Q: Why Does God Call Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Our Fathers”?
A: God calls Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Our Fathers” because ONE COVENANT having TWO PARTS --- Physical and Spiritual Promises --- was given to them.
Abraham receives the Covenant
Gen 12:1-3 “Yahweh said to Abram, Go out of your country, and from your people, and from your father's house into a land that I will show you. (2) I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. (3) I will bless those that bless you and curse those who curse you. In you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Gen 22:15-18 “The Angel of Yahweh called to Abraham out of the heavens the second time, (16) and said, I have sworn by Myself, says Yahweh; because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only one; (17) that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. Your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. (18) In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Isaac receives the Covenant
Gen 26:1-5 “There was a famine in the land, besides the famine that was in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines to Gerar. [ Note: Gerar was in the land of Palestine ] . (2) And Yahweh appeared to him and said, Do not go down into Egypt. Live in the land that I shall tell you of. (3) Reside in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. For to you and to your seed I will give all these lands; and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. (4) And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these lands.In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, (5) because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My Laws.”
Jacob receives the Covenant
Gen 28:10-14 “Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. (11) He came to a certain place and stayed there all night because the sun had set. He took of the stones of that place, and placed them at his head. And he lay down in that place to sleep. (12) While sleeping he dreamed that a ladder was set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven! And behold! The angels of God were ascending and descending on it! (13) And behold! Yahweh stood above it, and said, I am Yahweh, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac! The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your seed. (14) And your seed shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”Read the full article Why Does God Call Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Our Fathers”? in PDF format.
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