DiscipleChurch Family and Friends,
This Sunday Rev. Kay Johnson will be preaching. Kay has preached several times in DiscipleChurch and we are always grateful and challenged by her message! As most of you know Kay is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church — retired (technically). Kay leads a weekly bible study, centering prayer group, sings in the choir, is teaching in Sunday school classes most Sundays AND is a member of our DiscipleChurch family. I hope you will join us this Sunday beginning at 7:20 A.M. in Wesley Hall for our community breakfast, at 8:30 am in the Chapel, and 9:30 am for discussion and formation in the Foundation Building.
Blessings you sister in Christ,
Our text this Sunday is Genesis 32: 22-31. It is one of those great Old Testament stories that confront us with our own humanity again! How many times have you wanted to wrestle with God? How many times in your life have you felt as if you really had wrestled with God? Our text is the mid-point of Jacob’s (Grabby) story, grandson of Abraham, younger son of Isaac. It is an illustrious saga of how our own character flaws never deter God.
Grace and Peace,
Jacob wrestles with God
22 Jacob got up during the night, took his two wives, his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed the Jabbok River’s shallow water. 23 He took them and everything that belonged to him, and he helped them cross the river.24 But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. 25 When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. 26 The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.”
But Jacob said, “I won’t let you go until you bless me.”
27 He said to Jacob, “What’s your name?” and he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name won’t be Jacob any longer, but Israel, because you struggled with God and with men and won.”
29 Jacob also asked and said, “Tell me your name.”
But he said, “Why do you ask for my name?” and he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel, “because I’ve seen God face-to-face, and my life has been saved.” 31 The sun rose as Jacob passed Penuel, limping because of his thigh.