“Moses is seeing the angel, but the angel represents God’s presence and is acting on God’s behalf. Therefore, when Moses sees the angel, he is also seeing God, who is communicating with him through the angel.”
Is this correct?
Here’s the transcript of my full conversation with the chat bot if you’r so inclined:
Q. In Exodus chapter 3, verse 2, it says that an angel of God appears to moses. Then in the verses afterwards it says that god himself spoke to Moses. Can you please explain this?
A. Exodus 3:2 states “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” This passage describes an appearance of an angel of the Lord to Moses in the form of a burning bush.
Then in Exodus 3:4, God speaks to Moses from the burning bush, saying “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”
This passage is describing the appearance of an angel of God, which is a messenger sent by God, and then God himself speaking to Moses. In the Bible, angels are often used as a medium for God to communicate with humanity. Therefore, the passages you mentioned refer to the same event, the appearance of an angel of the Lord and God speaking to Moses.
Q. So the fire that was burning in the bush was an angel and then God came together with the angel?
A. The fire in the bush is described as the “angel of the Lord” in the passage you referenced, which is a representation of the presence of God. The angel is not a separate entity from God, but rather a manifestation of God’s presence. Therefore, when it says that the angel appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush, it’s describing an appearance of God in a visible form. The passage also says that God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, which confirms that God and the angel are the same.
Q. So when it says that God spoke to Moses it was through the angel? So he was seeing an angel or was he seeing god?
A. Yes, in this passage in Exodus, God is speaking to Moses through the angel. The angel is a messenger sent by God to communicate with Moses, so in a sense, Moses is seeing the angel, but the angel represents God’s presence and is acting on God’s behalf. Therefore, when Moses sees the angel, he is also seeing God, who is communicating with him through the angel. The Bible describes the angel of the Lord as a “theophany”, which is a visible manifestation of God. This concept of God communicating through an angel or a theophany is present in many parts of the Bible, not just in Exodus.
Q. So when it says in Verse 7 that God spoke to Moses, it means that moses saw an angel who was speaking with God’s voice?
A. Yes, that is one way to interpret the passage. When it says in Exodus 3:7 that “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows”, the text is saying that God is communicating with Moses through the angel of the Lord. Moses is seeing the angel in the burning bush, and the angel is relaying God’s message to him. It’s a way of saying that God is speaking to Moses through this angelic messenger, which is representing God’s presence.