Getting Through Challenges
This is part 1 of the four part series, Stranger Encounters: Examining Puzzling Aspects of Scripture .
Key Scripture Genesis 32:24-32.
- Have you ever read a passage in the Bible and thought, "What on earth?"
- For four weeks, this series will look at some of the more bizarre stories in the Bible.
Who is Jacob?
- He wasn't the nicest person in the Bible.
- He manipulated his brother into giving him his birthright.
- He also tricked his father into blessing him instead of his brother, Esau.
- After he was married, Jacob also deceived his father-in-law, Laban as well.
- At the point of Genesis 32, Jacob learned that his brother, Esau, is headed to meet him.
- Jacob divides his family and good into two parts, so that if Esau gets one group, not everything of Jacob's is lost.
- In the story we read, Jacob wrestles with God.
Note: There are three things that happen to Jacob when he wrestled with God.
God breaks Jacob.
- Jacob is wrestling with God and refuses to let go.
- Jacob is at the breaking point of his life.
- When you are at your breaking point, God will be there.
Jacob confesses his identity.
- The man Jacob wrestled with asked him what his name was.
- When you are truly broken, when you feel as though you can be brought no lower; it is in that moment that you might as well be honest.
Jacob is given a new name.
- From that moment on, Jacob was no more.
- His new name was Israel.
- His life would forever be different after that point.
- When he was in what appeared to be the hardest challenge of his life, he clung to God.
- No matter what you are facing, always cling to God.