Posts Tagged 'Jacob'

Gems from Genesis: God Is Willing To Wrestle

Gems from Genesis: God Is Willing To Wrestle Sermon Audio Here

Genesis 32:22-31

The story is told of a scrawny kid in a small school with no wrestling program. He asked a football coach to enter him into regional matches, and the kid won every match because he wouldn’t let go. At the end of the season, this kid gets to state, and faces the two-time state champ. He’s about to get pinned; the coach can’t look. Next thing you know, the kid won! Coach asked how: kids says “that guy had me twisted like a pretzel, and I never give up. I saw a big toe, and bit into it with all my strength. Coach, it’s amazing what you can do when you BITE YOUR OWN TOE!”
Some reactions are surprising!

When God Shows Up…

Respond To The Struggle ~ Genesis 32:22-31

  • 27 Jacob says his name, grasper/deceiver; DON’T HIDE TRUTH
  • The Lord didn’t ask the question in order to get information, because He certainly knew Jacob’s name and that Jacob had the reputation of being a schemer and a deceiver. “What is your name?” meant, “Are you going to continue living up to your name, deceiving yourself and others; or will you admit what you are and let Me change you?” In the Bible, receiving a new name signifies making a new beginning. {Warren W. Wiersbe – Be Authentic (Genesis 25-20)}

Submit to God’s Changing You

  • 28 God changes our name; LIVE IN THE NEW YOU
  • One result of this meeting with God is that Jacob’s name is changed to Israel, which in the explanation given is connected with a Hebrew verb meaning “to contend with, strive.” As with Abraham in chapter 17, a new name indicates a new destiny. {Baker Commentary}
  • This applies to YOU as well: Isaiah 62 promises that God’s people will get a new name, and Revelation 2 confirms it: God knows your old name, but loves you enough to change it (and you)

Admit Who God Is To You

1 Peter 2:9 says:
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Gems from Genesis: God Watches Our Choices

Gems from Genesis: God Watches Our Choices Sermon Audio Here

Gen.29:15-28; Rom.8:26-28

Jami and I went on a mini-vacation the beginning of this week. We visited family, and on our last day, we thought it would be nice to have barbecue for dinner. We did our research, found the barbecue place with good reviews, drove to that town… and could not find the restaurant. After searching on our own for a while, we went to a neighboring business and asked, only to discover: the business was hidden BEHIND another business… but it didn’t matter because it was closed that day anyway!

Hold Your Plans Loosely, Because

Our Plans Don’t Always Pan Out ~
Genesis 29:21-28

  • SETUP 15/18 Jacob (trickster) wants to marry Rachel  19/20 no tricks: works for 7 years
  • 21 time’s up: let’s get married!
  • 22/24 Father-in-law tricks the trickster!
  • 25 Jacob is indignant!
  • 26/28 Jacob gets Rachel a week later (for another 7 years of work)

Our Ignorance Doesn’t Block God’s Influence ~
Romans 8:26-28

  • 26 “We do not know what we ought” – We can’t know the complete end game
  • 27 Spirit in us is working WITH God’s plan
  • 28 God isn’t surprised by our choices: He KNOWS what’s going on

Rest of Jacob’s marriage story: he ends up the father of 12 boys: the 12 tribes of Israel, INCLUDING the line through which Jesus is born!

God Calls Us; that means God is prepared to bring about His purpose for our lives… even when we don’t know it yet! Therefore: RELAX: God’s got this!

Gems from Genesis: God Speaks to Our Hearts

Gems from Genesis: God Speaks to Our Hearts Sermon Audio Here

Genesis 28:10-19

When we’re children, we get excited during Christmas or birthdays because we can receive gifts. But as we grow older, we learn that sometimes it’s more fun to GIVE a gift than to receive one. Imagine how excited God must be to give us the gifts He has in store for us!

How Does God Show Us He Loves Us?

God Has Plans For Us ~ Genesis 28:10-15

  • 10/14 reminder: this is a specific story FOR JACOB; we’re not him. These are specific promises that God gives to Jacob
  • 15 This specific reminder to Jacob can ALSO be a reminder of God’s character for us. God is with Jacob; God is with US.

God’s Plans Change Us ~ Genesis 28:16-19

  • 16 “I was not aware” we don’t always see when God is at work… but He’s working in us!
  • 17 afraid=not scared, but WHOA, this is AWESOME
  • 18/19 Jacob sets apart this rock as a reminder that HE has been set apart by God

God Brings Us Into His Family ~ Romans 8:14-16

God chooses US, just like He chose Jacob. He calls us His own, and we get to be a part of God’s family. We belong to God, and there’s nothing we can do to break God’s promise to us.


Pastor Ed Backell

Flickr Photos

Pastoral Tweets

  • Faith IS a shield (Ps.91:4, Eph.6:16) but just HAVING the shield doesn’t protect you. USE it: you're protected in ways you can’t comprehend! 4 days ago
  • Faith Isn't An Infallible Shield; Being Saved Isn't Just About Eternity (Romans 10:5-15 ) 4 days ago
  • Faith Isn't An Infallible Shield; Belief Doesn't Always Lead To Prosperity (Genesis 37:18-24) 4 days ago
  • Faith Isn't An Infallible Shield; Righteousness Doesn't Automatically Protect Us (Genesis 37:1-17) 4 days ago
  • Gems from Genesis: God Is Aware of Our Situation pastoredb.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/gem… 4 days ago

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 771 other followers


%d bloggers like this: