Name Change, Game Change

Sermon Notes 1/16/22

Name Change, Game Change

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.

Background:
Jacob is the fraternal twin of Esau, pulling His brother’s heel —Genesis 25

-Basically cheated Esau out of his birthright.

———>To often we blame Esau for not caring about the birthright and behaving carelessly BUT—Jacob knew what he was doing!!

—Instead of feeding his tired brother, he made him swear to sell the birthright….

———>Then impersonated his brother to get the birthright blessing from Isaac. (Isaac was 160 yrs old and blind)

The birthright secured to him who possessed it

(1.) superior rank in his family (Gen 49:3);

(2.) a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deu 21:17);

(3.) the priestly office in the family (Num 8:17-19); and

(4.) the promise of the Seed in which all nations of the earth were to be blessed (Gen 22:18).

So Isaac unknowingly blessed Jacob and made Jacob greater than Esau.

THUS ESAU HATED JACOB — But Jacob was only being TRUE to His Name

And he said, It is because his name is called Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me? Genesis 27:36

——>JACOB –take by the heel, trip, supplant, (cheat)

JACOB THEN RUNS AND LIVES WITH HIS UNCLE

  • Laban cheated Him out of 14 years of work for Rachel
  • Cheated him out of his wages 10 times

AND GOD STILL BLESSED HIM (every time Laban tried to cheat him, he STILL prospered)

-Laban’s sons noticed: “Dude is rich and got all this money off our daddy.”

-Jacob ended up with more cattle and riches than Laban 

1.)Jacob Hears from God

Genesis 31:3 

3 And the Lord said unto Jacob: ‘Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.’

-Every decision we make in this new year, has to be a God decision.

-Decisions based off of emotions, negative circumstances, are not NOT GOD DECISIONS

-GOD DECISIONS come with the GOD guarantee: I WILL BE WITH THEE

-Jacob had lived with his uncle for over 14 odd years, worked, started a family, and finally it’s time to go make things right with his brother Esau. 

Sometimes in the process of Changing your name, God will have you make right…things you made wrong….

-He is on his way to meet Esau, and DEAL with the issues that lie between them.

-Jacob sends his family ahead because he is afraid Esau will kill him and everything he has.

2.)Jacob Was Alone

Genesis 32:24 (KJV)

24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

In Jacob’s alone time: He sought God

-Jacob knew this meeting could be life-changing

3.)Jacob Was Desperate

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.

Jacob was desperate?, he wrestled pass the pain/affliction 

AND he wrestled ALL NIGHT! 

When was the last time you held on to God, with everything you had!?

——>FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE WEEKS…..

——>DESPITE HOW YOU FELT, OR THE HARDSHIP THAT HAS BEEN PLACED ON YOUR LIFE?

NEW NAME

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.

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