Leviticus 18 And 21: Book Analysis
In chapter 18 Abraham is tending to business when suddenly the LORD (Yahweh) appears to him. Genesis 18:2 says, “behold three men were standing opposite him”. Angels, including pre-incarnate appearances of Christ, often appear as men. It is generally taught that angels’ anthropomorphic qualities are limited to appearance i.e. perception, not substance. But there is something unique about this angelic account. In no less than two places, it says they ate (18:8, 19:3). These angels clearly had some kind of digestive system...no? If these angelic appearances were simply a human likeness in appearance, minus the substance, what happened to the food they consumed? Not to make light, but do you remember the childhood cartoons of the skeletons who drank liquid that immediately spilled onto the …show more content…
What about “holy” angels? I personally know of no circumstances in The Bible that specifically say that holy angels possess humans. But why should this phenomenon be troublesome? I know of no particular commandment prohibiting angels from possessing humans. Also, the Holy Spirit, although not an angel, is a distinct personal being who resides in millions of Christians. Is it possible that the two men are actually men whose bodies have been taken over by holy angels? I suggest this is a possibility.
Apparently, these were not angels who simply took on the mere appearance of men. They either took on a substantive and tangible human form, or possessed human men for the specific task God had ordained of them. When they arrived at Lot’s house, it says in Genesis 19:4-5, “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with