The God Who Holds Back

Genesis 32:22-31 GNV

22   That same night Jacob got up, took his two wives, his two concubines, and his eleven children, and crossed the Jabbok River.

23   After he had sent them across, he also sent across all that he owned,

24   but he stayed behind, alone. Then a man came and wrestled with him until just before daybreak.

25   When the man saw that he was not winning the struggle, he hit Jacob on the hip, and it was thrown out of joint.

26   The man said, “Let me go; daylight is coming.” “I won’t, unless you bless me,” Jacob answered.

27   “What is your name?” the man asked. “Jacob,” he answered.

28   The man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have struggled with God and with men, and you have won; so your name will be Israel.” 

29   Jacob said, “Now tell me your name.” But he answered, “Why do you want to know my name?” Then he blessed Jacob.

30   Jacob said, “I have seen God face-to-face, and I am still alive”; so he named the place Peniel.

31   The sun rose as Jacob was leaving Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.

32   Even today the descendants of Israel do not eat the muscle which is on the hip joint, because it was on this muscle that Jacob was hit.

Matthew 26:53 GNV – Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?

(v. 24)

Self esteem comes from what we think people who are important to us think of us.

Procrastination is not eliminating a debt.

Jacob is a:

  1. Defended man

Genesis 32:1 GNV – As Jacob went on his way, some angels met him.

Mahanaim means two camps.

  1. Distressed man

Genesis 32:3-12 GNV3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them to say: “I, Jacob, your obedient servant, report to my master Esau that I have been staying with Laban and that I have delayed my return until now. 5 I own cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and slaves. I am sending you word, sir, in the hope of gaining your favor.” 6 When the messengers came back to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you. He has four hundred men with him.” 7 Jacob was frightened and worried. He divided into two groups the people who were with him, and also his sheep, goats, cattle, and camels. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks the first group, the other may be able to escape.” 9 Then Jacob prayed, “God of my grandfather Abraham and God of my father Isaac, hear me! You told me, Lord, to go back to my land and to my relatives, and you would make everything go well for me. 10 I am not worth all the kindness and faithfulness that you have shown me, your servant. I crossed the Jordan with nothing but a walking stick, and now I have come back with these two groups. 11 Save me, I pray, from my brother Esau. I am afraid—afraid that he is coming to attack us and destroy us all, even the women and children. 12 Remember that you promised to make everything go well for me and to give me more descendants than anyone could count, as many as the grains of sand along the seashore.”[

  1. Desperate man

(v. 22, 25)

Exodus 33:20 GNV – I will not let you see my face, because no one can see me and stay alive,

Isaiah 6:1-3 GNV1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole Temple. 2 Around him flaming creatures were standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature covered its face with two wings, and its body with two, and used the other two for flying. 3 They were calling out to each other: “Holy, holy, holy! The Lord Almighty is holy! His glory fills the world.”

(v. 26)

  1. Different man

(vs. 26-28)

  • Dependent man

Matthew 26:53 GNV – Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?

Isaiah 37:36 GNV – An angel of the Lord went to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 soldiers. At dawn the next day there they lay, all dead!

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