BSF Genesis: Week 24, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

9.
His penchant for deception.  His predisposition to use deceit, financial strength, or other cunning to take advantage of a situation

10.
punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds, he struggled with God, he wept and begged for his favor

11.
The angel of the Lord, Jesus.  Face of God

12.
Man cannot force God to do anything.  Anything any man receives is a gift from the Almighty.  Jacob refused to let go showing a tenacity to cling to the Lord.  The greater blesses the lesser, not the other way around.

13.
We too rely on our own wit and cunning.  We believe that we can buy our way out of wrongs.  We confess our weaknesses but do not reject the things that make us weak

My Daily Journal:

What do we cling to?

The story of Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord is one with many facets.  Jacob is not chastised for wrestling with the Lord, but through his own strength he is unable to win, either over God or man.  In wrestling strength comes from the legs and hips.  Wrestlers, like most athletes, spend a lot of time physically developing “the core”, the mid body strength that transfers out.  In Jacob’s wrestling, one touch showed the weakness of his own core of relying on his own strength.  All he could do was hold on, cling to his opponent.

Did Jacob win?  Did he force the angel to do anything?  Given what he seeks, the answer is obvious.  A blessing is always and only transferred from the greater to the lesser.  Giving something back to someone that already belongs to them in not a blessing.  Nor can a blessing be bought or forced.  Receiving something unmerited is the definition of a blessing.

But, to cling to one thing, we have to let go of other things.  To cling to the Angel of the Lord, forced Jacob to not cling to himself.  To cling to God means to let go of our own desires to be in control.

BSF Genesis: Week 24, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

14.
a.
Bowed down 7 times

b.
They wept.  Called him “my lord” “For to see your face is like seeing the face of God”

c.
He seemed to place a longing for family that was greater than the anger he held.

15.
No.  He should have done as God commanded in Gen 31:3, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”Back to Bethel where God told him he would live in Gen 28:13

My Daily Journal:

I was struck by the lesson that humility and love go hand in hand.  Jacob had spent his youth conniving to get the upper hand on his brother.  He clung to his heal at birth, he bought his birthright, he stole his blessing from his father.  He always wanted to be over his brother, dominating in authority.  But to receive the love of his brother and overcome the hatred and anger Jacob had pushed into his brothers heart, could not be received through strength or cunning.  To receive love requires humility.