Unless The God of my Father – Part 1.
“Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.” Genesis 31:42 (KJV)
These were the words of Jacob to Laban, his Uncle, who had manipulated and tried several times to outsmart him in their relationship. Let me paraphrase this verse like this: “The true, great and faithful God of my grandfather Abraham, and the personal and reverent fear of that same God that my own Father Isaac had, which also has been transferred to me has intervened on my behalf, and that is why you cannot carry out your wicked plans on me .”
We can see that father Abraham had introduced God Almighty to Isaac, and Isaac had, in turn, introduced Him to his son Jacob who can now testify of God’s miraculous intervention in his life.
That is not all; Jacob also feared and respected his father, Isaac.
My question to you today is, do you know this true God of Abraham?
Which God has your father introduced you to?
You may want to say your father did not know the true God; hence, it has been challenging to know this true God.
The Bible says in Hebrews 1:1, 2: ”In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”
Today again, you are being told that accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the only way to this great and true God who always intervenes on behalf of HIS own.
We also see that Jacob has a personal reverent fear of his father, which made him closer to the Almighty God that miraculously rescued him from destruction.