The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Grandson


abraham-isaac-jacob_thumbnailGod is the God of families.

Yet He could have been known in any number of ways:

  • The chief Hindu god is Vishnu, the cow.
  • The pantheist god is the universe itself. Every cloud, breeze, and rock is part of god.
  • The Muslim god is a single, lone, transcendent being made known through various prophets. These prophets are not closely related to one another.

But God did not reveal Himself to us in the likeness of an animal.
He did not reveal Himself to us in the likeness of a rock, tree, or bird.

He did reveal Himself through prophets. But for the most part, these were not just random “holy men” with no relation to one another. God could have worked that way, but He didn’t.

Instead, God chose to work through families.

God says, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

He could have picked any three men. God could have revealed Himself to one man in Israel, one man in Egypt, and one man in Syria. God could have picked three men who had little or no knowledge of one another.

Yet God chose to work through a family,
identifying Himself as the God of a Father, a Son, and a Grandson.

God doesn’t just call individuals to know Him.
He calls entire families.


About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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