Wrestling with God- F260- Week 4- Day 3

Today’s Scripture Reading- Genesis 31-32

This weeks Memory Verse:

(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

Highlight:

(28)  And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

Genesis 32:28

Explanation:
Here we read the description of Jacob’s wrestling with God. There is some mystery to the scene. God is represented as a theophany. They wrestle during the night until the morning. We see this as a changing point for Jacob that effects the rest of his life:

  1. His walk is changed. God touches the hollow of his thigh and Jacob thus walks with a limp the rest of his life.
  2. His name is changed. His name had been Jacob (“deceiver”) and now his name is “Israel” (wrestles with God). This was a pertinent name change for Jacob. His life was certainly one of struggle. He had struggles with Esau, with Laban, with his wives, and in this particular name-changing scene, he struggled with God.

The dialogue in this struggle included Jacob’s request that God bless him. It’s interesting that Jacob/Israel desired and even for Isaac’s blessing, and here he struggles for God’s blessing. God certainly had alrady blessed Jacob and God honored his request here in verse 29.

Israel named the place “face of God”. It was here he had an experience with God and was inevitably changed by it.

Application:
We can be changed by an experience with God. We can struggle and eventually submit as well. When we do have an experience with Him it can have the power to change our identity and our walk. Truly He is the source of our blessing and not our own hand.

Response:
Thank you, God, for blessing me. Help me to seek you first and foremost.

Behold, it was Leah!- F260- Week 4- Day 2

Today’s Scripture Reading- Genesis 29-30:24

This weeks Memory Verse:

(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

Highlight:

(25)  And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
(26)  And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
(27)  Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
(28)  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
(29)  And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

Genesis 29:25-29

Explanation:
After working for His uncle, Laban, for seven years to get permission to marry Rachel, Jacob is deceived in a pretty remarkable kind of way. He woke up in the morning, and “behold, it was Leah”! Jacob, the supplanter, the deceiver, had been deceived. He was swindled and it cost him seven more years, and more heartache and difficulty.

Application:
A simple application to this story can be made by quoting Galatians 6:7.

(7)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:7

We will reap what we sow. It isn’t always immediate, but it is a principle found in God’s Word. If we want people to be true with us, we should be true with them.

Response:
Lord, please help me to sow good seed, and speak truth with my neighbor.

To tell lies we often first believe lies. – F260- Week 4- Day 1

Today’s Scripture Reading– Genesis 27-28

This weeks Memory Verse:

(18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:18

Highlight:

(24)  And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

Genesis 27:24

Explanation:
Jacob here does something pretty deceitful. He lies to his dad in multiple ways starting with His identity. He does this because he wants to receive both the birthright and the blessing from his father, Isaac. Interestingly, there are major problems in the family. Isaac’s favorite is Esau, and Rachel’s favorite is Jacob. She is caniving and deceitful, and passes this along to her son. He lies about his identity to his father. As a result of this deceit, and Esau’s anger and rage, Jacob has to leave. The consequences are pretty great. He doesn’t see his mother ever again. His relationship with his entire family is broken. He wants the blessing and birthright, and thinks that scheming is the best way to get it. The consequences are dire.

Application:
We lie because we think it will be easier, but God’s will is never accomplished through lying. Here are four truths we must believe if we are to live a life of integrity.

  1. God will fulfill His promises.
  2. God is the true soruce of blessing.
  3. God wants us to put others ahead of ourselves.
  4. God knows our thoughts and actions.

Response:
God help me to speak and live in truth. Help me to be grateful for you blessings, and worship you as the source of all of them. Amen!