Genesis 16:7-13 gives the account of the encounter between the angel of the Lord and Hagar who was running away from her mistress Sarai. In subsequent articles, we will dissect and learn the hidden truths from this encounter, but for now, let us look at who is this angel of the Lord?
Although the identity of this angel of the Lord is not explicitly stated, close scrutiny of this text indicates that this was not just another mere messenger from God. First, this angel of the Lord promises to multiply her seed, which is something only God can do. Second, Hagar, in fact addresses this angel of the Lord who spoke with her, as God (Genesis 16:13). These help us recognize and agree with other Biblical scholars, that this angel of the Lord is none other than the pre-incarnate Christ – God himself (Theophany to Hagar).
Furthermore, what is interesting to note is that Bible says, the angel of the Lord found Hagar, implying that Hagar was being sought after and hence found.
Points to ponder:
Jesus is the messenger of God, the messenger of the covenant (Malachi 3:1) of God i.e., the angel of the Lord. He seeks us and finds us, even if we are in a wilderness. Have you been found by Jesus, the the angel of the Lord.
Genesis 16:7-13 (KJV)
7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?