1245 God of the fathers
God’s particular association with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the fathers of the nations of Israel, highlights his faithfulness in fulfilling the promises made to them. He is the God who establishes a covenant with his people for their everlasting blessing.
God’s relationship with the fathers
The God of Jacob Ps 20:1 “Jacob” is used here as a synonym for the nation of Israel. This usage is common in the Psalms as a reminder to God’s people of his faithfulness to Jacob and the emergent nation of Israel. See also Ge 32:27-28; Ps 14:7; Ps 46:7,11; Ps 75:9; Ps 76:6; Ps 114:7
Such a relationship served as an encouragement to others Abraham’s servant was encouraged to trust God in his mission by the example of Abraham’s faith: Ge 24:12,27,42,48 God’s people were frequently encouraged by the relationship they saw between God and other individuals (e.g., Jos 1:5; 2Ki 2:14): Ge 26:24; Ge 31:42,53
Ge 46:1-3 Jacob learned to fear and trust God through his father Isaac.
God’s covenant with the fathers
Characteristics of the God of the fathers
He is powerful 1Ki 18:36-39
He is gracious and compassionate 2Ki 13:23
He keeps his people faithful 1Ch 29:18
He gives wisdom Da 2:23
People sometimes fail to respond to the God of their fathers
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