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August 14, 2019
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  • Come join us for our simulcast for Living Proof live
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  • in 2019, September 28th.
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  • Our home base will be Woodstock, Georgia,
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  • but the beauty of it is you can come from anywhere.
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  • You don't have to go anywhere to come as long
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  • as you have online access.
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  • You can do it from home.
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  • You can do it anywhere that you can throw in your headphones.
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  • You can do it with a small group.
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  • You can do it at a church that may have a gathering
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  • that is going to be a host church for the event.
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  • Wherever it might be, come be part of it.
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  • We can't wait to see what God would speak over us.
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  • We'll worship, we'll be in the Word of God,
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  • and we anticipate him doing more than we could ask or imagine.
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  • I hope so much you'll join us.
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  • Now, if I'm gonna embrace you, my arms need to go
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  • all the way around.
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  • But if I'm gonna hug you, I can just sort of do this right here,
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  • and I'll just start with the patting, just start right here.
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  • Because it's gonna go quickly, a one-armed hug.
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  • That's one thing. That's one thing.
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  • All it takes--I don't even have to know you.
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  • I hug people I don't know all the time because a hug
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  • only takes an arm, but an embrace takes the heart.
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  • All right, what we're gonna do for the next 30 minutes
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  • of our lesson is look at 3 different places
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  • in the Scriptures where we're going to see
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  • a physical embrace.
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  • Let me remind you what concept is in play as we introduce it
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  • because we're gonna try to look--so often, if we can look
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  • in literal terms, if we can see something in a physical context,
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  • and then by the time we then need to move into what it means
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  • to embrace this kingdom life, to embrace this God life,
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  • to embrace this Jesus following where it is the closest thing
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  • in our arms, where we are following Jesus so closely that,
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  • literally, when he's steppin' a foot forward, we're doin' it
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  • right behind him because you know what?
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  • We got him right here. We got him right here.
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  • And by the time we get there, we'll know what's in play.
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  • So, three different places.
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  • I've gotta tell ya, we're gonna spend the most time
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  • on the first one and just a little time on the second two
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  • because they're three different contexts,
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  • three different ways of doing it,
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  • three different reasons why they're embracing,
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  • and I think you're gonna love it.
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  • Turn with me to Genesis 32 and 33.
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  • That's where we're gonna start.
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  • Now, I'm gonna have to do for the sake of a time a good bit
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  • of supplying the story, and these are such rich stories
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  • that you're gonna wanna take your time with 'em
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  • if you're not familiar with them because I'm not gonna
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  • be able to do justice to them.
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  • These are different segments of Scripture we could spend
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  • all weekend on and still not get to the bottom of 'em.
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  • But I want you to see, and for our purposes, we're gonna land
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  • on the narrative involving Jacob.
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  • There are three major patriarchs that are in the book of Genesis:
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  • Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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  • Jacob is the grandson of Abraham.
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  • He is the son of Isaac.
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  • Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons.
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  • Esau was the firstborn.
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  • Jacob was the second-born, and Jacob was literally born
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  • into this world grabbing his brother's heel.
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  • So his name was Jacob, "The heel grabber."
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  • It is a name that means "the supplanter."
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  • It is a name that means "the cheater."
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  • It is a name that means "the deceiver."
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  • And, boy, does he live up to his name.
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  • And he ends up cheating his big brother not only out of his
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  • birthright, but then out of his father's blessing
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  • to the firstborn son.
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  • And they've had to go two different directions,
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  • or one of 'em was probably going to do damage,
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  • if not kill the other.
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  • So, Jacob has had to go to another relative's house where
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  • he has fallen in love with a woman, then been tricked
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  • into marrying her sister before he ever marries her.
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  • Now, let me tell you something.
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  • Sometimes when God has in mind to cure us, he will give us
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  • a taste of our own medicine.
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  • Can I have an "Amen" from anybody in the house?
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  • Anybody realize that what you really could not stand
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  • in somebody was what you saw in yourself?
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  • That's a treacherous way to learn, when you're starin' at
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  • yourself and somebody you can hardly stand, and, boy,
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  • I have been there.
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  • So this is Jacob.
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  • Now, before we get to the embracing part,
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  • I need to talk to you about the bracing part.
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  • Because remember that word that is that "bracchia" word
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  • that means "the arm."
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  • If you saw the word "brace" and you saw the word "embrace,"
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  • what is the difference between the two?
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  • Well, both of 'em take the arms, so all bracing needs
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  • is the arms.
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  • It doesn't anything in it. It just needs the arms.
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  • So, if I were gonna brace myself, there are a couple
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  • of different ways I would do it.
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  • Like, I would hold back like this or I would hold like this.
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  • If I saw an accident coming, if I knew I was about to hit
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  • something, I would brace myself against the steering wheel,
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  • and press my foot into that brake.
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  • I would be bracing myself.
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  • So I want you to make the contrast tonight between bracing
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  • and embracing because before we see the embrace,
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  • we're going to see the brace.
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  • Because here's what's about to happen.
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  • Jacob is now going to leave with his family.
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  • He's gonna leave Laban at Laban's house and he is gonna go
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  • on to his own land where he is supposed to be, taking all
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  • his people with him, only, he knows he's got to go through
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  • his brother's land first.
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  • It's been 20 years since they've seen one another.
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  • All this time for vengeance and revenge and all this hatred
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  • and bitterness to grow, and Jacob knows he's about to travel
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  • through his brother's land, and he is about to take his life
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  • into his own hands.
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  • And, boy, do you have somebody bracing himself for it
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  • because here's what happens.
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  • And I wanna read you this little portion right here.
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  • Genesis 32, pick up with me at verse 3: "And Jacob sent
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  • "messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir,
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  • "the country of Edom, instructing them,
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  • "'Thus you shall say to my lord Esau:
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  • "'Thus says your servant Jacob,
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  • "'I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now.
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  • "'I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants,
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  • "'and female servants.
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  • "'I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor
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  • in your sight.'"
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  • Well, when they come back, it says, "They return,"
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  • in verse 6, "to Jacob, saying,
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  • "'We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you,
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  • "and there are four hundred men with him.'
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  • "And Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.
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  • "He divided the people that were with him into two flocks,
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  • "all the herds, camels, into two camps, thinking,
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  • "'If Esau comes to one camp and attacks,
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  • then the other camp that is left will escape.'"
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  • Then we see Jacob do something really wonderful.
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  • He prays, and he prays, "God," I mean, essentially,
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  • I mean, "protect me.
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  • "Protect me, just by your own goodness, protect your servant.
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  • You told me you would be with me, protect me."
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  • But then he does what we so often do.
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  • We pray, and then we scheme.
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  • We pray, and then we scheme.
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  • We pray, and then we scheme.
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  • So, he's already prayed, but just in case,
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  • he better back it up with a plan.
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  • So he starts putting together this huge gift,
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  • all these animals, everything you can imagine.
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  • He starts preparing this huge gift that he might appease
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  • his brother.
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  • So, now, he's gonna buy back--"If I bring him all these
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  • gifts, maybe he won't do anything."
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  • Look with me.
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  • It says in verse 20, same chapter, 32:
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  • "And you shall say," "when you see Esau,"
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  • he's tellin' his servants ahead.
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  • "'Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.'
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  • "For he thought, 'I may appease him with the present
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  • "'that goes ahead of me,
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  • "'and afterwards I will see his face.
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  • And perhaps he will accept me.'"
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  • There's our word because we already learned, accepting
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  • and embracing, world of difference between the two.
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  • "So the present passed on ahead of him, and he himself stayed
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  • that night in the camp."
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  • Well, if you know anything about the story of Jacob, you know
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  • the story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel.
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  • All by himself, and this mysterious one comes to him
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  • and wrestles the night through with him.
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  • And it says, as he wrestles with him, pick up with me
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  • at verse 24: "And Jacob was left alone.
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  • "And a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
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  • "And when the Man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob,
  • 00:09:21.050 --> 00:09:24.220
  • "he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint
  • 00:09:24.230 --> 00:09:27.280
  • "as he wrestled with him.
  • 00:09:27.290 --> 00:09:29.130
  • "And then he said, 'Let me go, for the day has broken.'
  • 00:09:29.140 --> 00:09:31.210
  • "But Jacob said, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.'
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  • "And he said to him, 'What is your name?'
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  • "And he said, 'Jacob.'
  • 00:09:38.290 --> 00:09:40.100
  • "And then he said, 'Your name shall no longer be called Jacob,
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  • "'but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men,
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  • "and you have prevailed.'
  • 00:09:46.120 --> 00:09:48.090
  • "And Jacob asked him, 'Please tell me your name.'
  • 00:09:48.100 --> 00:09:50.170
  • "But he said, 'Why is it that you ask my name?'
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  • And there he blessed him."
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  • And this is how we know that he believed it to be God.
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  • Verse 30: "So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel,
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:03.040
  • "saying, 'For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life
  • 00:10:03.050 --> 00:10:06.220
  • "has been delivered.'
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  • "And the sun rose upon him as he passed that place,
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  • limping because of his hip."
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  • "What is your name?"
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  • "Jacob, heel grabber,
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  • cheater, deceiver, liar."
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  • "Your name shall no longer be Jacob,
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:32.070
  • "for it shall be Israel,
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  • and it's a name that means 'he struggles with God.'"
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  • You know what happened in that place I think?
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  • I think what happened there is it was Jacob's
  • 00:10:45.270 --> 00:10:48.030
  • first honest fight.
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  • He had fought dirty all his life, and that was his first
  • 00:10:51.010 --> 00:10:54.180
  • honest fight, and he wrestled, and he wrestled,
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  • and he wrestled.
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  • And when the Angel of God could see that he was not
  • 00:11:01.040 --> 00:11:03.090
  • going to quit, he just touched his hip socket.
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  • That's all there was to it, and it popped out of joint.
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  • And he blessed him with a brand-new name
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  • because he had wrestled honestly.
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  • And I've been thinking here lately, there's a little bit of
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  • Jacob in all of us, isn't there?
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  • And sometimes God will lead us through a wrestling match
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  • so that he can wrestle out that deceptive part of us
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  • and bring out the one willing to wrestle honestly and truthfully.
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  • Colossians 3:9 and 10, it's just gonna spit it out to us,
  • 00:11:43.120 --> 00:11:46.270
  • as the Apostle Paul as a mind to do: "Do not lie to one another,
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  • "seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:55.130
  • "and have put on the new self, which is being renewed
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  • in knowledge after the image of its Creator."
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  • "Do not lie to one another."
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  • Because here's how it goes.
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  • In the most familiar conversation of all,
  • 00:12:06.260 --> 00:12:10.150
  • "Hey, what's wrong?"
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:12.210
  • What is always our answer?
  • 00:12:12.220 --> 00:12:16.030
  • "Nothing."
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:17.180
  • And there's never nothing wrong, never nothing.
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  • And I wanna tell you somethin'.
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  • Somehow we've got it in our heads that our simmering
  • 00:12:27.220 --> 00:12:31.150
  • resentment is godlier than our deception,
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  • and we are refusing to deal
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  • with conflict in our minds for the sake
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  • of the relationship.
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  • And so, instead of wrestling through it, we just lie.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little joy on them today?
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  • We're going to lift it up and let the name of Jesus
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  • go forth in this place in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:14:13.270 --> 00:14:18.070
  • And I think what God's going to remind us of today
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  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's going to tie up every thread
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  • where you are concerned?
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  • That he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're going to get some confidence in him today
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say hallelujah?
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
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  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • Do you remember back there with that Colossians passage
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  • where it said, "Do not lie to one another, seeing that you
  • 00:14:58.290 --> 00:15:00.270
  • have put off the old self with its practices"?
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:03.220
  • Practices, that's a key word there because, listen, nothing
  • 00:15:03.230 --> 00:15:09.260
  • is harder for us to see in ourselves than our practices
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  • because what makes practice practice is that
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:18.230
  • it's taken a lot of practice.
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  • And so we've practiced it so much that it's hard to recognize
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  • because it's just like in there.
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  • And I wanna submit to you today that all of us in this room
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  • have certain relational practices,
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:38.240
  • the way we practice relationship.
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  • And for some of us, I would be so bold to say,
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  • unless we've dealt with our inner Jacob--because
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  • the Bible says,
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  • "The heart is deceitful above all things."
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  • So, unless we've dealt, almost certainly we have
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  • deceptive relational practices.
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  • To come to a place to walk in truth, even to the degree of,
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  • "You know what? There is somethin' wrong.
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  • But I'm not ready to share it right now."
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  • Or, "Maybe there is somethin' wrong, but you know what, baby?
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  • It has nothin' to do with you."
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:22.070
  • Every now and then, if Keith just stays at me, I'll go,
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  • "Baby, the thing of it is, I'm not upset with you,
  • 00:16:24.060 --> 00:16:26.110
  • "but if you keep at it, I'm gonna think it is you,
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  • "and it's not, it's not.
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  • Run for your life. Run for your life."
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  • Because I think there's some dishonesty that's just
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:41.030
  • unraveling our relational capacity, and I think that it's
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:46.170
  • possible that, for believers, it may even be a stronger tendency
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  • because we'll think, "For the sake of the relationship,
  • 00:16:56.060 --> 00:16:59.250
  • I better lie."
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  • And we can't be close to someone we keep lying to.
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  • And if we can't bring our honest selves,
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  • somethin's wrong with that relationship.
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  • Genesis 32:22 through 31 talks about Jacob wrestling
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:26.280
  • with the angel.
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  • Then we got him walkin' off with a limp, and then we start at 33,
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:34.230
  • just four verses.
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  • He's braced himself all this time, braced himself
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  • all this time, braced himself all this time.
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  • Only now, only now, God is going to let him deal
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  • with an old conflict as his new self.
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  • Okay, listen to me because I think somebody here is gonna
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:55.040
  • have some newness put in them this weekend, and you're gonna
  • 00:17:55.050 --> 00:17:58.150
  • have to go back and deal with an old situation,
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  • but not as your old self,
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  • but with our renewed self, with our renewed mind,
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  • with our renewed confidence, with our renewed authenticity.
  • 00:18:11.070 --> 00:18:17.040
  • It says, "And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold,
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:19.280
  • "Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him.
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:25.100
  • "So he divided up the children among them, Leah and Rachel
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:28.030
  • "and the two female servants.
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:29.130
  • "And he put the servants with their children in front, then
  • 00:18:29.140 --> 00:18:31.170
  • "Leah and her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all.
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  • Then he went on before them."
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  • Oh, suddenly, suddenly he's in front.
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  • Somethin's happened to him in that wrestling match.
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  • "Bowing himself to the ground seven times,
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:44.090
  • "until he came near to his brother.
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  • But Esau ran."
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  • I want you to get this picture because here's Jacob, limpin',
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  • limpin', bowin', limpin', bowin', limpin', bowin'.
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  • And here's Esau, runnin' full speed ahead.
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  • "And Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell
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  • on his neck and he kissed him, and they wept."
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  • All that bracin' himself.
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  • Do you see the contrast between the two brothers?
  • 00:19:11.020 --> 00:19:14.240
  • One bracin' himself, and the other one goin',
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  • "My brother, my brother."
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  • What a picture of reconciliation.
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  • Don't you think that it's true that it's a lot harder to
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:34.130
  • demonize somebody once you see 'em face to face again?
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:38.090
  • Oh, we hadn't seen them in years.
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  • And, I mean, in our minds, they have grown horns.
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  • They have, like, all these, like, red, purple veins
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:51.190
  • all over their face.
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  • They've, like, grown fangs.
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  • And, I mean, and we've got 'em saddled with everything
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  • they've ever done wrong.
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  • It is everything they are.
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:02.070
  • And then we run into 'em at an airport,
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:06.090
  • run into 'em in an unexpected place, and maybe, maybe,
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:12.230
  • maybe we touch them, and they're warm.
  • 00:20:12.240 --> 00:20:18.160
  • And maybe there's a bruise on 'em, and they actually bruise
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  • when they get hurt.
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  • Bones break, hearts break.
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:39.040
  • Isn't it something that, when Esau embraced Jacob,
  • 00:20:42.230 --> 00:20:46.250
  • they both cried?
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  • Sometimes I don't want somebody to touch me when I'm upset
  • 00:20:49.050 --> 00:20:51.020
  • 'cause I don't wanna cry.
  • 00:20:51.030 --> 00:20:54.100
  • Every now and then, I'll tell somethin' to my staff,
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:55.250
  • and I'll want them to stand back while I'll tell 'em.
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  • "And you can pray over me, but don't touch me."
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  • Because I know if they touch me, I'm gonna dissolve.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talkin' about?
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  • 'Cause there's somethin' about it.
  • 00:21:04.180 --> 00:21:06.170
  • There's somethin' about it.
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  • Listen, don't think for a minute wrestling with God is not
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  • a form with intimacy.
  • 00:21:12.280 --> 00:21:15.000
  • When you're wrestling with somebody, you're face to face
  • 00:21:15.010 --> 00:21:16.270
  • with 'em, and you're touchin'.
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  • Listen, I have a feeling that one of the most important
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:21.090
  • reasons God has brought us into this place is that a whole lot
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:24.290
  • of us in this room have been wrestlin' with God about
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:27.130
  • something, and he's gonna take that wrestling
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:29.090
  • to a full embrace.
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:31.290
  • And you may think, "Well, I'm gonna embrace him.
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  • "It's gonna go from wrestling to embrace
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  • as soon as I understand."
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  • Well, you know what?
  • 00:21:36.190 --> 00:21:38.050
  • There was nothin' about that scene that Jacob understood.
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:40.110
  • It was so mysterious.
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:43.170
  • He just knew, "You are great and glorious with the power to bless
  • 00:21:43.180 --> 00:21:49.190
  • "and with the power to change what I am called
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:55.270
  • and how I walk."
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  • Sometimes we have to wrestle our way to a real embrace.
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:04.220
  • Maybe you've been callin' your wrestling with God
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:07.020
  • how mad you are.
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:08.220
  • Maybe you are.
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:10.290
  • But do you know that it's not a bad thing to actually
  • 00:22:11.000 --> 00:22:12.290
  • wrestle with him?
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  • It's not bad.
  • 00:22:14.150 --> 00:22:16.270
  • Man, you're close.
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:18.130
  • Have you ever wrestled with anybody you weren't close to?
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  • I mean, you're touchin', all right.
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  • Maybe, maybe it was his own form of intimacy.
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  • I want to read these words out of Acts 20, verse 36 through 38:
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  • "And when he had said these things, he knelt down
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:42.050
  • "and prayed with them all.
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:43.180
  • "And there was much weeping on the part of all;
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:46.200
  • "and they embraced Paul and kissed him,
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:50.050
  • "being sorrowful most of all because of the word
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:53.060
  • "he had spoken, that they would not see his face again.
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  • And they accompanied him to the ship."
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  • See the difference between that and our portion
  • 00:22:59.040 --> 00:23:01.050
  • about Esau and Jacob?
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  • A greeting embrace, Paul and the elders, a goodbye embrace.
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  • When Amanda and Curt were moving to England for five months to do
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  • mission work--I'm very, very close to my daughters.
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  • They are my very best friends.
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  • And when it was the day that they were to go the airport and
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  • I would not see her again for all of these months, she said to
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  • me so loving that morning, with her hands on my arms,
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  • "Mom, Daddy's gonna take us to the airport."
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  • And I knew why.
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  • And she said, "You and me, we're not gonna be able to take this."
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  • She said, "I'm gonna say, 'Bye,' to you right here,"
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  • a goodbye embrace.
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  • Then there's this other kind of embrace 'cause I want you
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  • to have all three of these in your mind.
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  • There's this portion at the very opening of the book of Ruth.
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  • You might know the story.
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  • Naomi is the mother of two sons, two grown sons.
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  • Naomi and her husband has lived in Moab because they had been
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  • in the land of Judah, Jews.
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  • And there had been a great famine, and they'd moved
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  • where the food was.
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  • And their sons had come into adulthood,
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  • and they had taken Moabite wives.
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  • Well, Naomi's husband dies, then both the sons die.
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  • And so Naomi says to them, "I'm going back home.
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  • "There's food back home.
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  • "I'm gonna leave you here, and I'm gonna say,
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  • 'Goodbye,' and both of you go."
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  • Only, one of 'em does what she says, and the other one--
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  • I wanna read just this little portion to you out of
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  • The Message, where it says: "They cried openly.
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  • "Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye;
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  • but Ruth embraced her and held on."
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  • You know what I'm talkin' about?
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  • When they got their leg around you.
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  • There is this, "You ain't goin' anywhere without me," embrace.
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  • Sure enough, she has to take her because what do you do with
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  • someone wound on your person?
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  • "Where you go, I go; where you live, I'll live.
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  • "And your people will be my people, your God is my God;
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  • so help me God."
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  • Embrace.
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  • Jesus, where you go I am going.
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  • If it kills me, I am going.
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  • Your people shall be my people, whether I like them or not.
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  • Because this is the, "Ain't letting you go,"
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  • embrace.
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  • I am sick to death of us playing church.
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  • I am sick of it.
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  • I am sick of our beautiful, spectacular little Instagram
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  • posts that make our lives look all filtered like the sun
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  • always shines through the window just right.
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  • I'm sick of it.
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  • I want somebody to take an Instagram post like this:
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  • [blowing raspberries]
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