Yes, my name is jacob

We had a great sermon Sunday.  I can’t imagine how difficult it is over a 45-year span of pastoring a church to come up with good sermons week after week.  Somehow our pastor has managed to do just that.

Hebrews is the book our Sunday School is studying right now.  And that is where Brother Jack got the source for his sermon.  Hebrews 2 to be exact.

Its focus is about Jesus being our High Priest; that He met all the qualifications to become so; that He has become our High Priest through His life here among us, one of us, and His death for our sins, thereby destroying Satan’s hold on death.

And all of that was done for us, all the people of the world, all of us who were meant from the very beginning of creation to commune with God freely and openly.

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Until the Big Supplanting.

That’s what I call it anyway.  Adam and Eve putting their desires and wants and will before those of God.

Supplanting His wisdom with what they thought they were going to get.

Supplanting His fellowship with what they thought they wanted in someone else.

Supplanting His ways with what they thought would be better ways, their own way.

Jacob supplanting the blessing by his father, Isaac, meant for Esau

Supplanting.  Just like Jacob did to Esau.  Deceiving Esau out of his inheritance, his blessing.  Jacob means to follow, to be behind” but also “to supplant, circumvent, assail, overreach”, from the word for “heel.”  And he was named Jacob because he had hold of the heel of Esau when they were born.  He was the second born, making him, I suppose, always hungering for what rightly belonged to Esau.  Coveting, allowing greed in, thus lying, deceiving, and eventually… supplanting.

Back in Genesis 32 as Jacob seeks forgiveness from his brother, Esau, he wrestles with God, eventually getting a blessing from God.  How did Jacob get this blessing?  Did it come from being able to tussle all night long without wearing down?  Did it come because Jacob won the fight?  Did it come because they both just got worn out?

It came because Jacob admitted who he was.  After years of deceiving and going his own way… well, says it best:

In the end, Jacob does what we all must do. He confronts his failures, his weaknesses, his sins, all the things that are hurting him . . . and faces God. Jacob wrestled with God all night. It was an exhausting struggle that left him crippled. It was only after he came to grips with God and ceased his struggling, realizing that he could not go on without Him, that he received God’s blessing (Genesis 32:29)

Perhaps, after you have wrestled all night, after you have struggled for years, you as well as I can admit who we are, confess our sins, and say:

Yes, my name is jacob.

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