Jacob worked his whole life for blessings that had their foundations on sinking sand. What Jacob really needed was a blessing that had its foundation on something solid. He needed forgiveness and a new identity and that’s exactly what the God-Man gave him by grace. We, like Jacob, try and accrue blessings in this life but their foundations are on sinking sand. They could be taken from us at any moment. We need a blessing that has a solid foundation, and that blessing is found in Jesus. Jesus forgives us of our sin by his cross and then gives us a new identity as a saint, beloved one of God. Are you seeking blessings that have their foundations on sinking sand or have you received (by grace through faith) the solid blessing of forgiveness and a new identity in Jesus?
Genesis 32:22-32 22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the people of Israel do not eat the sinew of the thigh that is on the hip socket, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip on the sinew of the thigh.
1. Was there anything from the sermon or the big idea that stood out to you or challenged you? Was there anything new? Was there anything confusing?
2. What stands out to you in Genesis 32 and why?
3. Jacob spent much of his life trying to get worldly blessings rather than the true blessing—forgiveness and a new identity founded in God himself. In our consumeristic culture it comes naturally to approach God looking for what we can get from Him rather than seeking more of Him in Jesus. Can you see this in your own life, and would you be willing to share how God has been at work in you to help you value Jesus more than worldly blessings?
4. Spend some time praying for one another, praying for the lost, praying for your city, and praying for God to provide for the future church plant in Checotah.
When you see Jesus becoming weak for you—when you trust Him for your forgiveness and your identity—you will be changed. You will have the solid blessing you need. And may your heart begin to sing: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
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