Sunday Study: GOD OF JACOB, GOD OF ISRAEL

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“The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46:7

The first time we see God entering Jacob’s life was that memorable night at Bethel.

A fugitive from his father’s house, fleeing from his brother’s wrath, with probably no thought of God in his mind at all, “When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.” (Genesis 28:11)

The Bible identifies Him as “the God of Israel” 203 times, “the God of Jacob” 28 times, “the God of Abraham” 17 times, and “the God of Isaac” 13 times. Never is He called “the God of” any other ethnic group. These designations are foundational to everything the Bible teaches, including the very character of God.

To profess to believe in God and at the same time to hold a prejudice against God’s chosen people, the Jews, or against Israel, casts doubt upon whether one really knows the true God.

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