Exodus 23:20-21(KJV) 20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
The word angel comes from the Hebrew word malak which means "messenger". It can be used for celestial beings or for man. When connecting these verses with other scripture it becomes clear to me that there is a divine Messenger throughout the scripture starting in genesis.
I made bold certain parts in the exodus text so you can see the connections in the following texts. First I'll begin with the saying " he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in him". This messenger is given divine authority that only the Most High has, as we can see in the following verse from Joshua 24:19:
Joshua 24:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins
Then finally we see the fulfilment of the exodus text in judges 2:1-3:
Judges 2 King James Version (KJV)
1 And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?
3 Wherefore 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 unto you.
4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the Lord spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.
So we see the connections in that YHWH comanded Israel to obey this messenger's voice, saying " obey his voice" , that he would drive out the enemies from the land of canaan. While in Judges this same messenger says " you have not obey my voice" and "I will not drive out " the enemies. Along with other words spoken by the messenger that apply to the God of Israel like " I swear unto your fathers, and I said, I will never break my covenant with you ".
So my question is can this be used as proof that the Angel from Exodus 23:20 is in fact a divine Messenger?
This is not the only times this Messenger is mentioned, this Messenger is literally found all throughout the Old Testament. I can bring more verses if needed