Sunday, July 24, 2016

Jacob, Jabbok and Wrestlemania Part 2

Genesis 32:22-32
Today we continue our study on Jacob and how God reclaimed his life to fulfill His intended purpose and plan.
What transpired along the stream of Jabbok?

I. A Man Sought Solitude - v.22-24

II. A Man Wrestled with God and Himself - v.24-25a

III. A Man was Reclaimed by God - v.25b-32

A. He was a Broken man v.25b-27

When we are physically dominated it doesn’t mean we are spiritually defeated.
·    He Was Clinging
If we insist on fighting the Lord, He will eventually bring us to the place where all the fight is gone.
·    He Was Confessing - He is forced to admit who he was.
Like Paul, Jacob became strong only when he became weak. 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
The greatest blessings only come after a struggle.
The word that best describes this condition of unbrokenness is pride. The word that best describes brokenness is humility.
Brokenness is a sign of God's love and activity in your life.

B. He was a Blessed Man v.28-30

In the Bible, receiving a new name signifies making a new beginning
Jacob was no longer the "Deceiver", but Israel a "Prince with God."
The greatest blessings only come after a struggle.

C. He was a Branded Man v.31-32

When a man is walking with the Lord, he will almost always be out of step with the world!  2 Corinthians 5:17

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