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Jacob Wrestles an Angel

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October 5, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Jacob Wrestles an Angel

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  • Now, let's join the service.
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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • She's actually, believe it or not, it's her birthday too,
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  • so she's in bed sick.
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  • It's actually Tuesday so, but pray for Hannah.
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  • She's just not feeling great this morning,
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  • but we always miss her.
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  • And there's like a whole rhythm like even after I say
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  • good morning, I'm like, oh, there's nobody there.
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  • So anyway, well, welcome anyway to Shepherd's Grove.
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  • Lord, so often we want to beat ourselves up, but not you, Lord,
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  • And for many of us who are struggling with you, we're
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  • Tim McCalmont: As we prepare for God's Word to us today,
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  • we turn to the 32nd chapter of Genesis.
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  • Listen for the Word of the Lord.
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  • "That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two
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  • female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford
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  • of the Jabbok.
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  • After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over
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  • all his possessions.
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  • So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled
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  • with him till daybreak.
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  • When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched
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  • the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched
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  • as he wrestled with the man.
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  • Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak.'
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  • But Jacob replied, 'I will not let you go
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  • unless you bless me.'
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  • The man asked him, 'What is your name?'
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  • 'Jacob,' he answered.
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  • Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but
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  • Israel, because you have struggled with God and with
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  • humans and have overcome.'
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  • Jacob said, 'Please tell me your name.'
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  • But he replied, 'Why do you ask my name?'
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  • Then he blessed him there.
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  • So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, 'It is because
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  • I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.'
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  • The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was
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  • limping because of his hip."
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  • This is the Word of the Lord.
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  • God provides
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  • so why do I worry about my life
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  • When you come to my rescue a thousand times?
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  • Every other voice it is a lie
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  • God provides
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  • God provides in ways I can't explain
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  • and can't deny
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  • The little that I have He multiplies
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  • Just when I feel He won't show up on time
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  • God provides
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  • He'll come through
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  • When the clouds of doubt rain down on you
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  • And test everything you thought you knew
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  • Now you finally see what God can do for you
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  • So tonight
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  • Close your eyes
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  • There's no more need to fight
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  • Watch God provide
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  • God provides
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  • It's hard to say when there's no food to eat
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  • Or what you see feels all that life will be
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  • Or will this be another year of misery for me?
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  • But my faith can't survive on just things I see
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  • And my feelings can't control my destiny
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  • See, God, I only want what you believe for me
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  • So tonight close your eyes
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  • There's no more need to fight, ooh
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  • Watch God provide
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  • He will provide
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  • Before your eyes
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  • Oh, He will, He will
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  • So tonight close your eyes
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  • There's no more need to fight
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  • Watch God provide
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  • He will provide
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  • Before you ask He will
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  • Whatever your need
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  • I know that He will provide
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  • God provides, yes
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  • He'll step right in, and He'll see you through
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  • He'll open the windows of Heaven
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  • and pour you out a blessing
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  • you won't have room to receive, yeah
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  • So tonight, close your eyes
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  • There's no more need to fight
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  • Ooh, watch God provide
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  • Thank you, Lord
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  • male: The very next Food Network Star is Melissa.
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  • announcer: Melissa d'Arabian is a chef, author, and TV host
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  • who won season five of "Food Network Star" in 2009
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  • and has gone on to host her show "Ten Dollar Dinners"
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  • on Food Network.
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  • She's also written a few cookbooks and appeared on
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  • several Food Network series.
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  • Her new book, "Tasting Grace," looks at how we can use food
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  • to connect with God, others, and ourselves.
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  • Please welcome Melissa d'Arabian.
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  • Bobby: Melissa, hi. Welcome, so glad you're here.
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  • Well, I'm excited to read this book.
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  • I'm so bummed Hannah's sick today because she's like,
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  • "Oh, I love her.
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  • I love her show."
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  • And I know she would have loved to have met you.
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  • But your last book was called "Ten Dollar Dinners."
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  • I know it was a huge success, people loved it.
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  • And this time for your new book, you're writing actually about
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  • your faith and how it relates to food, of all things,
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  • "Tasting Grace."
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  • So anyway, welcome and tell us a little bit about your book.
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  • Melissa d'Arabian: Thanks for having me.
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  • Yeah, you know, we are a society that is simultaneously obsessed
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  • with food, right?
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  • We've got celebrity chefs, and we are reading cookbooks
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  • just for entertainment, not even to cook.
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  • And we're posting photos on Instagram that are perfect.
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  • And yet, we are also very separated from our food.
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  • We are living in modern society, which means fewer of us
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  • are actually growing and making our food.
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  • And so, in this disconnect, I thought what does God have
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  • to say about food?
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  • What does God want for us through food?
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  • And food is not an afterthought to God.
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  • So, I spent a couple years in the Bible and in prayer, reading
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  • about this, and praying about this, and marinating in this.
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  • And God has given us food for so much good
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  • and out of his generosity.
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  • And so, my hope in "Tasting Grace"
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  • is to explore those invitations and the joy
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  • of receiving God's gifts.
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  • Bobby: It's such a great place to come from, too,
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  • because your show is not a religious show, right?
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:20.110
  • I mean, you're an outspoken Christian, but you're just
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  • talking to everybody about food, and so to use the thing that
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  • people associate with food and show how big a part of it is
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  • for God's grace in our life, I think is really brilliant.
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  • Melissa: Well, and it's also who we are when we get
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  • our identity in God and in Christ.
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:40.020
  • And so those books, "Ten Dollar Dinners,"
  • 00:18:40.030 --> 00:18:41.260
  • "Supermarket Healthy," they're secular books,
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  • but they're books rooted in stewardship.
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  • They're books written with the Bible's opened up on my desk.
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:50.060
  • So, the Bibles were still opened up on my desk.
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  • It's just that what came out was a bit different.
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  • Bobby: It is strange what you said about how food is
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  • sort of changing and our experience of it.
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  • It really seems like originally it was meant as a blessing
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  • of grace, hospitality.
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  • I remember I had a friend who's visiting, Yope, from Holland,
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  • he was an older guy.
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  • And I wanted to take him to In-N-Out, and we were eating
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  • in our car and he said, "I've never eaten in a car before.
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  • This is weird."
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  • Like, he did not like it at all.
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  • You know, he had a garden, and he wanted to like sit down
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  • and talk, and do all this types of thing.
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  • And it's weird as Americans, very often, we become--
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  • food becomes more and more about energy
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  • and less about bonding with other people
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  • and experiencing God's grace.
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  • Melissa: And it's about speeding up and getting through it.
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  • And if God had wanted to make a food system that was not tasty
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  • and that did not slow us down, that did not require patience
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  • to grow tomatoes, he could have done that.
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  • He could have made a food system that didn't include juicy
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  • peaches and sweet tomatoes, and he did not do that.
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:53.000
  • So, why did God make the world so delicious?
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  • Why did he make it so that we have to slow down a
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  • bit to partake?
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  • Why did he make a system that requires us to work and tend
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  • into the garden like Adam did?
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  • So, these are the invitations, and they're not admonitions.
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  • It's not, oh, we're doing it wrong.
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  • It's an invitation into loving food even more,
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  • and connecting beyond just around the table.
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  • As Christians we talk about around the table
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  • and that's great, but the connection to God
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  • and to each other and to soil and to earth
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  • is so much deeper.
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  • So, that's my celebration in "Tasting Grace."
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  • Bobby: You think God wants us to slow down?
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  • Melissa: I'm pretty sure he does.
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  • When I think about when I pray for patience, what he does for
  • 00:20:37.070 --> 00:20:40.070
  • me and how he responds, he's telling me, yes,
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:42.060
  • he wants us to slow down.
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  • Bobby: I think food cooked by a friend, or by someone that
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  • loves you, is an invitation to say, not only slow down,
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:49.290
  • but I just want to be with you, just hang out with you.
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:52.280
  • And you know, Jesus does that too.
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:54.210
  • It's interesting a lot of times when we take Communion
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  • and other things, I'll talk about how Jesus had
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  • an eating ministry because he would sit down
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  • and eat with people you're not supposed to eat with.
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  • Isn't that--how much of a gift that was
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  • and how impactful that was.
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  • So, food's always had this way of communicating just love
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:09.100
  • to people, hasn't it?
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:10.290
  • Melissa: And Jesus, what a great model for how
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  • we're gonna look at food.
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.080
  • Jesus didn't just feed people, and he did in big, and
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:17.070
  • wonderful, beautiful ways, but he also ate with them, right?
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  • So, who we sit with around our table and the tables that we go
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  • to to sit, it's not just about inviting people in.
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  • If I am always the host of my table, then I'm missing out on
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  • the joy of being at other people's tables,
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  • and that's really the joy that I'm celebrating.
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  • Bobby: It is such a good book, and we're just so grateful
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  • that you're here with us today.
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  • One thing we want to give you as a thank you for taking time out
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  • of your busy schedule to bless our church and our viewers
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  • in "Hour of Power."
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  • The holidays are coming, believe it or not, and so we have this
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  • angel ornament for your tree that we give
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  • to all of our supporters.
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  • We'd love for you to have it to remember your trip with us.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • Melissa: Thank you.
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  • Bobby: You're welcome. We just appreciate.
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:02.190
  • So, the book the book is called "Tasting Grace"
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  • by Melissa d'Arabian.
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  • You can get it anywhere books are sold.
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  • You're gonna love it.
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  • And I want to recommend wherever you are now get it,
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  • check it out.
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  • It will make all the difference.
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  • And that thank you so much, Melissa, we appreciate you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Melissa: Thank you, you too.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah Schuller: Bobby and I are so happy
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  • you joined us in worship today.
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  • We hope that you find incredible hope
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  • and inspiration from this program.
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  • Bobby: There's an old saying that goes,
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  • "The only thing to expect is the unexpected."
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  • I always think this is how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel
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  • appeared and told her she was gonna give birth
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  • to the Son of God.
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  • Although it was really good news,
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  • her future took a very different turn.
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  • Hannah: When the direction of your life suddenly changes,
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  • you can count on the fact that you are not alone.
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  • Jesus is with you, and he always finishes
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  • the good work he starts.
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  • No matter how difficult your situation
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  • or how drastically your course shifts,
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  • he is with you.
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  • Bobby: You are his beloved child,
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  • and he has the best in store for your life.
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  • Today as a reminder of the really good news
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  • that Jesus is with you, we'd love to send you
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  • these holiday-inspired resources.
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  • announcer: As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season,
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  • in Jesus's birth.
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  • this holiday season.
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  • Bobby: God is continuing to write the story
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  • of this ministry, and we are counting on him to move
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  • in the hearts of our friends who understand
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  • the tremendous value and impact of the "Hour of Power."
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  • Thank you so, so much for your generous financial support
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  • to help keep this program on the air.
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  • Remember as always, God loves you and so do we.
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  • Nita Whitaker: I want to encourage you no matter
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  • what you're going through, to keep on praising God,
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  • because in that praise is deliverance.
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  • I've lost some good friends along life's way
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  • Some loved ones departed in Heaven to stay
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  • But thank God I didn't lose everything
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  • I've lost faith in people who said they care
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  • At the time of my crisis, they were never there
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  • But in my disappointment in my season of pain
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  • One thing never wavered, one thing never changed
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  • I never lost my hope
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  • I never lost my hope
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  • I never lost my joy
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  • I never lost my faith
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  • But most of all
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  • I never lost my praise
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  • Oh, praise
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  • I kept my praise through every disappointment
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  • I kept my praise through every tear
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  • I kept my praise through every persecution
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  • I kept my praise 'cause God was always near
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  • But most of all
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  • I never lost my praise
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  • I never lost my hope, my hope in Jesus
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  • I never, Jesus is with me
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  • I never lost my praise
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  • But most of all, most of all
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  • I never lost my praise
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  • It's still here, my praise
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  • Keep on praising when it's good
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  • and when it's not so good
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  • Jesus said, yea, though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadow
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  • I will fear no evil
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  • God said I'm with you
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  • He said I'm with you
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  • Don't be afraid
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  • I'm right here, I'm right here
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  • Yeah, I never lost my hope, yeah
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  • I never lost my joy
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  • I never, never lost my faith
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  • But most of all
  • 00:28:31.070 --> 00:28:38.070
  • I never lost my praise
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us.
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  • We're so glad that you're with us today.
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  • If you're ever in the Irvine area,
  • 00:29:07.000 --> 00:29:08.230
  • please come down to Shepherd's Grove Pres
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  • and worship with us.
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  • We'd love to meet you.
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  • If you have children, bring them.
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  • We have an amazing kids ministry, and we're so glad
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  • that you're with us today.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this as a way
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  • of receiving from the Lord?
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • I want to welcome some of our friends who are visiting
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  • from Hong Kong.
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  • Thank you for coming today. Welcome, and please stand.
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  • Thank you.
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  • If there's anyone else here, you know, we have a church
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  • from all over the world.
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  • We have visitors from any other country who's visiting?
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  • Would you just raise your hand?
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  • We'd love to just welcome you too.
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  • Welcome. Thank you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Well, today, we are beginning a new series on angels,
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  • which is something I've actually never preached on as a series,
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  • and I probably should have.
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  • You actually find in the Bible that angels
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  • are mentioned hundreds of times.
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  • And from a Bible translating standpoint, it's hard to figure
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  • out because sometimes the word "angel" simply means a messenger
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  • when you see it in Greek or Hebrew.
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  • But a lot of the time, probably most the time, it actually means
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  • an angel from heaven.
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  • So, I want to talk about, in this next series, four very
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  • famous angel stories, what we can learn from them and how
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  • they can encourage us in our faith.
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  • There's a lot of contemporary angel stories too.
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  • I've heard them growing up.
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  • I've met believers who have seen how God has intervened in their
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  • life in some miraculous way that there was either a person,
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  • or very often they believe an actual angel who worked
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  • in their lives.
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  • Maybe you have a story like that.
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  • I have one that's kind of like that.
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  • When I was seven years old, I used to walk back
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  • and forth to elementary School.
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  • I was in first grade high school, you know?
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  • Anyway, and it was weird.
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  • You know, my parents just really,
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  • they were pretty free with us.
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  • And so, it was a good, you know, two, three mile walk.
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  • And one day coming home with a friend of mine, his name
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  • was Graham, I found this great walking stick.
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  • And the two of us were walking along,
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  • and I'm all excited about my stick.
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  • And they have these kind of tributary type systems made
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  • of concrete, effectively sewers, that would dump rainwater
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  • into the the San Juan Creek.
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  • And so, sometimes we would walk through those tunnels
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  • and we would run around the tubes and stuff.
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  • And we followed one to the end that went down
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  • into this sort of water cistern.
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  • It was like a short concrete thing and it had some,
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  • you know, algae, some slime on it.
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  • And of course, being boys we were throwing things into
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  • the cistern that was full of this slimy green water
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  • and poking at things.
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  • And I dropped this walking stick.
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  • It fell into the water.
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  • And so, of course, we have to try and get it back even though
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  • there's a slimy concrete thing between the water and me.
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  • So, I hold my friend's hand and I begin to kind of go down like
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  • this and try and get the stick.
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  • And of course, I slip, he lets go, and I fall into this goo.
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  • You know, it's like really horrible.
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  • And I'm, I was a great swimmer when I was a kid.
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  • I mean, I was, but I started to feel like
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  • I was being pulled down.
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  • My head with under the water.
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  • I had stuff on my face and in my hair, and I'm freaking out.
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  • I look at my friend go, "Graham, Graham, help me."
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  • And he looked, you know little kids.
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  • He looks at me and he just goes--
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  • and runs away, you know, he just takes off.
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  • And I'm all alone, and I'm like--
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  • and I'm thinking I'm gonna die, all this stuff.
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  • And then out of nowhere, this strong are pulled me
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  • out of the water, set me down.
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  • And I look up and all I see is a shadowy figure backlit
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  • by the sun, and this person just walks away.
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  • For years, I used to say, I think that was an angel.
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  • I think an angel saved me.
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  • And finally, I told the story with my dad there he goes,
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  • "That wasn't an angel.
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  • It was a homeless lady.
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  • She followed you home and asked me for money."
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  • That's a true story.
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  • But you know, sometimes, you know,
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  • and it's hard not to believe though, at least that,
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  • you know, God works through that homeless lady.
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  • And I can see why she asked him for some money.
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  • "I saved your kid, you can give me five bucks, you know?"
  • 00:33:44.160 --> 00:33:47.190
  • Anyway, so many of us we have real angel stories where though
  • 00:33:47.200 --> 00:33:50.130
  • it actually wasn't just a random person, but it was an actual
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  • intervention from God in our lives.
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  • I think there are times, not just in the Bible, but in our
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  • lives and we don't always see it, where angels actually break
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  • the rules by changing something in our life that will
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  • dramatically change the arc of our story.
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  • And we're gonna look at one today.
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  • This one has a major effect on the whole nation of Israel,
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  • and it's, in fact, how Israel as a nation, gets its name.
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  • So, today you're gonna learn why Israel is called Israel.
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  • You probably already know if you've gone to church
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  • your whole life, but if you don't, today's the day.
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  • The word "Israel" actually means struggles with God
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  • or wrestles with God.
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  • Now, think about that for a moment.
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  • If you were a nation state that we're supposed to be the chosen
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  • people of God and your whole purpose is to be in covenant
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  • with God and bring God's Torah, and Word, and Messiah to the
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  • whole world, why would you call yourself struggles with God?
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  • Shouldn't it be struggles with evil or shouldn't it be fights
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  • alongside God or fights for God, like so many religions have?
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  • No, Israel calls itself, we are the ones who wrestle with God.
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  • We are the--why is that?
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  • And I'll just give you a cheat sheet.
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  • Today, I believe that in our relationships, both with friends
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  • and family and with God, the struggle is an inseparable
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  • part of a deep relationship.
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  • You can't have a meaningful relationship without struggling
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  • sometimes, whether it's with God or with others.
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  • All of us who believe in God struggle with him.
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  • "God, why would you let this happen?
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  • God, why are these things in place.
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  • Or God--" You know, whatever.
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  • And you wrestle with God.
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  • You're trying to understand things and learn things
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  • and grow.
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  • And yet, very often that that can sometimes feel like
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  • a never-ending struggle with things like doubt, or sin,
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  • or just unanswered questions about the world in existence,
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  • philosophical questions, relational questions.
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  • And I just know that whatever struggle it is you're going
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  • through today, keep struggling and keep struggling until
  • 00:36:08.060 --> 00:36:13.080
  • that struggle turns into an embrace.
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  • Do you know what that's like?
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  • Maybe in your marriage if you've been married before,
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  • a struggle with your spouse turns into an embrace.
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  • Maybe with your kids, a struggle with your kids turns
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  • into an embrace.
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  • Well, sometimes it happens with God too.
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  • Our struggles with God can turn into an embrace with God.
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  • So, don't let go until he blesses you.
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  • Today, we're talking about the story of Jacob, Yacov.
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  • Jacob's one of my favorite Torah characters.
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  • We talked about him and his brother Esau a few weeks ago,
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  • and you may remember that I put a giant picture of Gaston
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  • on the screen.
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  • But I compared Esau to like Gaston from
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  • "Beauty and the Beast."
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  • Gaston is this hot-headed, you know, hunter.
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  • He's buff and manly, and he's a fighter and maybe a soldier,
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  • and he's always got his, you know, gun or bows and arrows
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  • over his shoulder, and he just killed an animal.
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  • He's a tough guy, and he's good looking and popular.
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  • And this is kind of how Esau is.
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  • And his twin brother, Jacob, is kind of the opposite of that.
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  • I said he was kind of like Belle, you know, but think
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  • of a think of--it says he loves to dwell in tents.
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  • Picture the guy that plays chess and reads a lot of books,
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  • plays video games, picture your senior pastor.
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  • That's what Jacob's kind of like.
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  • You know, he's a little bit dorky and just--and so,
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  • they're twins, but they're fraternal twins.
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  • And Esau, because he came out just a few seconds earlier, gets
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  • this amazing thing, this amazing blessing called the birthright.
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  • Jacob, his brother, ends up buying the birthright from Esau
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  • with a bowl of soup, which shows how
  • 00:37:59.100 --> 00:38:01.200
  • kind of dumb Esau is.
  • 00:38:01.210 --> 00:38:05.100
  • But then when Esau isn't good on it, Jacob then steals,
  • 00:38:05.110 --> 00:38:08.220
  • effectively steals what's rightfully his by pretending to
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  • be Esau with fake hairy arms, and the help of his mother,
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  • and ends up stealing the birthright from Isaac
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  • the father, and this is where the story begins.
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  • Now, how does a hot-tempered, warrior, killer buff guy like
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  • Esau when he finds out basically almost all of his wealth has
  • 00:38:28.070 --> 00:38:32.120
  • been stolen from him by his twin brother,
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  • what do you think his reaction is?
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  • "He's dead.
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  • I'm gonna--I am going to skewer my--
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  • that brother of mine.
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  • He is a dead man."
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  • So, what does Jacob do?
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  • Jacob does what Jacob always does,
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  • he flees, he runs, he tricks.
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  • And so, he disappears.
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  • His mother Rebekah says, "Your brother's gonna kill you.
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  • I want you to go to the land of our forefathers and find a wife
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  • there so you don't have a wife that's a Canaanite.
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  • I want you to marry one of our people,
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  • and that's what I'll tell your father.
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  • But the truth is you need to leave because your brother
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  • is gonna kill you.
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  • And when he chills out, when he cools down, I will send word."
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  • Now, it ends up that it takes 20 years actually for Esau
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  • to chill out.
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  • And this is what happens, Jacob leaves with nothing.
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  • So, he's received--think about this and think about this in
  • 00:39:26.210 --> 00:39:29.040
  • your own life, after he receives the blessing from God
  • 00:39:29.050 --> 00:39:33.140
  • through his father, everything gets worse.
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  • See, everything gets worse and Jacob's experience, he's on--
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  • he has to leave his home.
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  • He has no food, he has no money.
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  • And he goes to the house of Laban, you know, a long,
  • 00:39:48.150 --> 00:39:50.190
  • long ways away in Mesopotamia, and when he gets there,
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  • he sees this beautiful woman.
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  • Her name is Rachel.
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  • He's never seen anyone more beautiful in his whole life.
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  • Immediately goes to her father Laban and says, Laban or Laban
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  • and says, "I want to marry Rachel."
  • 00:40:04.270 --> 00:40:07.010
  • And what's the deal he strikes?
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  • He says, "All right.
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  • I'll let you marry my daughter if you work for me for free
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  • for seven years."
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  • He says yes.
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  • Now, that is true, true love.
  • 00:40:17.160 --> 00:40:20.020
  • What if, ladies, what if your man worked for you
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  • for seven years for free just to--
  • 00:40:22.070 --> 00:40:24.160
  • that'd mean a lot to you, wouldn't it?
  • 00:40:24.170 --> 00:40:27.270
  • Anyway, so he works for seven years for Laban for free to
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  • marry Rachel, and on his--Rachel has an older sister named Leah,
  • 00:40:32.240 --> 00:40:38.090
  • who he doesn't particularly find attractive.
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  • The Bible says she has decent eyes, and this becomes like an
  • 00:40:40.270 --> 00:40:44.230
  • insult and Judaism that like it's a nice way of saying
  • 00:40:44.240 --> 00:40:47.070
  • a girl's not attractive.
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  • Anyway, he has this wedding and it's super dark and his--
  • 00:40:50.000 --> 00:40:54.080
  • you know, Rachel is wearing this veil and he can't see anything.
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  • And then they go to their tent for the evening
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  • and he wakes up and who's next to him but his new wife Leah.
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  • He got tricked.
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  • She says, "Good morning," you know?
  • 00:41:07.050 --> 00:41:09.230
  • She's just like--
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  • [cackling]
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  • Think about how you'd feel.
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  • You worked seven years of your life and you get tricked.
  • 00:41:18.230 --> 00:41:22.060
  • You're married, the marriage is consummated.
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  • There's no going back.
  • 00:41:24.130 --> 00:41:26.070
  • And in the end, Jacob works another seven years to marry
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  • Rachel, then he has two wives, which was common in those days.
  • 00:41:30.250 --> 00:41:34.280
  • But think look, in Jacob's eyes, I mean,
  • 00:41:34.290 --> 00:41:36.290
  • just think how angry you'd feel.
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  • And finally, now he's tricked.
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  • The trickster gets tricked, you know, and he--and just like--
  • 00:41:40.290 --> 00:41:44.090
  • but in this time of struggle, you find that he has 13--
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  • 12 sons and a daughter.
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  • God just begins to bless his life,
  • 00:41:50.280 --> 00:41:53.000
  • even though he's being tricked.
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  • When he wants to leave Laban says, "I can see that God
  • 00:41:55.110 --> 00:41:57.280
  • has blessed my farm and my flock because of you.
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  • Please stay and I'll split it with you."
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  • But then Laban tries to trick him and steal things.
  • 00:42:03.240 --> 00:42:06.040
  • And every time it happens, Jacob just gets
  • 00:42:06.050 --> 00:42:08.100
  • wealthier and wealthier.
  • 00:42:08.110 --> 00:42:10.040
  • And this is what I want you to hear.
  • 00:42:10.050 --> 00:42:11.220
  • The struggle that Jacob faces and all of that trickery, and
  • 00:42:11.230 --> 00:42:14.120
  • all of that deception that he experiences, and all that
  • 00:42:14.130 --> 00:42:17.030
  • injustice, only blesses him in the end, quite literally.
  • 00:42:17.040 --> 00:42:21.190
  • It's in the place of being away from home.
  • 00:42:21.200 --> 00:42:24.250
  • It's in the place of being afraid.
  • 00:42:24.260 --> 00:42:27.160
  • It's in the place of struggle that the blessing he received
  • 00:42:27.170 --> 00:42:31.100
  • becomes real.
  • 00:42:31.110 --> 00:42:34.020
  • And eventually, Jacob leaves a very wealthy man because he was
  • 00:42:34.030 --> 00:42:40.240
  • struggling, because he stayed in that place of discomfort.
  • 00:42:40.250 --> 00:42:46.280
  • Jacob's blessing is fulfilled under
  • 00:42:46.290 --> 00:42:49.190
  • the unfair treatment of Laban.
  • 00:42:49.200 --> 00:42:52.070
  • Think about that, guys.
  • 00:42:52.080 --> 00:42:54.200
  • You may be treated unfairly, you may be getting cheated,
  • 00:42:54.210 --> 00:42:57.060
  • but look, if you do the next right thing in your life and you
  • 00:42:57.070 --> 00:43:00.170
  • remain in the place that God has you, he can bring you blessing
  • 00:43:00.180 --> 00:43:04.070
  • any way he needs to.
  • 00:43:04.080 --> 00:43:06.250
  • So finally, after 20 years, Jacob decides--
  • 00:43:06.260 --> 00:43:10.140
  • well, actually God tells him, "Jacob, go home."
  • 00:43:10.150 --> 00:43:14.060
  • So, he gets his kids.
  • 00:43:14.070 --> 00:43:16.090
  • He's got all these little kids, right?
  • 00:43:16.100 --> 00:43:18.080
  • The oldest is gonna be like 19 down to, you know,
  • 00:43:18.090 --> 00:43:21.110
  • I don't know how old the youngest was, but presumably
  • 00:43:21.120 --> 00:43:23.180
  • a little guy or a little gal.
  • 00:43:23.190 --> 00:43:26.090
  • He's got his animals, and his wealth, and his servants, and
  • 00:43:26.100 --> 00:43:29.070
  • his wives, and he starts heading home back to where
  • 00:43:29.080 --> 00:43:33.170
  • his father's house is.
  • 00:43:33.180 --> 00:43:35.250
  • And he gets word that after all this time, after 20 years,
  • 00:43:35.260 --> 00:43:41.000
  • guess who's coming.
  • 00:43:41.010 --> 00:43:43.060
  • Esau.
  • 00:43:43.070 --> 00:43:45.090
  • Esau is on his way to meet Jacob, and he's not alone.
  • 00:43:45.100 --> 00:43:49.130
  • With him, he has 400 armed men.
  • 00:43:49.140 --> 00:43:54.250
  • Why do you think Esau left the land of his father to find Jacob
  • 00:43:54.260 --> 00:43:59.230
  • with 400 armed men?
  • 00:43:59.240 --> 00:44:02.190
  • You think it was put to protect him?
  • 00:44:02.200 --> 00:44:06.020
  • Jacob already knows.
  • 00:44:06.030 --> 00:44:07.260
  • God has told him to do this thing.
  • 00:44:07.270 --> 00:44:09.150
  • You know, God has told him to go back knowing
  • 00:44:09.160 --> 00:44:11.160
  • that this would happen.
  • 00:44:11.170 --> 00:44:13.020
  • And so, he begins to feel obviously very worried.
  • 00:44:13.030 --> 00:44:15.120
  • So, he has all this wealth now, right?
  • 00:44:15.130 --> 00:44:17.060
  • So, he's got all this wealth, but no soldiers.
  • 00:44:17.070 --> 00:44:20.020
  • And all these kids that he's gotta protect
  • 00:44:20.030 --> 00:44:22.210
  • and these wives that he has to save.
  • 00:44:22.220 --> 00:44:24.260
  • And so, he comes up with this idea.
  • 00:44:24.270 --> 00:44:26.150
  • He splits up his wealth into five sections and he tells
  • 00:44:26.160 --> 00:44:30.260
  • each of them, arrive a few hours apart.
  • 00:44:30.270 --> 00:44:33.290
  • Go ahead of us to sort of catch Esau,
  • 00:44:34.000 --> 00:44:36.280
  • and maybe we can pacify him by giving them gifts.
  • 00:44:36.290 --> 00:44:41.270
  • It's a very Jacob way of doing things, right?
  • 00:44:41.280 --> 00:44:44.000
  • So, he says, first he sends a bunch of goats and servants,
  • 00:44:44.010 --> 00:44:47.270
  • and then they go and they see Esau and they're like, "Esau,
  • 00:44:47.280 --> 00:44:51.150
  • hi, I'm Jacob's servant.
  • 00:44:51.160 --> 00:44:53.170
  • He just wants you to know here's some goats."
  • 00:44:53.180 --> 00:44:59.010
  • Okay, and then Esau says, "All right, all right,
  • 00:44:59.020 --> 00:45:01.170
  • we'll take the goats."
  • 00:45:01.180 --> 00:45:03.090
  • And he's like, all right, let's keep going, keep going,
  • 00:45:03.100 --> 00:45:04.270
  • sharpening their spears.
  • 00:45:04.280 --> 00:45:06.100
  • And then rams come, a guy with a bunch of rams.
  • 00:45:06.110 --> 00:45:07.280
  • "Esau, hi," several hours later, "Your brother Jacob is looking
  • 00:45:07.290 --> 00:45:11.110
  • forward to seeing you and here's some rams."
  • 00:45:11.120 --> 00:45:14.290
  • And this keeps happening five times, camels, then cows, then
  • 00:45:15.000 --> 00:45:18.280
  • donkeys, and all day, you know, as Esau is marching to murder
  • 00:45:18.290 --> 00:45:24.240
  • his brother and his family and steal other stuff, he keeps
  • 00:45:24.250 --> 00:45:27.170
  • getting all these gifts and these blessings
  • 00:45:27.180 --> 00:45:29.220
  • from his brother.
  • 00:45:29.230 --> 00:45:31.290
  • Finally, he hears that Esau is close.
  • 00:45:32.000 --> 00:45:34.000
  • And they arrived with the Jabbok River,
  • 00:45:34.010 --> 00:45:36.250
  • which is actually the Jordan.
  • 00:45:36.260 --> 00:45:38.220
  • It's a tributary of the Jordan.
  • 00:45:38.230 --> 00:45:40.110
  • This is kind of what it looks like.
  • 00:45:40.120 --> 00:45:42.180
  • This is the actual, this is the actual Jabbok River.
  • 00:45:42.190 --> 00:45:46.080
  • And think Jordan though because they want you to know
  • 00:45:46.090 --> 00:45:48.150
  • the southern part of the Jordan River.
  • 00:45:48.160 --> 00:45:50.070
  • Remember in the Bible, a lot of really important things happen
  • 00:45:50.080 --> 00:45:52.120
  • in the Jordan, particularly crossing the Jordan means
  • 00:45:52.130 --> 00:45:55.110
  • something incredible is about to happen in the person's life,
  • 00:45:55.120 --> 00:45:59.070
  • usually in their story.
  • 00:45:59.080 --> 00:46:01.230
  • So, he helps everyone across, all the kids, all the servants,
  • 00:46:01.240 --> 00:46:05.070
  • all the rest of the cattle, his wives,
  • 00:46:05.080 --> 00:46:07.210
  • and everybody gets across.
  • 00:46:07.220 --> 00:46:09.240
  • And now it's getting really dark and it's nighttime
  • 00:46:09.250 --> 00:46:11.250
  • and it says that he sends all of his stuff across.
  • 00:46:11.260 --> 00:46:14.110
  • And he's standing on the side of the river and it's nighttime.
  • 00:46:14.120 --> 00:46:17.020
  • And the Scripture says he has nothing and no one.
  • 00:46:17.030 --> 00:46:22.210
  • They're all on the other side of the river.
  • 00:46:22.220 --> 00:46:25.030
  • And there he is, he's getting ready to cross to meet Esau
  • 00:46:25.040 --> 00:46:30.100
  • and to be with his family.
  • 00:46:30.110 --> 00:46:32.110
  • As he's going, he sees a shadowy figure.
  • 00:46:32.120 --> 00:46:35.280
  • And he says, "Who's there?" No response.
  • 00:46:35.290 --> 00:46:40.220
  • He has no weapons. He has no money.
  • 00:46:40.230 --> 00:46:42.190
  • He has nothing.
  • 00:46:42.200 --> 00:46:44.170
  • "Who are you? Leah, is that you?"
  • 00:46:44.180 --> 00:46:46.280
  • No response.
  • 00:46:46.290 --> 00:46:48.270
  • "Rachel, is that you?" Nothing.
  • 00:46:48.280 --> 00:46:51.090
  • And then he thinks, "Esau," still nothing.
  • 00:46:51.100 --> 00:46:56.280
  • "Sir, who are you?"
  • 00:46:56.290 --> 00:46:59.100
  • No response.
  • 00:46:59.110 --> 00:47:01.220
  • "Sir, I must get to my family.
  • 00:47:01.230 --> 00:47:03.290
  • My wife and my kids, they're on the other side of the river.
  • 00:47:04.000 --> 00:47:06.110
  • I must pass you."
  • 00:47:06.120 --> 00:47:08.120
  • No response.
  • 00:47:08.130 --> 00:47:10.050
  • Takes a step to the left, the figure takes a step to the left.
  • 00:47:10.060 --> 00:47:13.280
  • Takes a step to the right, the figure takes us to the right.
  • 00:47:13.290 --> 00:47:17.110
  • "Sir, I need to pass. I need to get to my family."
  • 00:47:17.120 --> 00:47:19.210
  • No.
  • 00:47:19.220 --> 00:47:22.050
  • "Sir, move. I need to get to my family."
  • 00:47:22.060 --> 00:47:24.100
  • No.
  • 00:47:24.110 --> 00:47:26.070
  • "Out of the way!"
  • 00:47:26.080 --> 00:47:27.290
  • And right then, they get into this fight.
  • 00:47:28.000 --> 00:47:29.260
  • They begin to hold each other, grapple each other and fight.
  • 00:47:29.270 --> 00:47:32.090
  • And this person, whoever it is, will not let Jacob pass.
  • 00:47:32.100 --> 00:47:37.150
  • He needs to get to his family.
  • 00:47:37.160 --> 00:47:39.280
  • His family's gonna be all alone.
  • 00:47:39.290 --> 00:47:41.230
  • Esau's gonna cut them to ribbons, gonna kill them.
  • 00:47:41.240 --> 00:47:43.290
  • He's afraid, he's angry.
  • 00:47:44.000 --> 00:47:46.070
  • "Move, I need to get across."
  • 00:47:46.080 --> 00:47:48.070
  • This angel, God, whatever it is, won't let him go.
  • 00:47:48.080 --> 00:47:51.270
  • It says all night they wrestled like this fighting, all night.
  • 00:47:51.280 --> 00:47:56.170
  • I don't know if you've ever been a wrestler.
  • 00:47:56.180 --> 00:47:58.180
  • My dad was actually a wrestler in high School,
  • 00:47:58.190 --> 00:48:00.240
  • and I think he almost went to the Olympics.
  • 00:48:00.250 --> 00:48:02.210
  • He was very good.
  • 00:48:02.220 --> 00:48:04.220
  • And wrestling is supposed to be one of the most difficult,
  • 00:48:04.230 --> 00:48:07.210
  • physical athletic things to do.
  • 00:48:07.220 --> 00:48:09.200
  • I think the only thing harder is supposed to be water polo.
  • 00:48:09.210 --> 00:48:11.250
  • So imagine, Jacob is doing this punching, grabbing, moving,
  • 00:48:11.260 --> 00:48:16.210
  • trying to pass this guy for hours, and hours, and hours,
  • 00:48:16.220 --> 00:48:20.090
  • and something starts to change in the middle of the fight.
  • 00:48:20.100 --> 00:48:24.130
  • All of a sudden, the dark night, you start to see
  • 00:48:24.140 --> 00:48:27.170
  • a little bit of a gleam on the horizon.
  • 00:48:27.180 --> 00:48:30.070
  • It looks like the sun is about to come up.
  • 00:48:30.080 --> 00:48:33.080
  • And all of a sudden, this angel who is prohibiting Jacob from
  • 00:48:33.090 --> 00:48:38.240
  • crossing the river now wants to get away 'cause the sun
  • 00:48:38.250 --> 00:48:41.150
  • is about to come up.
  • 00:48:41.160 --> 00:48:43.150
  • And what does Jacob say?
  • 00:48:43.160 --> 00:48:45.030
  • "No, I won't let you go."
  • 00:48:45.040 --> 00:48:46.270
  • So, the one who is stopping him from crossing the river now
  • 00:48:46.280 --> 00:48:50.030
  • is trying to let Jacob go, and Jacob won't let him go.
  • 00:48:50.040 --> 00:48:54.230
  • You might say that the struggle became an embrace.
  • 00:48:54.240 --> 00:49:02.230
  • You might say that what was experienced originally as an
  • 00:49:02.240 --> 00:49:08.030
  • obstacle became something that brought Jacob closer
  • 00:49:08.040 --> 00:49:12.170
  • to whoever this person was.
  • 00:49:12.180 --> 00:49:15.200
  • They're wrestling and this guy is trying to get away.
  • 00:49:15.210 --> 00:49:18.010
  • And so, he takes his fingers and he touches Jacob's hip socket.
  • 00:49:18.020 --> 00:49:21.100
  • Jacob won't let him go and it happens, he shrieks in pain.
  • 00:49:21.110 --> 00:49:25.240
  • You know, this horrible thing happened,
  • 00:49:25.250 --> 00:49:27.200
  • still won't let him go.
  • 00:49:27.210 --> 00:49:29.190
  • Finally, for the first time this angel, or God Himself,
  • 00:49:29.200 --> 00:49:32.060
  • we don't know, speaks and says, "Let me go,
  • 00:49:32.070 --> 00:49:35.140
  • the sun is coming up."
  • 00:49:35.150 --> 00:49:37.130
  • He says, "I won't let you go."
  • 00:49:37.140 --> 00:49:39.130
  • "Let me go."
  • 00:49:39.140 --> 00:49:41.050
  • And what does Jacob say?
  • 00:49:41.060 --> 00:49:42.220
  • "I will not let you go until you bless me."
  • 00:49:42.230 --> 00:49:51.000
  • Think about this.
  • 00:49:51.010 --> 00:49:52.280
  • Jacob knows who he's wrestling with.
  • 00:49:52.290 --> 00:49:55.010
  • All the stuff on his shoulders, all the stuff that he's facing,
  • 00:49:55.020 --> 00:49:58.140
  • now he's been injured.
  • 00:49:58.150 --> 00:50:00.190
  • He will not let go of God until he blesses him.
  • 00:50:00.200 --> 00:50:04.190
  • And what is his response?
  • 00:50:04.200 --> 00:50:06.170
  • He says, "What is your name?"
  • 00:50:06.180 --> 00:50:10.050
  • He says, "My name is Jacob."
  • 00:50:10.060 --> 00:50:13.090
  • He says, "You will no longer be Jacob."
  • 00:50:13.100 --> 00:50:16.090
  • Jacob the word, name Jacob, by the way, means the one who grabs
  • 00:50:16.100 --> 00:50:19.070
  • the heel, someone who's always trying to catch everybody and
  • 00:50:19.080 --> 00:50:22.230
  • catch up with everyone, always trying to catch his brother
  • 00:50:22.240 --> 00:50:25.030
  • Esau's heel, always trying to catch a blessing,
  • 00:50:25.040 --> 00:50:27.170
  • always trying to get ahead, never can.
  • 00:50:27.180 --> 00:50:30.050
  • In Hebrew, it really means the deceiver, the trickster,
  • 00:50:30.060 --> 00:50:32.280
  • the shrewd one.
  • 00:50:32.290 --> 00:50:35.080
  • He said, "You're no longer gonna be the trickster, the deceiver,
  • 00:50:35.090 --> 00:50:37.240
  • the one who grabs or wrestles with the heel, you are gonna
  • 00:50:37.250 --> 00:50:42.020
  • be the one who wrestles with God, Israel.
  • 00:50:42.030 --> 00:50:45.070
  • That's what Israel means, the one who wrestles or struggles
  • 00:50:45.080 --> 00:50:47.170
  • with God, for you have struggled with God and with humans,
  • 00:50:47.180 --> 00:50:52.150
  • and you have overcome."
  • 00:50:52.160 --> 00:50:56.050
  • That is the blessing, a new name, a new identity, that Jacob
  • 00:50:56.060 --> 00:51:03.130
  • himself has now become a new man, one who wrestles with God
  • 00:51:03.140 --> 00:51:08.070
  • and with humans for the better, one who sees that the struggle
  • 00:51:08.080 --> 00:51:12.040
  • becomes the embrace.
  • 00:51:12.050 --> 00:51:15.040
  • And this angel, or God, or whoever it is, disappears.
  • 00:51:15.050 --> 00:51:18.170
  • And now this guy who used to be so athletic
  • 00:51:18.180 --> 00:51:22.200
  • and so young now looks like an old man.
  • 00:51:22.210 --> 00:51:25.190
  • He's got this limp. He's exhausted.
  • 00:51:25.200 --> 00:51:29.240
  • He crosses the river and he's still maybe
  • 00:51:29.250 --> 00:51:33.030
  • more resolute and determined.
  • 00:51:33.040 --> 00:51:35.120
  • He walks past his herd, and his family, and his kids,
  • 00:51:35.130 --> 00:51:41.010
  • and everybody, and he walks to the very front
  • 00:51:41.020 --> 00:51:43.040
  • and on the distance is Esau with all of his violent men.
  • 00:51:43.050 --> 00:51:49.170
  • And Jacob just gets closer and closer and closer.
  • 00:51:49.180 --> 00:51:54.110
  • And like the prodigal son, by the way, you want to hear this
  • 00:51:54.120 --> 00:51:57.120
  • when you read the prodigal son.
  • 00:51:57.130 --> 00:51:59.220
  • Esau sees him from afar off, runs to him, throws his arms
  • 00:51:59.230 --> 00:52:05.280
  • around his brother, kisses him, and they begin weeping.
  • 00:52:05.290 --> 00:52:12.090
  • Just like in the story with God, the struggle with his brother
  • 00:52:12.100 --> 00:52:16.020
  • becomes an embrace, the struggle becomes an embrace.
  • 00:52:16.030 --> 00:52:20.140
  • The struggle becomes the embrace.
  • 00:52:20.150 --> 00:52:22.290
  • The struggle makes you stronger.
  • 00:52:23.000 --> 00:52:25.010
  • The struggle makes you stronger, makes your friends
  • 00:52:25.020 --> 00:52:27.070
  • and family stronger, it makes your faith stronger.
  • 00:52:27.080 --> 00:52:29.280
  • The struggle makes us stronger.
  • 00:52:29.290 --> 00:52:34.140
  • We don't like to struggle. We like to know.
  • 00:52:34.150 --> 00:52:39.000
  • We don't like to struggle. We want things to be well.
  • 00:52:39.010 --> 00:52:41.250
  • But for Jacob, it's this limp and this experience of
  • 00:52:41.260 --> 00:52:44.220
  • struggling that makes him the fulfillment of God's promise and
  • 00:52:44.230 --> 00:52:50.050
  • makes his namesake the name of the people themselves, Israel.
  • 00:52:50.060 --> 00:52:54.150
  • By the way, just as an aside, this limp is important for
  • 00:52:54.160 --> 00:52:59.020
  • leaders to have.
  • 00:52:59.030 --> 00:53:01.240
  • It is the limp that makes you a leader.
  • 00:53:01.250 --> 00:53:05.040
  • Imagine for a moment that you are a king or a president,
  • 00:53:05.050 --> 00:53:08.240
  • and you are going to war, and you had to pick
  • 00:53:08.250 --> 00:53:11.080
  • between two generals.
  • 00:53:11.090 --> 00:53:13.200
  • And the military brought before you two guys, and you didn't
  • 00:53:13.210 --> 00:53:15.270
  • know anything about them except for how they look, okay?
  • 00:53:15.280 --> 00:53:18.050
  • And you're looking at two guys, and one is in pristine shape.
  • 00:53:18.060 --> 00:53:22.060
  • He looks clean and well cut, got a great haircut,
  • 00:53:22.070 --> 00:53:25.150
  • beautiful, winning smile.
  • 00:53:25.160 --> 00:53:27.250
  • He's like, "Sir, I'm ready to lead the armies."
  • 00:53:27.260 --> 00:53:31.010
  • And then there's a guy standing next to him and he's got no leg.
  • 00:53:31.020 --> 00:53:33.270
  • He's just like on a thing.
  • 00:53:33.280 --> 00:53:35.220
  • He's got a scar across his face and maybe a hook for his hand.
  • 00:53:35.230 --> 00:53:38.210
  • And he looks at you, and he says,
  • 00:53:38.220 --> 00:53:40.170
  • "Sir, I'm ready to lead the army," you know?
  • 00:53:40.180 --> 00:53:44.250
  • Who do you pick?
  • 00:53:44.260 --> 00:53:47.110
  • In all honesty, you pick that guy.
  • 00:53:47.120 --> 00:53:50.180
  • It's the limp that makes you a leader.
  • 00:53:50.190 --> 00:53:52.250
  • It's the scars.
  • 00:53:52.260 --> 00:53:54.260
  • It's the lost limbs, it's the experience.
  • 00:53:54.270 --> 00:53:57.040
  • It's the suffering that when people look at you,
  • 00:53:57.050 --> 00:53:59.000
  • they take you seriously.
  • 00:53:59.010 --> 00:54:01.130
  • It's the suffering that makes you qualified to be
  • 00:54:01.140 --> 00:54:03.140
  • a difference maker.
  • 00:54:03.150 --> 00:54:05.220
  • Nobody wants to suffer, I don't want to suffer, right?
  • 00:54:05.230 --> 00:54:10.230
  • But when we do, we find that it gives us--
  • 00:54:10.240 --> 00:54:13.270
  • there's a deeper gift within that thing
  • 00:54:13.280 --> 00:54:16.220
  • and it's that limp, which by the way, Jacob,
  • 00:54:16.230 --> 00:54:19.080
  • now Israel, will have the rest of his life.
  • 00:54:19.090 --> 00:54:21.120
  • He'll always have a pain in his hip.
  • 00:54:21.130 --> 00:54:23.120
  • He'll always walk with a limp,
  • 00:54:23.130 --> 00:54:25.060
  • but he'll remember where he got it,
  • 00:54:25.070 --> 00:54:26.280
  • and he'll remember what it means.
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  • It means that he's qualified to lead.
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  • Okay, all this to say in our relationship with God
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  • as Christians, there's sometimes things that we find
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  • that are hard to deal with.
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  • We have people in our lives that say it's absolutely this way,
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  • and yet we're not sure.
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  • We have experiences in our life.
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  • We're like, "God, I can't follow a God who."
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  • And so like in many of our relationships,
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  • instead of wrestling with God, we walk away.
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  • And yet, the opposite is bad too.
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  • If in your faith, you know everything.
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  • You've got everything figured out.
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  • There's nothing else left to learn.
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  • You're in danger, friend, you're in danger of being like
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  • the Pharisees, of having a type of faith that is rigid.
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  • See, all of us want to be in one of those two places
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  • in our relationship with God.
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  • We either want to know everything, or something that we
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  • don't know or understood, we just want to walk away.
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  • And this is what we can learn from our Jewish mothers and
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  • fathers is that they constantly live in the struggle
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  • with God every day.
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  • They're always asking questions, going deeper, and they're okay
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  • with being in a place of mystery with some things with God.
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  • You can be there too.
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  • It might make that Western, you know, European part of your--
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  • if you're an educated person and you need the facts,
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  • and you need to know things.
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  • It might make you feel uncomfortable,
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  • it does for me sometimes.
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  • But know that Israel, that our people, are known as the ones
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  • who don't have all the answers about God.
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  • We are the ones who struggle with God.
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  • And number two, the same goes for our relationships.
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  • Very often in our relationships, we don't like being
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  • in a place of struggle.
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  • We either yield and just do everything they say,
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  • or we walk away, or we enforce ourselves and always,
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  • or we just always want things to be well all the time.
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  • Humans don't want to struggle with humans,
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  • they just want everything to be well.
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  • But if I can teach you anything about friendship,
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  • or about marriage, or parenting, what little I do know is this,
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  • there is no such thing as an easy relationship.
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  • It doesn't exist.
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  • The deeper you go with people, the more you have to be willing
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  • to be in that place of struggle.
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  • And if you stay in that struggle with your kids, your spouse,
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  • with your friends and people you love,
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  • and you don't just walk away,
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  • and you don't demand that things have to be well all the time,
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  • but you continue to talk and struggle,
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  • I believe your struggle will turn into an embrace.
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  • The same goes with God.
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  • Don't walk away from the Lord
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  • because you're struggling with something.
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  • God wants to turn that struggle into an embrace.
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  • And just watch, as you wrestle with him, he'll bring you
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  • to something new and something special in your faith.
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  • Lord, we love you and we thank you.
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  • We ask in Jesus's name for your Holy Spirit.
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  • The Spirit comforts.
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  • Lord, you don't often give us clarity on certain things,
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  • but you do give us comfort.
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  • And so, we ask for that and we receive it.
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  • And we pray, Father, that in the struggle we would receive
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  • the blessing that you promised.
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  • Lord, remember your covenant with your people.
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  • I pray in Jesus's name that they'd be above and not beneath,
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  • the head and not the tail, amen.
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