You may know that I (sporadically but vigourously!) bang the drum for Christ the eternal Mediator being the deliberately revealed, consciously known object of faith in the Old Testament. Here are some posts on the issue.
By way of some kind of response, here are ten propositions that circle around some of the issues. (Fabricius eat your heart out).
For those yawning right now, hold on for some grand hilarity next week – I’m on holidays and will post only frivolity. For those fixing to flex their theological muscles, remember to play nice.
6. The Angel of the LORD is the pre-incarnate Christ. His identity as God from God is as clear in the OT as His incarnate identity is in the New.
If Jacob thought the Angel was only a creature he should not have blessed the boys in His name (Genesis 48:15-16). That would be idolatry. If Jacob knew that the Angel was a theophany then he shows a clear understanding that the Appearing God is the Messenger of Yahweh. Of course this is a multi-Personal doctrine of God.
Again I assert that in its own context and on its own terms the OT must be understood as a dynamic multi-Personal revelation. OT saints who failed to see this did not ‘partially understand’ the revelation – they misunderstood it.