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Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary Vision, Foreboding and Wrestling (32:1–32)

The sequence of chapters 32, 33, culminating in 35:1–15, acts out powerfully the principles of Matthew 5:23–25a.

From Jacob to Israel
Illus: Pilgrim’s Progress—Christian. Salvation moment. Then an Aha moment. Process of Sanctification. Jacob has been exiled and has been living a life dependent on scheming and deceit. But the Lord has appeared to him and made it clear that it was not Jaco’s schemes but God’s providence and mercy; His Blessings that have been with Jacob.
Illustration: compartmentalize our lives. What happens though is our spiritual compartment always becomes the smallest and most neglected part.
That’s why so many people are looking for miracles instead of realizing the power of Christ that is within us.
“We are constantly looking for people and things other than God and his glory to satisfy us, to give us what we want. To give us what we think we need. We are looking for signs and consequently missing the truth that we already have what the signs have been pointing to all along.”
We think, if I just try hard enough, if I do well enough, if I just accomplish this or achieve that, then I will finally be satisfied. And it never works.
Life and godliness come though knowing Jesus.
A part from God’s power, there is no Christian life.
When we feel lacking in our life we need to realize it’s not because we haven’t tapped into our inner power. In fact we feel that way because we are trying to do something that we cannot do.
The key to living an empowered life is acknowledging that we don’t have what it takes.
Your time in the Bible is the primary means by which the Holy Spirit empowers you to live a holy life.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all have similarities to their stories.
Exiled, Oppression, Deceit, Barreness, but also Blessed and Highly Favored.
Abram to Abraham
Genesis 17:5 CSB
Your name will no longer be Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations.
Genesis 17:

1. Jacob moves from fear to faith. 1-12

VV1-12
Angels
The Promise Land is Edenic in nature.
Psalm 91:9–11 CSB
Because you have made the Lord—my refuge, the Most High—your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. For he will give his angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:
Prayer and the sovereignty of God.
Prayer is our way to participate in the divine life.

2. Jacob moves from deceiver to blesser. 13-21

VV22-32
Reconciliation

3. Jacob moves from struggle to triumph. 22-32

3. Jacob moves from struggle to triumph. 22-32
Isaiah 64:6 CSB
All of us have become like something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment; all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.
2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 12:9–10 CSB
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
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