The Changing Of A Man
I. JACOB WAS A SELFISH MAN
II. JACOB WAS A SELF-SUFFICENT MAN
III. JACOB WAS A SURRENDER MAN
We have an exciting subject this morning. "The Changing of a Man."
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. Genesis 32:30
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
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.
Turn with me please to Isaiah 44:2
Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
Now I want to look at the Jacob this morning. His life is told in his four names.
Jacob his mother gave him that name. Jacob describes his nature. First Jacob was what he was. Jacob means that which grabs by the heel, or a sup planter, or schemer. The name Jacob means deceiver.
And Jacob was what he was. Esau on the other hand was what he wanted to be. Israel the name God gave him is what he became. And a very unknown name that God gave him was Jesurun. The name God gave him means upright.
You see God sees people in a different way. God sees that people can change. There is hope for the Jacob's of this world.
And in four names you have a beautiful picture of the changing of a man. Jacob means schemer, liar, cheat. Jacob had more angles than a pyramid.
He had more short cuts than anybody could ever devise. Do you remember the story of Jacob and the pottage scandal? Jacob out- smarted Esau until he got Esau to rel ...
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