Jacob Wrestles With God
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Lesson objective: Surrendering To God's Will
Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32
Have you ever watched a wrestling match? Wrestling is the world’s oldest and a very popular sport.
You might be surprised to know that there is even a wrestling match mentioned in the Bible. In fact, that is what our lesson is about today.
Jacob and his two wives, his servants, and his eleven sons were traveling to meet Esau. That night, they came to a river. Jacob got them all across to the other side, but he stayed behind by himself. The Bible tells us that all night a man wrestled with Jacob. As they were wrestling, the man touched Jacob's hip and it was twisted as he wrestled with him. When the dawn came, the man saw the he would not win the match, so he said to Jacob, "Let me go for the dawn is breaking."
But Jacob answered, "I will not let you go until you bless me."
"What is your name?" the man asked. "Jacob," he replied.
"Your name will no longer be Jacob,: the man told him. "From now on you will be called Israel, because you have wrestled with God and won."
"And what is your name?" Jacob asked the man?
"Why do you want to know my name?" the man asked. Then he blessed Jacob.
Jacob named that place Peniel, which means "Face of God" because he had seen God face to face, but his life had been spared. After the sun rose, Jacob went on his way, but he was limping because of his hip.
Sometimes we do get into a wrestling match with our Heavenly Father. We want to do things our way, but He wants us to "give up" and let Him be in control of our life. The things that God wants for us are much better than the things we want for ourselves.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
எரேமியா : 29 : 11 -
நீங்கள் எதிர்பார்த்திருக்கும் முடிவை உங்களுக்கு கொடுக்கும்படிக்கு நான் உங்கள்பேரில் நினைத்திருக்கிற நினைவுகளை அறிவேன் என்று கர்த்தர் சொல்லுகிறார்; அவைகள் தீமைக்கல்ல, சமாதானத்துக்கேதுவான நினைவுகளே.