W.I.S.H. Post – January 26, 2022

W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 01-26-2022

Read:  Daniel 3

This week in our look at the many names for Christ in the Bible we encounter a mystery. The word “theophany” means an encounter with God. The word “Christophany” is an encounter with Christ, BEFORE Jesus was born to Mary.  How is that possible?  There are passages in the Old Testament where people encounter “the Angel of the Lord” or someone who is like “a son of God”.  That latter expression is a bit mysterious, but it seemed to describe a very special Angel, who looked like a person.  The “Angel of the Lord” in numerous appearances is worshipped by those who see Him; this suggests divinity.  Also, there are places where the ancient Hebrew language is confusing to Bible scholars and we’re not sure if, for example, Jacob wrestled with God, or wrestled with the “Angel of the Lord”. 

None of that should be too concerning to you, as this is not a critical doctrine of faith.  It is very interesting and below is a list of references of potential “Christophany” experiences that I found online.  I would add Daniel 3:19-29 to that list.

                  Genesis 16:7-13                         Exodus 14:19

                  Genesis 22:15-18                      Exodus 13:21

                  Genesis 24:7 , 40                       Judges 6:11-23

                  Genesis 31:11-13                      Judges 13:9-20

                  Exodus 3:1                               Numbers 20:16

                  Acts 7:30-35                               Zechariah 1:12-13

So, did Christ make pre-incarnate visits to the Earth?  It is a mystery.  Is Christ the special “Angel of the Lord” (the word “Angel” means messenger of God, and since Jesus is the Word of God it seems possible)?  I don’t know.  I’m tempted to say we’ll never know, but I really don’t believe that!  I think we will see and know the full glory of Christ when we have entered His eternal Kingdom.  Until then, it’s fun to contemplate the mysteries of faith.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom