Sunday Morning, February 7, 2016

Getting Alone With God


Genesis 32:22-30 ~ “And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Let’s look again at the two names of places listed in these scriptures:
1. Jabbok (verse 22) ~ Pouring Out
2. Peniel (verse 30) ~ Face of God
Jacob apparently had gone to bed but was unable to sleep because of great fear and distress.
Jacob got up and sent his family and all his possessions on across the ford of the river Jabbok.
Jacob remained behind, all alone with God, without any distractions or demands from family or workers.
Mark 1:35 ~ “And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
Luke 6:12 ~ “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 22:41 ~ “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.
Hebrews 4:15-16 ~ “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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