Wrestling With God

Sermon of Sunday, July 31, 2011

Preacher: Francis noordanus

Scriptures: Genesis 32:22-31

Introduction:

Francis first traces through the checkered career of Jacob from birth through to the end of his exile when the set Old Testament passage picks up the longest night in his life.  It is a night that begins in fearful prayer, involves preparing for the worst and becomes a wrestling bout with God who wounds him to transform him.  The outcome is grace beyond Jacob's hopes as he is reconciled with his brother Esau.  This is held up as a pattern for how God deals with people, a men in particular, to draw their hearts after him.

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