Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

What Changed Jacob from a wimp to a courageous man of God?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Through doctrine resident in his soul, when Jacob saw what he did, he crossed his hands over immediately.

The crossed hands, therefore, illustrates the manner in which every believer receives grace blessing from God. We receive the blessings of the firstborn.

God the Father crossed His hands and placed the right hand upon us (blessing of the first born) and the left hand upon Christ (the curse that we deserved).

2 Co 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Christ, the first-born, bears our sins on the cross so that we can have +R forever. That becomes the basis always for grace blessing.

The crossed hands indicate the fact that the firstborn, Jesus Christ, is the basis for all of our blessing. Jesus Christ had to be judged so that we could be the beneficiaries of grace blessing, beginning at the cross.

God does not bless the line of natural birth and privilege but God blesses the line of regeneration; the spiritual line. Always God blesses man by means of grace.

We have Seth over Cain, Abraham over Haran, Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, Joseph over Rueben, Ephraim over Manasseh.

The finest people in the world are old people who have really understood grace, lived by it, and used it.

Jacob is going to leave this place afraid of God and with nothing, and he is going to return a courageous man with tremendous blessings.

Before we set off on any spiritual endeavor, God preps our journey with promises of victory.

We will reap what we sow.

The deceiver is deceived. He has reaped what he has sown. Our negative decisions always reap negative consequences. God is no respecter of persons.

GAL 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life [rewards in the eternal state].

1. Isaac’s blindness equals the darkness of Jacob’s wedding night, and neither could see well as a result.
2. Jacob is deceived by being presented the older for the younger, the reversal of Isaac’s presentation of Jacob for Esau.
3. Isaac thought Jacob was Esau and Jacob thought Leah was Rachel.
4. Jacob pretended to be his older brother, while Leah pretended to be her younger sister.

As Jacob begins another journey, another chapter in his life, God is ready with doctrine to promise him victory and comfort.

1. You reap what you sow.
2. God finds a way to bless his elected ones in spite of them and others who plot against them.

God will inculcate us with the lessons we need through Bible doctrine, and He will put us in circumstances that will force us to apply it.

Running from your problems or ignoring your problems will not make them go away. Deal with them head on with BD.

Mahanaim = two camps; Jacob’s camp and God’s camp.
Jacob, who was just shown the army of God, is afraid of an unbeliever with 400 men.

Jacob’s great fear is in great contrast to the fait-rest drill as was exhibited perfectly by our Lord.

MAT 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

Again we have the problem with believers, which is a lack of faith in the word of God.

Prayer is not a problem solving device; Bible doctrine is
(FRD; GO; DO).

This sets the stage for this next division about Peniel - the Face of God.

God deals with us alone and not in the company of others.

Wrestled - yaaveik, comes from the root avak, _ “dust.” = to get dusty and sounds very similar to Jabbok.

When the Lord deals with us, He does so one on one and He limits His strength so that we are no so overpowered that we cannot hold on.

ISA 6:7 And he touched my mouth with it [a burning coal] and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven.”

This limp would be a lasting reminder, every day that God dealt with him, to change him, to bless him and in grace Jacob would see God face to face.

Jacob had striven with God and did not quit on the plan of God, despite fear, failure, and weakness.
Don’t ever quit on BD no matter what problems you face.

The Hebrew word Yisrael is a combination of “sarah” and “el” - literally = “he who strives with God.”

God has fought for Jacob, now God will fight for Israel. The reason for the name change was Israel’s ability to strive with God without quitting.

Even after his loss of strength by the dislocated hip, he has still prevailed in that he received the blessing of God, and that is what he has striven for; and that’s what he received.

Striving for the blessing of God is holding on to God, which is akin to positive volition toward doctrine no matter what life throws at you.

JUD 13:17-18 And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?” 18 But the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful [pele - used only of God and never of man]?”

ISA 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful [pele] Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The sinew of the hip was a reminder to the Jews that God will fight for Israel, and so it was not to be consumed.

When God deals with our weakness in His special and loving way we will be changed from wimp to hero; from fear to love.

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