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God of the fathers

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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.

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God’s relationship with the fathers

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Acts 7:32 NKJV
saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.
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The God of Jacob

“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.
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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:

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God’s people were frequently encouraged by the relationship they saw between God and other individuals (e.g., Jos 1:5; 2Ki 2:14):

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Jacob learned to fear and trust God through his father Isaac.

God’s covenant with the fathers

God’s promises that they will be the fathers of a great nation

Genesis 28:13–15 NKJV
And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
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God remembers and fulfils his promises

Exodus 2:24 NKJV
So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
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God makes a covenant with his people to be their God

Deuteronomy 29:12–13 NKJV
that you may enter into covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath, which the Lord your God makes with you today, that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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Characteristics of the God of the fathers

He blesses his people

Deuteronomy 1:11 NKJV
May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!
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He is powerful

1 Kings 18:36–39 NKJV
And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

He is gracious and compassionate

2 Kings 13:23 NKJV
But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence.

He keeps his people faithful

1 Chronicles 29:18 NKJV
O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You.

He gives wisdom

Daniel 2:23 NKJV
“I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”

He is the God of the living

Matthew 22:32 NKJV
‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

People sometimes fail to respond to the God of their fathers

Joshua 18:3 NKJV
Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?
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