By: A. Williams
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I said “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!!! I’m sure you’ve heard this cliché phrase before. A few weeks ago I was listening to the radio and I heard a pastor quote this phrase in his prayer and it struck a chord within my spirit. I thought to myself, what does that really mean? Why would God choose these three men to identify himself with?
Known as the patriarchs and founders of the Jewish nation and Christianity as we know it today, these three men do hold a special place in the eyes of God. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were just ordinary imperfect men, much like you and I before God intervened in their lives. They were not some supermen with great power.
God began the creation of a special people (Israelites) with Abraham, but he did not possess these people until Isaac’s and Jacob’s history was completed and the twelve tribes were created. If God’s plan was to take these three ordinary men and create through them his own vast nation called Israel, what more can he do with us? God gave the privilege of being vessels for his plan to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are all descendants of these three men and to truly understand their experience, their story and their significance we must realize that we as Christians of today are one with all the true Israel and not a separate people of God.
This phrase is mentioned throughout the Bible a few times in the Old and New Testament (Matthew 22:31-32, Exodus 3:15-16, and Exodus 3:6). God made promises and covenants to these men that forever shaped our nation. He chooses ordinary men and women (like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) to receive his gift of grace and help him build his kingdom to all those who are willing to submit to His calling. God chose to be associated with these men for all eternity by stating “this is my name forever” (Exodus 3:15).
Over the next three weeks I will go into depth about each man’s story; Abraham the idolater, Isaac a weak and passive man, and Jacob, a strong, self-willed man. Abraham saw God as Father and the source of all things. Isaac received Abraham’s the inheritance as a son. Jacob attempted to make shape his own future but was hindered by having his natural strength undone. I will talk about what they mean to us as Christians today, and what significance they hold in God’s master plan. God has a threefold blessing for his people which is illustrated in the lives of these three men.