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.
The God of JacobPs 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 alsoGe 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 othersAbraham’s servant was encouraged to trust God in his mission by the example of Abraham’s faith:Ge 24:12,27,42,48God’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.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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