In Episode 117, we go deeper into the topic of Jacob wrestling with God, the story behind it and what it means and why most people give it a different meaning. If you know Jacob's story, you know that his life was full of hardships. God told Jacob that he would be the father of a great nation and a whole group of nations, but Jacob was a very worried man.
Jacob's story teaches us that life is never easy. This is true when we battle with God and His will. As Christians, we learn that despite our difficulties and tribulations, God is always with us. In the end, Jacob does what all of us must do. He confronts all the things that are hurting him, including his failures, shortcomings, sins, and more... and faces God.
Let's find out and go bigger, better, and deeper in God's word!
Intro – [00:00]
A Different Take on Jacob Wrestling with God – [02:12]
Jacob's Judgment Day – [03:27]
Jacob's Approach in Retributive Justice #1: Pray to God – [05:28]
Jacob's Approach in Retributive Justice #2: Legalism – [06:54]
Jacob's Three Bribes and Ways For Esau's Forgiveness – [08:12]
Jacob's Lowest Point – [10:11]
Legalism Tentacle #1: We are Unequal Footing with God – [12:01]
Legalism Tentacle #2: We Must Strain Ourselves to Gain Anything From God – [13:17]
Legalism Tentacle #3: God is Against Us – [15:03]
Legalism Tentacle #4: If We Become Moral Winners, God will Owe Us – [16:06]
Jacob Wrestles with God – [17:05]
Jacob Asked for God's Blessing – [19:32]
Jacob Meets Esau – [24:09]
Final Thoughts/Outro – [27:02]
– Genesis 32:24-28
– Genesis 32:9-10
– Genesis 32:13
– Genesis 32:17
– Genesis 32:25
– Genesis 32:24
– Genesis 32:26
– Genesis 33:1
– Genesis 33:3
– Genesis 33:4
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