Lamb Testimony

Documenting Evidence for the Supernatural Lamb

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all generations.   Exodus 3:13-15

With some study, it would seem that the description of God being the God of the three persons Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is packed with prophetic meaning.  In several places in the Old Testament he is referred to as the God of these three persons. Isaac was the son promised to Abraham by God (Genesis 17:19; 21:1-2).  In Genesis 22 God tests Abraham’s faith by asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to Him in a certain location.  Three days journey later (Genesis 22:4), but just before Abraham intends to kill Isaac, God intervenes and prevents Abraham from killing him.  This Genesis text sacred to Judaism is a remarkable analogy to Jesus Christ as described in the New Testament.  Jesus, being “God’s Son”, sacrifices himself to death for three days (as Abraham would have been in sorrow for three days). Interestingly, in the Genesis 22 story, Abraham actually prophesies to Isaac “God will provide himself a lamb”. (A “ram” is provided by the end of the chapter but not the “lamb” as specified by Abraham). But what about Isaac’s son, Jacob? In Genesis 32, Jacob has a remarkable encounter with a supernatural man during a point in his life when he is in desperate straits:

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.   Genesis 32:24-30

Jacob fathers God’s chosen people:

For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.   Psalm 135:4

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.   Isaiah 43:1

the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.   Isaiah 44:23b

In Christian doctrine, the Abraham in Genesis represents God the Father, and Isaac represents God’s Son. Jacob inherits from Isaac. In the New Testament, believers from all races are described as being grafted into God’s chosen people, Israel (Romans 10, 11). Jesus redeems his church (Galatians 3:13, Revelation 5:9). It could be that Jacob is an example of redeemed people of every race as well, the inheritance of God’s Son, the chosen people whom he loves. The Hebrew God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob described hundreds of years before the time of Christ echoes the work of the Christian God of the New Testament amazingly well.

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