Angel of the Lord, it says. That in itself makes some distinction between the angel and the Lord. To deny that is a dishonest reading of scriptures.
Now concerning the Sabbath day worship issue, I'd like you to consider what the scriptures tells us in Colossians 2 about Christians:
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Why then judge others in respect of the Sabbath?
So, are you saying there was an angel and the Lord in the midst of the bush? The scripture does not say that either. Perhaps the purpose of the scripture was to point out that the
angel of the Lord is the Lord, which seems to be suggested in other scriptures as well.
Now concerning your comments regarding Colossians, are you suggesting that one of the ten commandments spoken by the mouth of God and written with His own finger are in the category of philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world?
The ten commandments are not addressed at all in Colossians 2. Colossians 2 is addressing philosophy, vain deceit, traditions, and the rudiments of this world. God's sabbath is none of those things. Nor is it any of the things pointed out which I highlighted in the following verses of Colossians 2.Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
God's sabbath has nothing to do with the commandments of men. It is no surprise that those who reject the authority of God's sabbath, twist a scripture definitely referring to ceremonial sabbaths into one referring to God's sabbath, while they twist other scriptures referring to God's sabbath into ones referring to ceremony alone.
You should heed the words of the first angel given in Revelation 14 - Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
God gave us His Sabbath to do this very thing. Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
All those who reject God's sabbath reject the basic fundamentals of the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ Himself created the world and established His sabbath at the end of that creation as a day of worship and a memorial of our Creator. The everlasting gospel includes this most basic worship and acknowledgment of humanities proper relation to the God they profess.
Put down the golden cup of abominations, and stop partaking of the wine of Babylon that is within it. Abandon the man of sin, and the times and laws he has set up in the place of God's. Come out of Babylon and worship God, not the beast which she rides. Worship God through obedience to His times and law, not the beast through obedience to the times and laws of the man of sin. Would you be in the new heaven and new earth, to partake of the tree of life once again.Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.Isa 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Worship God on the day He has sanctified and chosen as a sign that He is the one who sancitifies you.Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Exo 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
God alone can sanctify and save humanity. Worship Him in following the living example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Abandon the man of sin and his institution Babylon the Great, which rides the beast unto perdition. Abandon the abominations found in her wine which testify that sinners may sanctify a day by observing it in place of the day which God Himself sanctified. Accept the sanctification of God in and through the obedience of His Son Jesus Christ, who alone can sanctify humanity, and abandon the false gospel of humanity itself sanctifying and or saving itself by their own gospel and actions. Emphasis in the following quote is mine.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.
2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.
2188 In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church's holy days as legal holidays. They have to give everyone a public example of prayer, respect, and joy and defend their traditions as a precious contribution to the spiritual life of society. If a country's legislation or other reasons require work on Sunday, the day should nevertheless be lived as the day of our deliverance which lets us share in this "festal gathering," this "assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."
Humanity cannot sanctify anything in and of themselves. They cannot sanctify Sundays by doing or not doing anything on that day. Nor can they be sanctified in any way shape or form by adhering to man made traditions regardless of any claims to the contrary.
God alone can sanctify anything. He has sanctified the seventh day and it is so. He has called His own to rest in His sanctification on that day. Those who obey by faith may be sanctified by God in and though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who sanctified His body once and for all in His life, death, and resurrection. Salvation has come though our Lord's obedience. Following in His footsteps by faith alone can sanctify or save anyone. None will sanctify or save themselves by their own actions in relation to things which God never commanded or called for in His faithful. Such is the false gospel of the man of sin, his institution Babylon the Great, and his law enforcer the final beast of biblical prophecy. Rom 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
If you are of the body of Christ and follow in His footsteps by faith, then you are sanctified and saved. He alone can and will sanctify those who are willing to pick up their crosses and follow Him. The laws of God were in His heart and mind, and He did fulfill them in our human flesh. The true gospel is about putting those same laws into the hearts and minds of HIs followers unto sanctification by faith. The false gospel and wine of Babylon are about sanctification and salvation through human effort and compliance to human traditions. Cain and Abel both brought offerings before God, but only one was accepted being by faith in and therefore obedience to the command and example of God Himself. Which was an offering pointing to the pure and unadulterated faith and obedience of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Himself. An obedience even unto death.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Flee from Babylon. You cannot sanctify a day or anything else for that matter, by your actions or faith in things that are not of God. Jesus Christ is of God. Pick up your crosses and follow Him. Examine His life and teachings and follow them. Paul is not your savior. Submit his writings to the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not the other way around, or you will be lost. Joh 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Get your priorities straight. Submit all the words of apostles and prophets to the words of Jesus Christ who alone has, does, and will sanctify His own. Do not submit the gospel of Jesus Christ to the many different interpretations of the words of prophets and apostles, but submit all to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Mar 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
God's sabbath was established by Jesus Christ our Lord who is verily God, at the end of creation for humanity. He taught its proper observance while here as one of us, predicted its observance after his death, and proclaimed that His law would not change until heaven and earth passed. Follow Jesus Christ, not one of the numerous false interpretations of for the most part, the words of the apostle Paul. Heed the following words from Paul himself.1Co 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
Listen to Paul. Judge his words by Jesus' words, not the other way around. 2Pe 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Heed the above warning from Peter concerning the words of the apostle Paul. Examine Paul's words in light of and contrast to the words of Jesus Christ that you may properly divide the word of God. Not the other way around which leads to destruction.