Jehovah had a dream: to create a kingdom of god here on earth. It is true that all humanity is submerged in a regimen of corruption after the fall of Adam and Eve. Paul, the apostle, summarizes the condition of this world in one verse: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). But Jehovah thought: “I am God Almighty” (Gen. 17:1). “Besides me there is no God” (Is. 44:6). “Whatever Jehovah pleased, that he has done, in heaven and in earth” (Ps. 135:6). “I will work, and who can hinder it?” (Is. 43:13). Jehovah thought, pondered, and proceeded to the execution.
Through Joseph, he brought the offspring of Jacob to Egypt, to the most developed nation of those times, and there, for 200 years, he multiplied his people and formed them. Moses, the man chosen to deliver the people, was instructed in all the science of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22). Around the time of the deliverance of the people of Israel, there were about 2 million under terrible slavery. In order to display his power, Jehovah hardened the heart of Pharaoh and stroke Egypt with the plagues for ten times. In the last one, the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh’s heart softened, since all Egypt was weeping. The people left, jubilant, with songs of victory and their bags filled with gold (Ex. 12:33-36).
The sea opens up by a prodigious miracle, and the people of Israel go through on dry foot. The armies of Pharaoh came after them to avenge the death of the firstborn. Jehovah came into battle, causing the wheels of the chariots of the Egyptians to swerve; after that the furious sea closed in on them and destroyed the army of the enemy (Ex. 19:18). Jehovah commanded the law, the Ten Commandments, from the middle of darkness (Deut. 4:11-13; 5:23). The covenant of the law was made in the darkness.
In this way the kingdom of Jehovah was meticulously formed for the time span of 400 years. The kingdom was a priestly kingdom: “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests” (Ex. 19:6). Then Jehovah elected the tribe of Levi to minister over the people. The Levites were the mediators to offer sacrifices and holocausts. This was the theocratic government.
The people, formed by the idolatry during 200 years, and morally corrupted by its practices, seeing that Moses was delaying on the Mount, forced Aaron to build them a calf of gold, because the Apis bull was for the Egyptians the supreme expression of the deity. They offered a worship service to the calf (Ex. 32:4-6). The people undressed and gave start to a bacchanal. Jehovah told Moses to go down the mountain. When he approached the people, seeing that carnal and satanic sight, he cast the two tables from his hands and broke them. There the covenant of the law was destroyed before it began. JEHOVAH, IN TERRIBLE FURY, WANTS TO DESTROY THE PEOPLE. (Ex. 32:10). Moses, the Mediator, intercedes, and Jehovah repents (Ex. 32:11-14).
Jehovah declares to Moses that he had not gone up with the people, lest he would destroy them on the way (Ex. 33:3). He then sends an angel in his place (Ex. 33:2). The separation of Jehovah and Israel was fulfilled. Jehovah has two kinds of angels: the bad ones and the good ones. The bad one is the destroyer that killed 70,000 Hebrews (1 Chr. 21:14-15). The one who follows Israel in the desert was not good, for Jehovah declared: “Behold, I send an angel before you, to keep you by the way, and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Pay attention to him, and listen to his voice. Don’t provoke him, for he will not pardon your disobedience, for my name is in him” (Ex. 23:20-21). An unforgiving angel is a bad angel, for Jesus said: “But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:15). If God rejects a man when he does not forgive, imagine when an angel that was sent to help does not forgive (Ps. 34:7).
There is another greater reason that proves that the angel was wicked. Jehovah said to Moses: “I will send an angel before you; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite” (Ex. 33:2). And he said more: “Observe that which I command you this day. Behold, I drive out before you the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite” (Ex. 34:11,24; Deut. 7:1).
After Joshua brought the people of Israel into the Promised Land, after 40 years of peregrination had passed, and after all kinds of privation in the hands of the angel, for Jehovah departed from Israel. Jehovah had said: “After the number of the days in which you spied out the land, even forty days, for every day a year, you will bear your iniquities, even forty years, and you will know my alienation” (Num. 14:34).
The people were under the orders of the angel. The text says: “The angel of Jehovah came up from Gilgal to Bochim. He said, ‘I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers;’ and I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you” (Gen. 17:7). “‘And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not listened to my voice: why have you done this? Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [as thorns] in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you’” (Judges 2:1-3).
The angel changed the promise of Jehovah made with an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jehovah swore, and the angel broke the oath; therefore he is evil and perverse. Let us look at what happened, for Jehovah agreed with the angel: “The children of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods. The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and forgot Jehovah their God, and served the Baals and the Asheroth” (Judges 3:5-7).
Anarchy was established. It is obvious that it was a plan set up against the people of God, that is to say, Israel, with the purpose of destroying it under the covering of punishment. Jehovah should punish the angel, and not the people of Israel. If the angel had fulfilled the promise of Jehovah and cast away the perverted people of the earth, the people of god would not have been corrupted.
On the other hand, the kingdom of god that had been so expected and so meticulously engendered fell to the ground. And Jehovah thought: My project has been ruined.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira