WED. JULY 13 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 32 – PASTOR JOHN HOST

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Genesis 32

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

[a]Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.[b]

Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Labanand have remained there till now. I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord,that I may find favor in your eyes.’”

When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”

In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups,[c] and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group,[d] the group[e] that is left may escape.”

Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac,Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulnessyou have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a giftfor his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”

17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’”

19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[f]because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[g] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[h] and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Devotional

Genesis 32
This morning Pastor John gave us six points to look at.
1) God‘s loving kindness and faithfulness.
We’ve been talking about how God was intentional with Jacob, constantly guiding and protecting him even when Jacob failed to trust God. God loves us each uniquely. His love for us is affectionate, tender, passionate, unconditional and sacrificial. The Holy Spirit throws the switch and makes that love real for each of us. He personalizes each and every relationship because he knows just what we need. Which brings us to….
2) Honesty and prayer.
Humbling ourselves and falling at the feet of Jesus. When Jacob’s messengers came back and told him his brother had 400 men coming with him to greet him his first reaction was fear. Oh crap I’m done. He split his group into two because he forgot that God had a special camp already there to protect him. He was using his own wisdom to prepare for that encounter not Gods. God already went before him but that lack of trust crept in. Finally Jacob did the right thing and prayed. He was bold .. look at verse 9-12 “Lord you told me to return to my country and my family. You said that you would treat me well.…” so basically do it God you promised me now do it!
3) Wrestling with God.
We all do it. That night Jacob crossed the river taking his wives, their slave girls and 11 sons so he could be alone. The man wrestled with him all night, not backing down. You see God never gets tired, he could fight forever trying to get through to us. We finally have to give in and and allow God to work through us.
4) Persistence.
 versus 25-26 sometimes we have to be broken first before God can put us back together. We have to come to the end of our rope and say OK God here I am. I am in it for the long run. Please Father… Work in me and through me.
5) A new name.
When that happens we become a new person in Christ. Jacob was renamed Israel – meaning royalty. “You have wrestled with God and people and you’ve won.” Giving God control.. it’s a win win.
6) Walking with a limp.
Spiritually and physically. As we go through life Gods ultimate objective is that Christ shines through us… Unhindered. God has to clear all of those things that prohibit Him from shining through. We’ve talked about the greatest compliment we can receive is when a person says, “I can see Christ in you.” Through all the trials, pain, heartaches, problems that come our way His power is perfected in our weaknesses. We HAVE to tap in to Gods strength. Yes we might come out limping on the other side, but the lesson was learned right?
So… are you going to tap into Gods strength today?
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When I read this last night reconciliation and forgiveness stood out to me. Jacobs wish was to reconcile with Esau and his family. First by humbling himself and sending a message to his brother beginning with ‘your servant Jacob’. Let’s face it that relationship was strained from the very beginning and when he heard that his brother was coming with literally an army of people he was nervous. He had a right to be because his mother never sent for him. Remember back in chapter 27:45 she said when the coast was clear she was going to send for him? Well that never happened.
The Lord tells us in Scripture we have to forgive people who have committed offenses against us. Yet reconciliation and forgiving are two separate things. Forgiveness doesn’t always lead to reconciliation and that’s OK.
As Christians we are not supposed to hold grudges. When you hold grudges you get stuck in the trap of resentment and bitterness. By focusing on how we have been forgiven by God through Christ we can be able to forgive those who have wronged us. Even forgiving the unforgivable. Forgiveness starts with us and focuses on God. We do not deserve forgiveness nor can we earn it. We have to get that before we can freely forgive others. Forgiveness doesn’t require anything from the other person yet we can still forgive them, freeing us from that bondage that unforgiveness chains us to.
Reconciliation is different. It’s an act of restoring that relationship. Reconciliation requires action on the part of the other person. Reconciliation requires repentance, the rebuilding of trust and ultimately God’s grace to accept it. God can fix broken things and can heal the deepest wounds. In an article I read Eric Reed said, “We can do the hard work of forgiving people who have hurt us leaving the possibility of reconciliation up to their actions and God‘s power to heal our hearts.”
Amen.
So do you need to forgive?
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