Hi Mike In verse 14, “Yahweh” turns to Gideon - if Yahweh was invisible, he couldn’t “turn” to him (or it wouldn’t be visible). In verse 16 Yahweh talks, but when Gideon answers Yahweh, he asks him not to depart from there until he comes back and brings him a gift. “And HE said, I will stay until you return” - the HE is still Yahweh (not the Angel of Yahweh) speaking. Gideon then brings the meat and broth and presented it to HIM (still speaking about Yahweh) and only then does the Angel of God speaks. It seems to me that this is ONE person (rather than two) but the phrase Angel of Yahweh and Yahweh is used interchangeably. This would mean that in verse 21 when the Angel of Yahweh disappeared from Gideon’s sight (lit: “from his eyes” - He was still there, but Gideon just couldn’t see him, so when Yahweh spoke, it wasn’t a second person, it was still the same (but now) invisible Angel of Yahweh. It is like someone speaks about me as Ria or the daughter of Rachel. Still only one and the same person but the narrator uses two different ‘names’ to address me. Or am I reading this wrong?
The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible
Now comes the shocker. The angel of Yahweh burns up the sacrifice and then leaves (v. 21). But we learn in verse 23 that Yahweh is still there and speaks to Gideon after the Angel’s departure. Not only did the writer blur the distinction between the two figures, but he had them both in the same scene