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1 ICEL Encounter God and Live with the Consequences ICEL, Sunday March 10, 2013. Joseph Dimitrov

2 ICEL In almost every biblical example of encounter with God a spiritual principle was born.

3 ICEL In each one of the biblical encounter stories, we find several clear (concrete) components that contributed to the birth of each principle:

4 ICEL -- there was a need or a challenge that preceded the birth of the principle. - there were unfavorable circumstances that preceded or accompanied the birth of the principle. - there was divine intervention and human participation in each encounter. - there were post-encounter consequences that affected the individual and the group or society around him/her.

5 ICEL Let’s consider today the principle of surrender - classic example of which is Jacob.

6 ICEL Genesis 32:22-31 “ 22 Now he arose that same night and took his two wives and his two maids and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream. And he sent across whatever he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."

7 ICEL Genesis 32:22-31 27 So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28 He said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked him and said, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved." 31 Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.”

8 ICEL I.To Be Blessed in Life Is Not a Sign of Surrender

9 ICEL II. To Be Religious in Life IsNot a Sign of Surrender

10 ICEL Genesis 31:5-11 5 “I see your father's attitude, that it is not friendly toward me as formerly, but the God of my father has been with me. 6 "You know that I have served your father with all my strength. 7 "Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me. 8 "If he spoke thus, 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the flock brought forth speckled; and if he spoke thus, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flock brought forth striped.”

11 ICEL Genesis 31:5-11 9 "Thus God has taken away your father's livestock and given them to me. 10 "And it came about at the time when the flock were mating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which were mating were striped, speckled, and mottled. 11 "Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am.”

12 ICEL Genesis 32:9-12 9 “Jacob said, ”O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.”

13 ICEL Genesis 32:9-12 11 “Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. 12 ”For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.“

14 ICEL III. To Be a Man of God's Promises in Life Is Not a Sign of Surrender

15 ICEL In Genesis 25:23 the promise of God to him was generous. “Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger.“

16 ICEL In Genesis 28:13-15 he got another generous promise from God. 13 "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 "Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

17 ICEL In Genesis 31:11-13 he got another comforting promise of God's care and provision. 11 ‘Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am.' 12 "He said, 'Lift up now your eyes and see that all the male goats which are mating are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 'I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.”

18 ICEL At the moment of surrender (beautiful description of it in Genesis 32:23b-24a “and he sent across whatever he had. Then Jacob was left alone,”), for the first time he wanted a different thing: At Bethel Jacob had said, "if you will be with me and do me good." At Jabbok his thought was, "Tell me your name.“

19 ICEL The essence of the divine touch is that it wounds and heals at the same time.

20 ICEL Hosea 12:4 gives us an interesting detail about the wrestling that night - the prophet tells us that Jacob "had the power over the angel and prevailed; he wept and made supplications (prayers); he found Him at Bethel and there He spoke with us.“

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