Today... 'Angel of the Lord'
An angel of the Lord before Manoah did appear.
A name beyond human comprehension given.
'We have seen God' Manoah cried terrified with fear
as the Angel ascended in the flames into heaven.
The Angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the bush.
Flames of fire came out but the bush did not consume.
Moses went over to investigate but in his rush
got no closer and upon God's mercy did not presume.
Off came his sandals because on hallowed ground he trod
afraid to look on God he turned his face away.
Then from the bush came the spoken word of The Lord
'I am the God of your father' he heard God's voice say.
God came again not in a bush but in a stable born.
Trod earth's pathway up to the cross of Calvary.
So we could come to where our transgressions were borne.
to meet with God and be set free from His awesome fury.
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There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
Judges 13: 15-22
Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, 'We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goat for you.' The angel of the LORD replied, 'Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the LORD.' (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the LORD.) 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. ' Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the LORD. And the LORD did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched: As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground. When the angel of the LORD did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the LORD. 'We are doomed to die! ' he said to his wife. 'We have seen God! '
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The Bible calls You by many names
each one giving a glimpse of Your glory.
Like a cut diamond radiating in the sun
with every facet depicting
an aspect of Your Divine Nature.
Today I have thought of You as
'The Angel of the Lord'
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