAS RECEIVED BY THE DIRECTION OF ANGELS -Acts 7:53 states that “THE LAW” was “received”“BY THE DIRECTION OF ANGELS."

Since the Law of Moses was received by the direction of angels, God clearly used angelic agency to deliver it.

3.THE LAW WAS COMMANDED BY ANGELS -Galatians 3:19 -The Law “... was COMMANDED BY ANGEL Sin the hand of a mediator (Moses).”

4.THE WORD OF GOD WAS SPOKEN BY ANGELS -Hebrews 2:2 -“For if THE WORD SPOKEN BY ANGELS was steadfast (THE LAW) ...”

5.THE ANCIENT HEBREWS REGARDED GOD’S ANGELIC AGENTS AS GOD HIMSELF -In the Hebrew “law of agency,” “

A PERSON’S AGENT IS REGARDED AS THE PERSON HIMSELF(Ned. 72b; Kidd. 41b).”

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