Dr. Couch, what is going on in Exodus 23:20-21? Is this about Christ?
ANSWER: The Lord said through Moses, "I am going to send an
angel before you to guard you along the way, and to bring you into the
place which I have prepared. Be on your guard before him and obey his
voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your
transgression, since My name is in him."
This is very similar
to Judges 2:1 where the angel of the Lord speaks a word of rebuke to the
Israelites. "I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never
break My covenant with you.'" In Exodus 23:21 the angel the Lord is
sending is the Angel of Jehovah who is the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus
Christ. Unger agrees with this. Moses is told "to obey Him,' that is,
this Angel. This would certainly make Him the Messiah! Because of the
depth of the sins of the people, He will not pardon their
transgressions. Only God could pardon sin; therefore, this one is not
simply another angel, but the Angel of Jehovah, Christ, who has the
ability to pardon, or not pardon!
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch