25 Apr Parallels Between Jesus & the Angel of the Lord
1. Ascended to Heaven After Sacrifice
The angel of the Lord ascended to Heaven after Samson’s parents made a sacrifice to God (Judges 13:20). Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven after his sacrifice to God (Luke 23:46-24:51).
2. Glory of God
The glory of God was shone when the angel of the Lord appeared to some shepherds (Luke 2:9). The glory of God was shone when Jesus Christ was on a mountain with his disciples (Matthew 17:2).
The angel of the Lord had his sword drawn ready to strike Balaam (Numbers 22:31). Jesus Christ has a sword coming out of mouth to destroy his enemies (Revelation 19:15).
4. Man Form
Both are in a man form. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s parents, they did not know he was an angel. They assumed he was a man (Judges 13:10-16). Most people around Jesus’ time did not know he was in fact God in a man form. They thought he was just a man (Matthew 16:13-17).
5. Appeared on the Road
The Angel of the Lord appeared on a road ready to strike Balaam. He was invisible to Balaam until God opened his spiritual eyes. (Numbers 22:23-31). Jesus Christ appeared on the road to Damascus and blinded Saul. No one saw him but they could hear Jesus’ voice. (Acts 9:3-7).
6. Rebuked Satan
The angel of the Lord rebuked Satan when he was standing next to Joshua, the high priest (Zechariah 3:1-2). Jesus Christ rebuked Satan when he was in the wilderness for 40 days (Matthew 4:10).
7. Fiery Appearance
The angel of the Lord came to Daniel in a vision. I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people. – Daniel 10:5-6.
There is a similar description given when John saw Jesus Christ in a vision. When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. – Revelation 1:12-16.
8. Set the Captives Free
The angel of the Lord brought the apostles free from prison (Acts 5:19). Jesus Christ came to be to set us free from spiritual bondage of sin (John 8:36).
9. Strike Down Nation
The angel of the Lord struck down Jerusalem when King David sinned (1 Chronicles 21:16). Jesus Christ will struck down nations due to their sins (Revelation 19:15).
10. God’s Name
The angel of the Lord who protected Moses along the way has God’s name in him (Exodus 23:21). Jesus means Jehovah saves. So Jesus has God’s name in him.