Message: “Wrestling With God”
Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:22-32
Memory Verse: Proverbs 22:1-2
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all
What Does the Text Say?
When we are first introduced to Jacob is at his birth, the second born of twins, grasping at his brother Esau’s heel [Jacob means deceiver]. Next, Jacob gets his brothers birthright by taking advantage of him when he is starving and then conspires with his mother to steal his brothers blessing .When Esau becomes angry and threatens to kill his brother Jacob, he is sent away to his uncle Laban to find a wife. Through a series of deceptions from Laban and various blessings from God, Jacob grows up and realizes he must make amends with his brother Esau, on his journey he has the encounter with the angel. When ask what his name is, Jacob demonstrates his growth by telling the angel his name is Jacob
1. Jacob is on his way to meet Esau, one night while he was alone he encounter a man [an angel] and wrestles with him
2. the contest continues all night and as day break, the angel tells Jacob to let him go, but Jacob refuses unless the angel blesses him
3. The angel touches Jacob’s thigh and it becomes out of joint, but Jacob will still not let go
4. The angel ask, what is your name, and he replies, Jacob
5. The angel gives Jacob a new name, Israel and departs
How Does This Help Me Today?
Jacob tried scheming against his brother to get ahead in life, even his mother aided in his schemes. But he could not find the inner peace and contentment he sought and in the end, he himself becomes deceived.
Our life as a believer belongs to the Lord and He has this incredible plan for us, but we must seek Him and His direction. Perhaps Jacob could have avoided some of the pain by seeking God first, perhaps we can learn from Jacob about life choices and seek God first rather than only when the storm come
[THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL]
Leah [Bilhah] Rachel [Zilpah]
1 Rueben 5 Dan 11 Joseph 7 Gad
2 Simeon 6 Naphtali 12 Benjamin 8 Asher
3 Levi *
*The tribe of Levi became priest and did not inherit any land in the
**The sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh were added
Additional Bible Verses to Review
1 Thessalonians 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 2:15
For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.