JACOB AND PRAYER
Gen 32:1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
Gen 32:2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
Gen 32:3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
Gen 32:4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:
Gen 32:5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.
Gen 32:6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
Gen 32:7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;
Gen 32:8 And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
Gen 32:9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:
Gen 32:10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
Gen 32:11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
Gen 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Genesis 32: 21-32
Gen 32:21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
Gen 32:22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
Gen 32:23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Gen 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
Gen 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Gen 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
Gen 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Gen 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Gen 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Gen 32:31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
Gen 32:32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.
LETS FIND OUT HOW JACOB GOT INTO THIS MESS
GOD HAD BLESSED JACOB’S GREAT GRANDFATHER ABRAM
GENESIS 12: 1-3
(Gen 12:1) Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:
(Gen 12:2) And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;and thou shalt be a blessing:
(Gen 12:3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseththee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed
GOD LATER ASSURES ISAAC, Jacob’s dad, THAT THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT HAS BEEN PASSED TO HIM
Genesis 26:2-4 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
ISAAC HAS NOW WAXED [GROWN] OLD AND HE WANTS TO PASS THE COVENANT BLESSING TO HIS FIRST BORN SON ESAU
- ESAU WAS A SELF MADE MOUNTAIN MAN
- HE WAS AS DETERMINED AS ROCKY MARCIANO
- ESAU’S CHARACTER WAS THAT OF MIKE TYSON
JACOB WAS A MOMMA’S BOY
- MOMMA BOYS HAVE TO CONNIVE
THEY USE DECEIT
THEY HAVE TO MANIPULATE AND BE READY TO POUNCE IF THEY GET THE CHANCE
I’M SURE THAT ISAAC LOVED BOTH HIS BOYS
BUT ESAU WAS HIS FAVORITE
GOD COULD NEVER USE A MAMMA’S BOY LIKE JACOB
OR PERHAPS YOU?
- We see someone with lots of talent and we think, if only they would get saved they would really further the cause of Christ. Maybe they would but probably not because:
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
- Smart or dumb, courageous or not, rich or poor et al. Makes no difference the prerequisite for being graduated by God for His greater use is a willing spirit.
Child of God, IS YOUR SPIRIT WILLING?
- ISAAC WAXED OLD AND HE WANTED TO BLESS ESAU
- JACOB DECEIVES HIS DAD, AND GETS ESAU’S BLESSING
- ESAU HATES JACOB AND VOWS TO MURDER HIM
- JACOB RUNS AWAY: This isn’t always a cowardly act.
- GOD RECONFIRMS THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT WITH JACOB
And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
JACOB GETS RIGHT WITH GOD
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
JACOB CONTINUES ON TO HARAN where he will get married twice.
I THINK AT THIS TIME JACOB FEELS GREAT. MAYBE LIKE SOME OF YOU TODAY. Life is good.
- GOD BLESSES JACOB WITH WIVES BABIES AND LIVESTOCK
THEN AFTER 20 YEARS GOD TELLS JACOB TO RETURN HOME
- JACOB FLEES: meaning he doesn’t trust Laban so he doesn’t hang around to say his goodbyes
LABON IS ANGRY AND HE GOES AFTER JACOB
THINGS AREN’T SO GREAT FOR JACOB ANYMORE
GOD INTERCEDES FOR JACOB AGAINST LABON
JACOB IS NO LONGER DELUDED ABOUT HIS MANHOOD
HE IS SCARED
HE COULDN’T STAND UP AGAINST LABON
HOW IS HE TO STAND UP AGAINST HIS BROTHER THE HUGE HAIRY MOUNTAIN MAN, ESAU
JACOB CAN’T GO BACK
ESAU IS COMING WITH 400 MEN
HE CAN’T STAY WHERE HE IS
WHAT CAN HE DO? – PRAY – HE CAN PRAY
Luk 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
- AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN JACOB GOES DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. Ge 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. Ge 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Ge 32:27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. Ge 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Ge 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
Ge 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
JACOB HAS BEEN PRAYING AND CONFESSING HIS SINS HE KNOWS HE IS A RASCAL
When you are ready to loose everything including your life you get down to some serious praying
BUT WHY WAIT UNTIL THEN?
THIS IS MY TAKE ON WHAT HAPPENED CONCERNING JACOB WRESTLING WITH THE LORD
JACOB’S EYES ARE RED FROM WEEPING
JACOB LIFTS HIS HEAD UP AFTER HOURS OF WRESTLING IN PRAYER
AND HE SEES A MAN STANDING CLOSE BY
JACOBS KNOWS WHO HE IS AND HE FALLS AT HIS FEET AND WRAPS HIS ARMS AROUND HIS LEGS.
JESUS SAYS, “LET GO”
JACOB SAYS “NO NOT UNTIL YOU ANSWER MY PRAYER”
JESUS SAYS, “I COULD KILL TEN THOUSAND MEN, NOW LET ME GO.”
JACOB SAYS, NO NOT UNTIL YOU BLESS ME.
- JACOB WAS SCARED FOR HIS FAMILY
1] The devil is after your family.
THIS YEAR 80% OF THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEVING HOUSEHOLD ARE OUT OF CHURCH AND IN THE WORLD
- material things like cars, trips, 401 feeling of confidence
- JACOB WAS SCARED FOR HIS NATION
1] LIBERAL THEOLOGIANS want to destroy the old landmarks.They have trashed the KJ Bible and it seems there are not many to stand by it and fight for the faith it delivers. NOT SAD – PATHETIC! Shame on any Christian preachers who have let themselves be hoodwinked by this Laodican church age.
Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless
2] The Devil wants to destroy what our churches stand for
A} The KJ Bible
A} final authority
B} Situation Ethics
B} MANY OF Our leaders are weak, MOST ARE UNGODLY
- JACOB IS SCARED he is about to loose everything: He had worked 20 years and had a family, was he to lose it all now?
- Some have spent their whole life getting ready to die
SECURITY FOR OLD AGE
SECURITY FOR OUR CHILDREN
- THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN ATTACKED
OUR ECONOMY HAS SUFFERED
- WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF TOMORROW AN HYDROGEN BOMB EXPLODED HERE, or a plauge?
ARE YOU READY?
ARE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS READY?
WE HAD BETTER GET ALONE WITH GOD AS JACOB DID, ONLY WITH US IT’S CALLED CLOSET PRAYER
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT CLOSET PRAYER THAT PLEASES GOD?
1] IT TAKES FAITH TO CONSTANTLY PURSUE IT
A} THERE ARE NO fleshly REWARDS
2] CLOSET PRAYER SHOWS OUR DEPENDENCY ON GOD
A} WE ORDER REVIVALS
B} WE GET SICK WE CALL A DOCTOR
C} WE NEED MONEY WE BORROW IT
D} WE USE GIMMICKS TO GET PEOPLE IN CHURCH
3] ALL CAN PRAY
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
IT IS VAIN NOT TO PRAY
1] IF WE AREN’T PRAYING WE ARE IN THE FLESH
- WE NEED TO GET A BULL DOG TENACITY AND PRAY UNTIL WE GET AN ANSWER
Ge 32:26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
JACOB HAD SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT
Mrs. Scudder spent each of her children’s birthdays in prayer
And as a result 9 of her children became missionaries
Every morning John Newton, the author of the song AMAZING GRACE, awoke at 6 A.M. to hear his mother praying for him. She died when he was 8 years old but her prayers WERE ANSWERED.
PERSISTENT PRAYER GETS THROUGH TO GOD.
MOSES HELD BACK THE WRATH OF GOD THROUGH PRAYER
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
- SOME reading this HAVEN’T SPENT TEN MINUTES IN PRAYER this whole WEEK
SOME WON’T EVEN GO TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER SERVICE
WHAT DO WE NEED TO WRESTLE WITH GOD IN PRAYER?
WHAT ABOUT SIN
YOU WONT PRAY IF YOU WANT SIN MORE THEN YOU WANT GOD
WE NEED TO PRAY ABOUT REVIVAL
WE NEED TO PRAY ABOUT SOULS
WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH
WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR PREACHER
WE NEED TO PRAY FOR COURAGE
WE NEED TO PRAY FOR WISDOM