What are we to make of all those passages in the Old Testament in which “the Angel of the Lord” appears on the scene and proceeds to speak and act as God himself? In their new book, The Angel of the Lord: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study, Matt Foreman and Doug Van Dorn argue that this mysterious Angel appears much more frequently than many people realize, since he is called by a variety of names including the Angel, the Name, the Glory, the Face, the Right Hand, and the Word. Shane Rosenthal talks with Matt and Doug about their research into this important topic, and its implications for our understanding of God’s self-revelation.
When God interacts with individuals throughout the Old Testament, whether a prophet like Isaiah or someone such as King David, in my opinion it’s usually through the second person of the Trinity. The Son is the mediator and intercessor—that’s the way it has always been since the dawn of creation. There’s no reason why things should have changed in the New Testament and suddenly something brand new happens. There is a consistency from Genesis to Revelation regarding this.Matt Foreman
The Angel of the Lord: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Study
Authors: Matt Foreman and Doug Van Dorn
In the early books of the Old Testament, the mysterious “Angel of the Lord” repeatedly appears—visibly, audibly, even physically—to the Patriarchs, to Moses, to the Prophets. Who is this Angel? Exploring the biblical texts, the testimony of church history, and the insights of Systematic Theology, Matt Foreman and Doug Van Dorn argue that the answer is beyond doubt: the Angel of the Lord is a manifestation of God the Son. Even more, they argue that this Angel appears more often than people realize, because he appears under different titles, including: the Word, the Name, the Glory, the Face, the Right Hand, even the Son.
Christ in the Old Testament: Promised, PATTERNED, and Present
Author: Doug Van Dorn
Few subjects are as important, yet ignored or misapplied, as the one addressed in this book. Jesus Christ is the absolute center and focus of the totality of God’s word. Many people confess this belief, since Jesus himself taught it (Luke 24:27; John 5:39). Christians have done well to see this on one or two levels. Yet, truly understanding just how primary he is as an actor—even in the Old Testament—is something few have considered. In this revised and expanded edition of From the Shadows to the Savior (2015), Douglas Van Dorn helps us see the light of Christ that emerges from the dark hallways of Scriptures that so many find outdated, unintelligible, and irrelevant for today’s Church.
Author: Vern Poythress
Describing the various accounts of God’s visible presence from Genesis to Revelation, theologian Vern S. Poythress helps us consider more deeply what they reveal about who God is and how he dwells with us today. Each time God appears to his people throughout the Bible―in the form of a thunderstorm, a man, a warrior, a chariot, etc.―he comes to a specific person for a specific purpose. And each of these temporary appearances― called theophanies―helps us to better understand who he is, anticipating his climactic, permanent self-revelation in the incarnation of Christ.