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.