While this verse by itself demonstrates the power of obedience and the fruitful blessing that obedience to God bears for us, there is much more to this passage. In verse 20 we see that the Angel of the Lord was sent to keep the newly forming nation of Israel. In verse 21 they are told to obey this Angel, and that the power of forgiveness was in Him (provoke him not, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in him). Wow, who is this incredibly powerful Angel? Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 10:4 in his discourse of the same in chapter 10. “And did drink the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Jesus Christ.” – That is correct, the mysterious Rock that followed, or rather guided Israel in the wilderness, the Angel of the Lord, was none other than the Word Himself, who was with God, and was God, from the beginning!

-Mark Wood-



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