Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob


By Bishop Mettaous



􀂙 [Pray to the Lord on our behalf, our masters and fathers the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]


Abraham: a Hebrew name which means a father to a

multitude of nations (Gen. 17:5).

Abraham is the great father of fathers, the example of

complete obedience, called the friend of God. He was

born in Or, his father was Tareh, this country used to

worship idols, so the Lord ordered him “Now the LORD

had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your

family and from your father's house, to a land that Iwill show you. I will make you a great nation; I will

bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a

blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will

curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of

the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:1-3). Abraham

was 75 years old when he obeyed the Lord and went out

of his country. He obeyed the Lord all his life, especially

when he was ordered to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.

He died at the age of 175.

Isaac: a Hebrew name means ‘laughter’. He is one of

the three great Patriarchs, he is the son of Promise. He

also obeyed his father Abraham when he was tied up and

put on the altar as a sacrifice, symbolising Jesus Christ

Who obeyed His Father till the cross.

He died at the age of 180.

Jacob: a Hebrew name which means ‘catching the heel’.

He is the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, he suffered lots

of troubles and temptations. He lived for 17 years in

Egypt when his beloved son Joseph was the Prime

Minister there, he died at the age of 174.

The church celebrates their commemoration on 28 Misra.

􀂙 [Pray to the Lord on our behalf, O perfect man,

the righteous and the just Enoch, that He may

forgive us our sins] Enoch: a Hebrew name, which means ‘consecrated’ or

‘experienced’. The church gives three titles to this great

man: perfect, righteous, pious.

He is Enoch about whom the Holy Bible wrote: “And

Enoch walked with God; and he was not found, for God

took him.” (Gen. 5:24). God took him, meaning he was

taken alive, and he will come back with Elijah, fight the

false Christ and then die.

He lived for 356 years before God took him.

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