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1. The phenomenon of obedience – leaving for Canaan 2. The phenomenon of holiness – Abraham and Lot 3. The phenomenon of faith – Abraham and Isaac 4. The phenomenon of intercession – Sodom and Gomorrah 5. The phenomenon of worship – Isaac and Near Sacrifice 6. The phenomenon of guidance – Isaac and Rebecca 7. The phenomenon of provision – Isaac and Abimelech 8. The phenomenon of blessing – Jacob and Esau 9. The phenomenon of discipline – Jacob and Laban

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Jacob Returns Home The Phenomenon of Alignment

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The Blessing Part II Jacob Wrestles with the Angel

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Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, ‘Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.’  2  And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude towards him was not what it had been. 3  Then the  Lord  said to Jacob, ‘Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.’ 4  So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.  5  He said to them, ‘I see that your father’s attitude towards me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.  6  You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, Genesis 31: 1-6

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  7  yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.  8  If he said, “The speckled ones will be your wages,” then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, “The streaked ones will be your wages,” then all the flocks bore streaked young.  9  So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me. 10  ‘In the breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.  11  The angel of God said to me in the dream, “Jacob.” I answered, “Here I am.”  12  And he said, “Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. Genesis 31: 7-12

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13  I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.”’ 14  Then Rachel and Leah replied, ‘Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate?  15  Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.  16  Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.’ 17  Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels,  18  and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, [a]  to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. 19  When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods. Gen. 31:13-19

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Gen 31:20-21   20  Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away.  21  So he fled with all he had, crossed the River Euphrates, and headed for the hill country of Gilead .

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GeT The Return Home Reasons To fulfil God’s promise To avoid unbreakable attachments To change the family character 2. Obstacle a. To get away b. To stay safe in the journey c. ESAU

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GeT Problem # 1 – The Father-in-Law Jacob’s solution God’s solution Resolution

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GeT Problem # 2 – The Journey Jacob’s solution God’s solution Resolution

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Ge Genesis 32:3-7 3  Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.  4  He instructed them: ‘This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: “Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.  5  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 favour in your eyes.”’ 6  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.’ 7  In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.

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Ge Genesis 32:8-12 8  He thought, ‘If Esau comes and attacks one group, [ d ]  the group [ e ]  that is left may escape.’ 9  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 faithfulness you 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.”’

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Ge Genesis 32:13-18 13  He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for 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.”’

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Genesis 32:19-21 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.

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GeT Problem # 3 -- ESAU Jacob’s solution God’s solution Resolution

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Genesis 32:22-28 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 answer-ed. 28  Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’ a

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Ge Genesis 32:29-31 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, 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, and he was limping because of his hip.

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Gea Jacob Wrestles with the Angel The wrestling was two ways: 1. Jacob wrestled with the angel 2. The angel also wrestled with Jacob It was in the wrestling that Jacob discovered It was God who truly blesses.

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Notice 1. “Oh God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac…” Gen 32:9 2. “If the God of my father Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me…” Gen 31: 42 and compare with how Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons years later: 3. May the God before whom my fathers     Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God who has been my shepherd      all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm     – may he bless these boys. Gen 48:15-16

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Ge Genesis 33:1-5 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2  He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.  3  He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother. 4  But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.  5  Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. ‘Who are these with you?’ he asked.Jacob answered, ‘They are the children God has graciously given your servant.’

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Ge 6  Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.  7  Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. 8  Esau asked, ‘What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?’ ‘To find favour in your eyes, my lord,’ he said. 9  But Esau said, ‘I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.’ 10  ‘No, please!’ said Jacob. ‘If I have found favour in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favourably.

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“ To see your face is like seeing the face of God.” What is the meaning of that statement? Certainly it was a positive outcome. Something more? A spiritual connection between the wrestling with God and reconciliation with his brother Esau.

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Ge Genesis 35:27-32 27  Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.  28  Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.  29  Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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Conclusion The Phenomenon of Alignment

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Ge Conclusion The challenge of discipleship is to get our will aligned with God’s. There can be times when we need to wrestle with God for that to happen . The consequence of such an alignment is that God can work in circumstances that we cannot resolve.

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