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Jesus Wrestles Jacob (24 of 32)
INTRODUCTION: A man is known by the friends he keeps and the enemies he makes.
I don't think it is possible to really walk with Christ and not make his enemies as your own. Jesus said as much -
Matthew 10:34-36 (NAS)
34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 "For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36 and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
However we are reminded by Paul - Romans 12:18 (NAS) 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
So that is our elusive goal - peace with all.
David tells us in Psalm 34 14 , and pursue it.
Mat 5:21-24 If you bring a sacrifice and remember that a brother has something against
you leave it and go make it right.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Jesus who had many enemies sets a high premium on peace.
CONTEXT: Remember when we last looked at our brother Jacob he had been deceived into marrying two women Leah and Rachel. The two girls basically began competing against one another to see who could give the most sons to Jacob thus winning his attention and affection. A birthing war began between the two women. Once they had birthed all the babies they could produce they convinced Jacob to take their servant girls as wives and a few more children were born till Jacob had 12 sons and a daughter.
After some time of debating with his crooked step father Jacob and after God appears to him in dream and commands him to go back home to the promised land and he begins to head that way.
Jacob had been away from home for twenty years. Now he was coming home, but it was not a totally happy homecoming. He felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. He carried a burden that all people either have ...
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