On night four we did a quick review of the story of Hanukkah and then dove right into the story of Moses at the burning bush. I pointed out that the Angel of the LORD was talking but calls himself God. I asked everyone who was talking? The Angel or Yahweh? Then I showed this Angel of Light who speaks in the first person as Yahweh in several other places and it became clear that the Angel of LORD and Yahweh were, in fact, one and the same. I then took them back to a passage that we read yesterday when we discussed Abraham, where in Genesis 18 there were three "visitors" that approached Abraham, with one of them declaring himself as Yahweh. While two of the men (angels disguised as men) go to Sodom to retrieve Lot, the other man, who is called Yahweh, stands before Abraham and converses with him about the future of Sodom. The purpose of this exercise was to establish that even starting from Genesis, we have the Creator of the universe communicating to man by manifesting Himself in different forms, including pillars of fire, burning bushes, clouds, through the appearance of an Angel and also a mere human being. He loves to get on our level and relate to us where we are at. These manifestations of Yahweh creates the easy transition to see how He could once again come to earth, but this time not to dine with Abraham but to die for mankind as a mere human being. The Light that shows up to lead Israel and the patriarchs all through the Tenakh shows up to lead Israel again, but this time through death. Then, when this short teaching was finished, we had a half-time party on prison pizza and cookies!
Continued on part 5