The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

“He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

– Matthew 22:32 ESV

God refers to Himself as the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament. Before the Word of God was ever written down and shared, the Bible resided in the hearts and minds of God’s people. His truth was told and retold verbally, passed down from one generation to the next.

God chose Abraham to become the father of many, and He blessed Him and all future generations through a blood sworn oath that He could never break. God’s covenant with Abraham is first told in Genesis 12 and repeated two other times in Genesis 15 and 17.

The covenant included the blessings and specifically mentions Abraham would have many offspring, many nations would come from his lineage, the covenant would extend to his descendants (physically and spiritually), and God would give his sons and daughters the land of Canaan (Genesis 17:2-8).

In our verse today, the Sadducees, a sect of Jews who did not believe in the resurrection, asked Jesus about it. He referred to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in His reply: “As for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”

Through Jesus, Son of David, the covenant is carried into the lives of all who accept Him. Galatians 3:13-14 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith” (ESV).

Today’s One Thing

Read the blessing passed to you through Jesus from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob today in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

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