May 21, 2017

OT 18B Jacob Wrestles With God

Reference: Genesis 32

Story Summary: 
   Jacob left his Uncle Laban with his wives and kids. As he travelled, he realized he need to pass the country where his brother, Esau, lived. Jacob was worried because Esau had vowed to kill him because Jacob had stolen his blessing 20 years before. Because he was worried, Jacob prayed that God would keep him safe from Esau. Jacob reminded God that he had promised to make Jacob's family into a great nation.
   That night, a man came and wrestled with Jacob until the morning. Eventually, the man touched Jacob's hip and injured him. But Jacob refused to let the man go until he gave him a blessing. The man did bless Jacob. And he gave him a new name, Israel, which means he "struggles with God." Jacob named that place "Peniel" which means "face of God." He said, "I've seen the face of God and have lived!"
   Jacob went on to meet with his brother, Esau. Instead of attacking Jacob and his family, Esau hugged and kissed his brother. God had answered Jacob's prayer. He gave Jacob the blessing of a brother who had forgiven him for the wrong things he had done when he was younger.

Big Idea and Motions: Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Trust - pretend to grasp a rope in front of you with two hands
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Heart - put your hands over your heart

Verse / Motions: Proverbs 3:5, ESV - Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Trust - pretend to grab a rope with two hands
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Heart - hand over your heart
Do Not Lean - cross your arms and pretend to lean against something
Understanding - tap your temple

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who did Jacob’s family have to travel past? // Jacob’s brother, Esau
Why was Jacob nervous about travelling past Esau? // He had tricked Esau, Esau vowed to kill him
How many men was Esau sending to Jacob? // 400 men
What did Jacob think Esau’s men might do? // Attack him
What did Jacob do when he prayed? // Asked God to save him from Esau, reminded God of his promise
Who came to Jacob that night? // God.
What did God and Jacob do all night? // Wrestle
What new name did God give Jacob? // Israel
What does the name Israel mean? // He struggles with God
Jacob would not let God go until he did what? // Blessed him
What happened when God touched Jacob’s hip? // Injured it, knocked it out of joint, and Jacob limped

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