Biblical theology is the science and study of the God of the Bible. Theologians have created various categories describing this God based on the cumulative evidence from the biblical text. God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (everywhere), and omnipotent (all-powerful), for example. He is Spirit and the Creator. He is holy and He is love and He is good. All of this is important information in order to understand who God is. But there is also very important information that is specific to the entire context of Scripture and is highly relevant.
God in Context
A correct and accurate understanding of the context of both the Old and New Testaments is this: the Bible is the unfolding story of a specific racial covenant family and God’s purpose for them. It is the unfolding historical drama of God’s redeeming, sacrificial love through Jesus Christ to reconcile and restore His covenant people to Himself. More could be said, but this is the capsulated context. (If you want to discover that for yourself, read the Covenant Heritage Series.) It is within this biblical context that God reveals Himself.
The God of Who?
Repeatedly, God revealed Himself in a very specific way. He said to Moses at the burning bush:
“… I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Exodus 3:6
When Moses asked God what he should say if the enslaved Israelites would ask who sent him, God responded:
“God, furthermore, said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.’ ” – Exodus 3:15
When Moses protested that the Israelites would not believe him or that God had sent him, God demonstrated His power through Moses’ staff so
“that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” – Exodus 4:5
Later, God again affirmed to Moses:
“…I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them. I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.” – Exodus 6:3-4
In regard to the unconditional covenant promise about the land of Canaan, God said to Israel through Moses:
“I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession; I am the LORD.” – Exodus 6:8 (see also Exodus 33:1)
God promised that if the people of Israel would repent of their sins and rebellion, should they fall away, that:
“…then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land.” – Leviticus 26:42
In Deuteronomy, when Moses recounted all that the Lord had said and done during their forty years of wandering, he reaffirmed the promise of “the land” that Israel would possess based on God’s promise to their “fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them” (Deuteronomy 1:8; see also Deuteronomy 6:10f; 9:5).
The promise of life and prosperity in “the land” which “the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Jesus confirmed that in the Kingdom many would come and join Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Matthew 8:11).
Peter, in the second sermon after Pentecost, preached the gospel to Judean Israelites. He spoke to them about “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers” (Acts 3:13). That was their racial roots and spiritual heritage.
The context of the whole Bible reveals God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their physical descendants. Old Testament through New Testament – same God, same people. God does not change!
The God of All?
God identifies Himself as their God and not ever the God of anybody else. He is not the God of the African races or the Asian races or any other race or racial subtype.
Many may protest, “Oh, but that’s not fair. God is the God of all ‘humans.’ He is the God of everybody.” Is that in the Bible? Or, is that based on the persuasion of the equality, tolerance, diversity and inclusion culture?
Biblically speaking, God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This fact is meaningful (or should be) to those who are of their descendants. Not the Jews, but the Covenant Race of biblical Israelites who are known today as those of northwest European descent. Their God is the God of their fathers. All the promises to the fathers are to be inherited by them.
Today, that people have been effectually disconnected from their heritage. But God is still waiting. When they seek after their God, the God of their fathers, they will find Him. And when they do, watch out!
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By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv