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The night before Jacob is to meet his brother, Esau, and deal with his past sins, Jacob encounters an angel of God and wrestles with him all night. As a result of this event Jacob's name is changed to Israel. Both the circumstances surrounding this event and its consequences reveal to us the character of God's people, Israel, and the character of the Christian faith and life. It is all about a fight fueled by God's blessing for God's blessing.
Before Jacob could go and reconcile with his brother, Esau, Jacob needed to go and reconcile with God. In this message, Rev. Brad Shmidt shows how wrestling with God is a beautiful picture of how we relate to God in life. We find a God who never lets his people go.
Today we’re going to wrestle with a reality that is near and dear to my heart, “The Wrestling Match” is what I call it. My friend Dave and I often ask each other how things are going, our response to this inquiry is most often, “I’m wrestling.” This is a great way to describe life. Think about it for a moment…we wrestle internally, we wrestle with other people or circumstances, and we wrestle with God.
Jacob started out in life manipulating and deceiving to get his own way. On his way back to his homeland, God had an important appointment for Jacob; he had to meet his brother Esau whose last words threatened his very life. Now Esau was coming and 400 men with him. Jacob got serious about this matter of prayer that night as he wrestled with the Lord. He prayed the price and left us with a valuable example regarding how to get answers from God in prayer.
Jacob wrestles with God and is brought to the end of himself. He calls upon God to bless him.
Jacob is met by the angels of God at Mahanaim and prepares to meet Esau. He divides his flocks and family and prepares a gift for Esau.
Jacob meets his match as he wrestles with God, he comes to term with the truth that the only way to win against God is to surrender.