(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 1-2 (ESV)
(Angels Assure Jacob of God’s Presence)
1Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 3-6 (ESV)
(Jacob’s 1st Attempt To Appease Esau Draws 401 Men)
3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, 4instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now. 5I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’”
6And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.”
(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 7-12 (ESV)
(Jacob Is Distressed & Divides & Prays for Deliverance)
7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, 8thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.”
9And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”
(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 13-18 (ESV)
(Jacob Provides Presents To Appease Esau)
13So he stayed there that night, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, 14two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15thirty milking camels and their calves, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
16These he handed over to his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me and put a space between drove and drove.” 17He instructed the first, “When Esau my brother meets you and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’ 18then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a present sent to my lord Esau. And moreover, he is behind us.’”
(5) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 19–21 (ESV)
(Jacob Sends Ahead Presents to Appease Esau)
19He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him, 20and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.” 21So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed that night in the camp.
(6) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 22-28 (ESV)
(Jacob Wrestles & Becomes Israel)
22The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children,e and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had.
24And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,f for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
(7) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Genesis 32: 29-32 (ESV)
(Jesus Wrestles With Jacob And Adjusts His Walk)
29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
(8) Message map:
Genesis 32: 1–32
“Jesus Jostles with Jacob, Who Won’t Let Go”
- Jacob’s Double encampment with the Angels Assure Him of God’s Presence and Protection.
- Jacob Is Challenged To Adhere To God’s Plan Despite Esau’s Advance with 400 Men
- Jacob Is Distressed, Strategically Divides His Clan & Prays for Divine Deliverance
- “Jesus Jostles with Jacob, Who Won’t Let Go — as an example of how we are to cling to God!
(9) Gen 31: 38-42 (ESV) Angels Assure Jacob of God’s Presence
This slide is a synopsis of Jacob’s life up to Chapter 32.
The angels met (interceded) with Jacob on half of God at Mahanaim (aka: Mahneh) which means two camps or double encampment.
They assure Jacob he is under the direction of God who has …
- called him despite his being born a heel grasper, who opportunistically conned Esau & then deceived Issac to obtain his brother’s birthright (Gen 25: 21-34 & 28: 16-19). Esau foolishly despised his birthright. We can give up and sell what’s most important for what impresses us now.
- found and Converted him at the Bethel Ladder event/experience (Gen 28: 10-22) where Jacob has a Triple-A conversion experience:
- Jacob was awakened (became suddenly active) to the Spiritual things of God!
- Jacob was afraid (showed a proper reverent fear of God) & rightly so, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom! (Ps. 111:10, Prov 1:7, 1:29, 2:5, 8:13, 9:10, 15:33, 14:27 and 16:6)
- In Gen 28:17 we also saw Jacob also was in awe of God! (meaning he became “cautiously & prudently circumspect about his behavior before God, so he now carefully seeks to avoid evil by attentively examining the probable effects and consequences of his actions!)
- Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
- Prov 1: 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
- God’s Calling Is Without Repentance & He reaches Out To Us Despite Our Motives Are Not Right God’s Message of Jacob’s Ladder Is “He Will Not Leave Us”
- disciplined/discipled Jacob during 20 years of selfless service to Laban (Gen 31: 38-41) . Jacob’s first selfless act is motivated by his love for Rachel, due to which he is willing to work for 14 years. God uses Jacob’s love for Rachael to motivate Jacob to tolerate the discipline God will bring into his life through “Laban the Liar” who is a bigger conniver than Jacob was.
- Go to the LCF website and get the messages on Gen 27 “The Family Fails To Follow What God Foretold; “Gen 28 – Jesus Justifies Jacob”; “Gen 30-31 Jesus Prospers JacobDespite Laban’s Jiving; and “Gen 31-32 Jesus Protects Jacob As He Leaves Laban” to get a complete picture of how God included the story of Jacob in Scripture to demonstrate how He disciples the lives of sinners saved by grace. Keep in mind that Esau represents our pre-salvation human natures that do not care about our eternal birthright, and Jacob represents our post-salvation natures that want the blessings of God, but are too carnal to go about walking with God and doing God’s work, God’s way. Jacob’s story is one of how God brings those of us who are called out ones into alignment with His values, so we do God’s work God’s way.
- God liberates us from being trapped in the “My will for God selfish state that characterizes the behaviors of Christians who are not yet crucified with Christ.
- Over the course of 20 years, we’ve seen God transform Jacob from a selfish grasper to a selfless go-getter, her (Gen 31: 38-41). Today we’ll see God reveal another aspect of the depth of the relationship He wants to have with us as He gives Jacob a new name, symbolizing how He adopts us as His special children, changing our identity and our walk as we go deeper into discipleship with Him.
- secured Jacob’s release from Laban, the divining pagan (Gen 30: 27), whom God prevented from keeping the wives, children & flocks Jacob contractually earned (Gen 31: 24-29).
- told Jacob in Gen 31: 13 to “arise, go out from this land and return to the land of your kindred,” where as far as Jacob knows his brother Esau is anxious to murder Jacob is challenged to take a step of faith and walk into the risk God is directing Him into.
- Jacob’s challenge is the last interactions he had with his family involved him conniving and grasping a birthright for which his brother Esau threatened to murder him. God tells Moses to return from the land where he was wanted for murder. In Acts 9, God sends Ananias to Paul who has just been converted from murdering Christians, but no one knows that, so Ananias must take a risky step of faith to obey God which begins Paul’s Christian discipleship program.
- What risky step of faith is God perhaps requiring of us today? It may be to return and apologize to family whom we have failed in one way or another. It may be to set a new boundary with someone you love. Regardless of the issue, returning home as a Christian with some new direction called has called you to, can be challenging. Let’s encourage each other to make the appropriate steps of faith we all at one time or another need to make in that area.
- Whatever God is directing us to do, Psalm 34: 7 assures us, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” and Heb 1:14 says of angels “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
- Not unlike the Ladder experience of Ge 28:12-16, this angelic encounter is to encourage Jacob of the continued presence and protection of God (Ps 34:7; Heb 1:14).
10) Gen. 32: 3-6
(Yellow) Jacob Is Challenged To Adhere To God’s Plan Despite Esau’s Advance with 400 Men
In Gen. 32: 3-6 Esau’s response to Jacob’s messengers announcing that he has his own 5… oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants is 6is to ride out to meet Jacob with four hundred (400) men.
Reasons Esau does this may include …
- he doesn’t trust Jacob has anything, since he’s lied to obtain Issac’s blessing, maybe he’s lying now.
- he’s going to make sure Jacob is not coming to claim the inheritance of the physical possessions Esau has been taking care of these past 20 years.
- he’s a man of his word and is preparing to kill Jacob.
- Jacob is about to get what he deserves from Esau.
(11) Gen 32: 7-12 Jacob is Distressed, Divides His people & Prays for deliverance
Gen. 32: 7 7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and Distressed. He strategically Divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, 8hoping one may escape Esau.
Jacob’s prayer for Divine Deliverance involves …
- 9Reminding God that He told him to ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ (Gen 28:13-15 & 31: 3)
- humbly 10Recognizing, his unworthiness and God’s steadfast love and faithfulness,
- In Luke 18: 9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayeda thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- fervently and honestly 11Requesting Divine deliverance. Jacob honestly states his fear of Esau.
Gen. 32: 9—12 9And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”
(12) Gen 32: 13-21 Jacob Gives Esau gifts
The gifts Jacob gives Esau in Gen 32: 13-21 …
Jacob’s prayer for Divine deliverance involves …
- show Esau that Jacob has an abundance his own stuff and does not need, nor want anything from Esau.
- demonstrate to Esau that his brother Jacob is humble and willing to pay homage and respectful obeisance with acts of civility that observe customs.
- appease Esau’s anger (Prov. 21:14 Privately given gifts pacify wrath, and payments made secretly appease great anger
- are a manifestation of God’s wisdom given to Jacob
(13) Who Wrestled With Jacob in Gen 32: 24-25?
24It is dark and Jacob is alone when he is assaulted, by a man who wrestles (grapples) with him. It’s easier for us to hear God when we are alone, and perhaps quietly in the dark.
Who at first might Jacob think he’s wrestling with?
- a) Esau, b) Laban, c) an agent of a or b, d) God
At what point does Jacob realize it’s his/our God?
Jacob appears to recognize The Wrestler as The Lord, God Who can bless him only after his hip was put out of joint/disjointed.
(14) How could The Super-Natural Wrestler Not Prevail Against Jacob? (Gen 32: 25)? (Gen 32: 25)
25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Note: the man did not prevail against Jacob because…
Re: what happened to Jacobs hip:
NIV & NLT says it was “wrenched” it out of its socket
ESV “put out of joint”
NAS “the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated”
CJB “hip was dislocated”
KJV “the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint”
(15) Our Relationship with God Requires the intimacy of Wrestling
.26Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Perhaps daybreak is mentioned because Jacob has to get on with the business of meeting Esau.
The Broken Get Blessed to never walk the same again!
Because of the stubbornness of human nature, our relationship with God involves the intimacy of wrestling
Wrestling is personal. It involves sweating and getting up close and personal. It involves invading one’s personal space. Our relationship with God is really founded upon what we do when we are alone. Perhaps this is true in the life of every believer. The more I’ve grown in Christ through Bible study and prayer and as a musician for the Lord, the more I’ve grown comfortable with being alone with God and wrestling out issues with Him.
Jacob has realized “the pearl of great price” (Matt 13:46) and holds on to it no matter the cost and consequences God brings his way.
Jacob is holding on to Him Who is the only one Who forgives sin and can bless us and set us free from self and sin.
He limped forward … less full of his own capacity and resources.
More dependent upon God.
Paul’s encounter with God explained in 2Cor 12, left him with a thorn in the flesh.
Isaiah’s encounter with God explained in Isaiah 6 resulted in him understanding he’s a man of unclean lips.
The Prevailing Limp of The Princes of God
God calls us to submit to Him through the inadequacies of our frail vulnerabilities, so we let go of our Jacob like selves and limp on stronger than ever in Him as princes who prevail to be used by God to fulfill His purposes.
Paul said he was among those whom God sent him in weakness fear and trembling. Are we willing for God to send us where we feel vulnerable and halting awkward and uncertain? It may be like Jacob and Moses whom God sent back to face their pasts. It may be like Peter who was called to preach to those he punked out in front of on the night Christ was betrayed and arrested, when he denied Christ 3x.
(16) Gen 32: 28 Jacob is blessed with a prevailing identity change
27And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
God knew what Jacob’s name was, but God wants us to acknowledge who and what we are, so we give Him permission to change our character. Holding on as Jacob did and saying “bless me” is a saying I need You God, please, work in me and transform me. I know I am stubborn but please no longer let me go my foolish carnal way!
- Commemorates the experience of God working to call sinful people and transform us into submitted
- Signifies God adopts and grafts into Israel all who prevail in grace (Rom 11: 17-36). The Great Commission calls us to make committed disciples and not mere converts, who make a profession, but never moves into obedience. A disciple is one who has undergone special, rigorous discipline by God.
- God gives Jacob a new name, much like an adopted child takes on a new name, which shows its identification with the new parents and family into which he/she has been grafted.
- Gal 6:15 NLT It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
- 2 Cor 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
- Signifies identity Change, as God makes us New Creations in Christ (Gal 6:15 2 Cor 5:17)
Romans 11: 17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
25Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27“and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” 28As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
(17) Jesus’ Name is to be a progressive vision
29Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” Thus we see God answered Jacob’s prayer for deliverance
.Jesus does not reveal His name here, as that progressive revelation will come over time, as we get glimpses of Him as
- the “I AM” of the burning bush Ex 3:14;
- which Jesus echoes in the Gospel when He says before Abraham was born, I Am”. John 8:58
- We get glimpses of Him as the OT Rock that is struck and gives living water. (Num 20 8-11, Psalm 78: 15, 616 & 20)
- Isaiah 9:6-7 foretells Of Him. Isaiah 9:6 6For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His government and its peace
will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
(18) Jacob’s walk is forever changed (Gen 32: 31-32)
Who Wrestled With Jacob?
31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
Jacob will limp for the rest of his life following his wrestling encounter with God. Can you imagine the pain of the wound injury God put on Jacob, who’d never walk the same again?
Hos 12: 4 provides a commentary on this wrestling match
Hos 12:4, 4He strove with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought his favor.
Heb 11:21 – KJV: By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Heb 11:21 – ESV: By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
The Outcomes Of Wrestling with God include …
Name Change = Identity Change, as God makes us New Creations in Christ (Gal 6:15 2 Cor 5:17)
New Walks – We walk differently from our encounters with God.
AW Tozer said “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” This does not mean God is a sadistic power monger going around injuring people for the sake of injuring them. It means that because our nature is so contrary to His, that we resist and fight His conforming us, and we get hurt because we stubbornly fight and resist God’s Will in our lives —- even as we pray, “Oh, God work Your Will in my life.
So a more accurate statement is: “God cannot greatly use a person who will not let God greatly injure their self-willed, prideful and fleshly carnal nature.
The sun rose on Jacob and he limped forward to fulfill his destiny to become a great nation that would be blessed to obtain and preserve the Word of God. Then that nation further will fulfill God’s plan by being the bloodline to The Lord Jesus Christ. Jacob Limped into that which bought for us Everlasting Life!
Let’s pray that God works in us to make us the kind of people who prevail with God limping along in the full realization of Who God is and how frail we are, while also realizing “when I am aware of my weakness, then I truly am leaning on the staff of reliance upon His strength.
When I am weak I am strong!
(14) Let’s Pray that God Make Us Faithful Followers!
Let’s Pray: God work in us to make us the kind of people with whom You can wrestle, so we won’t let go and neglect so great a salvation