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October 27, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Ed Young: Jacob, now there's a guy.
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  • By definition, his name means "slick."
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  • It does.
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  • Deceiver, usurper, con artist.
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  • What a low down, dirty, rotten scoundrel he was and he lived
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  • up to his name.
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  • So, we're going to excavate Jacob.
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  • And by the way, we see these personalities not just
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  • to understand the Bible in history.
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  • We see and study their lives, and the Holy Spirit speaks
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  • to you and speaks to me, and gives us warning and insight
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  • as we see how God works all the way through history.
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  • And it is a wakeup call for us, a moment of truth for us.
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  • And now we look at Jacob and we're going to look at his
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  • life through just four different places in which he stayed,
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  • sometimes for a short time, sometimes for a long time.
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  • And perhaps if you were telling the story of your life, you'd
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  • say, "Well, when I lived there, when I lived there."
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  • We can do that with Jake.
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  • We won't go all the way through his life because we want
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  • to take a nap this afternoon, but we'll look at four stations
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  • and see what we learn from the life of Jacob.
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  • First of all, we see him right at his birth.
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  • Look at that, if you would, right at the beginning
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  • of his life.
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  • It reads, beginning in Genesis chapter number 25,
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  • "So the boys grew.
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  • And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob
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  • was a mild man, dwelling in the tents.
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  • And Esau loved--Isaac loved Esau because he ate of the game,
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  • but Rebecca loved Jacob."
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  • Makhpela.
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  • We start off where Jacob was born at Makhpela.
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  • He was a twin.
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  • His twin brother was, as you know, Esau.
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  • Jacob and Esau.
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  • And there we see they were different, were they not?
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  • Jacob, a favorite of his mother, Rebecca.
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  • Esau a favor of--he was favorite of his daddy, Isaac.
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  • First thing we learn.
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  • First thing we learn in the life of Jacob, favoritism
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  • in the family always leads to heartbreak.
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  • Favoritism in a family always leads to heartbreak.
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  • My three sons, all three of them will tell you they
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  • were Jo Beth's favorite.
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  • Why do parents have favorites?
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  • It's deadly in the family, ladies and gentlemen.
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  • It is deadly in the family, it breaks, it destroys.
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  • It's because, I think, the father and mother were still
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  • in competition with one another.
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  • I want the affection of this one, and you want the affection
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  • of that one.
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  • They haven't become one.
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  • They weren't on the same page.
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  • They didn't have the same agenda.
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  • Listen parents, it takes a lot of time to crawl in the hearts
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  • of your children, to understand them.
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  • If I had a chance to bring up my boys again, let me tell you,
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  • I would spend more time listening
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  • and less time lecturing.
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  • To get into the hearts of your kids, not to show favorites,
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  • to be equal in all of that.
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  • And when there's favoritism in a home--and you see it
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  • in the home of Abraham, the home Isaac, the home of Jacob.
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  • They had favorites.
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  • And part--that was part of the reason for the disaster
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  • you see in this whole patriarchal tree.
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  • Favorites.
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  • And look how Jacob lives up to his name, Slick.
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  • Slick.
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  • You know anybody nicknamed Slick?
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  • How did they get that name?
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  • Could it be because they are slick?
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  • Jacob, Slick.
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  • Young man, he wanted to have the inheritance.
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  • He was not firstborn. Esau was firstborn.
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  • He was second born.
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  • The inheritance was to go to his brother
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  • unless something happened.
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  • Esau was out hunting.
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  • Redneck, good ol' boy.
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  • Hunting, fishing, outdoorsman, rough.
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  • "That's the way I am."
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  • He comes home, he's starving, thirsty.
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  • He sees his brother cooked a bowl of pottage, beef stew.
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  • And he says, "Brother, give me some of that stew.
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  • I'm starving to death."
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  • And then Jacob, the cool operator, seizes on the moment
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  • of hunger and extremity of his brother and takes
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  • advantage of it.
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  • He says, "I'll tell you what.
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  • I'll give you this whole bowl if you'll sell me your birthright,
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  • your inheritance, all the stuff you're gonna get when
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  • our old man dies, if you'll sell me--"
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  • And so, Esau says, "Hey, if I'm starved
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  • to death, all that won't do me any good anyway,"
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  • so he sold his birthright.
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  • And Rebecca, oh yes, joins in with Jacob in order to get
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  • now the patriarchal blessing.
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  • It's one thing to get the inheritance.
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  • It's one thing to get the hands laid on you and you get all
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  • the privileges of the family.
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  • And now Jacob wanted that.
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  • He had the inheritance.
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  • Now he wanted the privileges.
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  • And so, Jacob arranged for his mother to dress him up in Esau's
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  • hunting outfit, with all the stench that goes with it.
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  • Gentlemen, all the hunters.
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  • And he goes, and now Isaac is old.
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  • He's blind.
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  • He thinks he's gonna die.
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  • He's ready to give that patriarchal blessing to his
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  • favorite son, Esau.
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  • But Jacob wants it, so mother takes Jake and they fix a bowl
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  • of pottage.
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  • Esau goes out to kill some game to feed his dad, and his dad
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  • says, "I'm gonna bless you, Esau, when you come back."
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  • But Jacob intercedes.
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  • He's dressed in hair like his brother.
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  • He smells like his brother.
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  • And his mother fixed that meal.
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  • And he goes in and his dad says, "Who are you?"
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  • This is Jacob.
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  • He says, "I'm Esau."
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  • He said, "You don't sound like Esau.
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  • Are you sure you're Esau?"
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  • "Oh yes, I'm Esau."
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  • And he feels of his arms, and he says, "You're ready to serve me
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  • the meal I asked for?
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  • How did you kill the game and prepare it so fast?"
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  • He said, "The Lord your God helped me to do it."
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  • Isn't that something?
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  • He lied twice about who he was, then he says, "God helped me
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  • to get the game and prepare it for you."
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  • So, make a long story short, the blessing was laid
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  • upon Jacob.
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  • Now, what happens?
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  • Jacob has to run for his life.
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  • Esau says, "I'm gonna kill ya."
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  • When you run away from your sin, when I run away from my sin, we
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  • always run into God.
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  • The last place we wanna be is with God when we're caught
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  • in our conscience and our sin.
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  • That's the reason a lot of people don't come to church,
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  • or that's what they tell ya.
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  • "That's where God is.
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  • Ooh man, the way I'm living, that's the last place
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  • I want to be."
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  • But you see, you can't run away from your sin because when you
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  • do, you always run to God.
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  • We see that's exactly what happened
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  • to this con artist, Jacob.
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  • Look at it over there, as he runs all the way to Bethel.
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  • "Now Jacob went out from Beersheba," this is
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  • the 27th--28th chapter, "and went toward Haran.
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  • So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night,
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  • because the sun is set.
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  • And he took one of the stones of that place, put it on his
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  • head, he lay down for a place to sleep."
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  • I guess you would think, you know, here he is guilty.
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  • He's done all these horrid things to his brother.
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  • He's running for his life.
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  • Man, now he is trying to go to sleep.
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  • I guess he'd have a hard time sleeping, wouldn't he?
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  • You know, he's got all this guilt.
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  • But look what--
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  • This is one of the most amazing things
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  • in all the Bible right here.
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  • God comes to him and he blesses him.
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  • He honors him.
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  • He tells him what a great life he's going to have.
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  • And he says, "Man, I've got great stuff."
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  • Here is this scum, this slick, who has conned his whole family
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  • in one way or another, and he's running for his own life.
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  • And he meets God, and look what God promises.
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  • It's wonderful.
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  • He says, "And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: 'I am
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  • the Lord God of Abraham your Isaac and the God of--
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  • God of Abraham, of Isaac."'
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  • He just lied to.
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  • "'The land on which you-- the land on which you lie I will
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  • give to you and your descendants.
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  • And your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall
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  • spread abroad to the west, the east, the north, the south.
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  • Behold, I am with you.
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  • I will keep you wherever you go, will bring you back to this
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  • land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have
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  • spoken to you.'
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  • Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the Lord is
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  • in this place, and I did not know it.'
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  • And he was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place!
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  • This is none other than the house of God, and this is
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  • the gate of heaven!'"
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  • Now look at this. Get this in context.
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  • Here is Jacob, afraid, running, by himself, going out in another
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  • part of the country.
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  • It's night.
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  • He feels guilt.
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  • And God comes and says, "Here's stairs reaching all the way
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  • up to heaven, and at the top of those stairs is the Lord God
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  • himself, and right on the other side is the gate of heaven."
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  • He opens up heaven to Jacob and fills it up with all these
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  • promises of what God had built in his life, and what he would
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  • accomplish, and what he would do when he was
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  • a dirty, rotten scoundrel.
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  • My, the grace of God.
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  • My, the patience of God.
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  • My, the long, long view of life with God.
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  • How overwhelming this is to me.
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  • It's overwhelming to you too.
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  • You'd think God would zap him, condemn him,
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  • let a little lightning come.
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  • "Bang, Jake, you sorry scoundrel."
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  • No, no, God just came with grace, and love,
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  • and forgiveness, and promises, and he has a stairway that leads
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  • all the way to heaven.
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  • By the way, you think heaven's far away?
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  • It's not.
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  • It's just up those stairs.
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  • And angels were coming down and ministering to him.
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  • Angels were going up, and there was the Lord God, and there was
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  • the very gate of heaven.
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  • That's how close it is.
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  • That's how close it is.
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  • And he showed this to a deceiver, Jacob.
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  • What do we learn from that?
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  • We learn that when we sin, we run away from our sin, we always
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  • run into God, but God there didn't just zap Jacob.
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  • He loved him, and promised him, and showed him the gate
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  • of heaven.
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  • Magnificent.
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  • Unbelievable.
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  • And how long do you think that Jake got a chance to look
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  • into heaven?
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  • I don't know, I guess about six minutes.
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  • Six minutes.
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  • Then he gets up and now he's going to meet his match.
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  • He's goin' to Haran.
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  • He's going to move in with and be a part
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  • of the family of his sister Rebecca.
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  • Not a beautiful mother was she.
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  • Brother.
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  • He meets Laban, who was as big a con artist as Jacob.
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  • And that's what we learn there in this new situation, this new
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  • environment of Jacob, that con artists always
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  • end up getting conned.
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  • The first time Jacob saw Rachel at a well, get this, "It came
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  • to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his
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  • mother's brother," that'll tell you something, "and the sheep
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  • of Laban and his mother's brother, that Jacob went
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  • near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth,
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  • and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
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  • Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice
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  • and wept."
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  • The first time he saw her, he kissed her and shouted, "Whoa,"
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  • and cried.
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  • Man, they didn't kiss on the first date, they kissed
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  • before they ever had a date.
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  • Bible, Bible, Bible.
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  • And then later on we read that, verse 18, "Now Jacob loved
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  • Rachel; so he said, 'I will serve you for seven years
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  • for Rachel your younger, younger daughter."'
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  • Your younger daughter.
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  • Leah was the older daughter of Laban.
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  • So, he worked for seven years.
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  • And it says in the Bible those seven years, because he loved
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  • Rachel so much, seemed like just a few days, you know?
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  • That's love, isn't it?
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  • And then they arrange a wedding.
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  • Remember who he's dealing with, con artist Laban.
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  • And so, they have a big, elaborate wedding.
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  • I'm sure there were too much drinking going on, and the bride
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  • came out all dressed and covered in veils, et cetera, et cetera.
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  • And so, they had the wedding and they went in
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  • for the wedding night.
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  • And there was Jacob, sorta, you know, all these years he'd
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  • worked for Rachel.
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  • And the next morning, he wakes up.
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  • He looks at his bride.
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  • "Oh!" He says, "Whoa!"
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  • Behold, it was Leah.
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  • Now, you talk about a slick operator was that Laban.
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  • I mean, he worked seven years to marry Rachel, and here he
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  • was, he married Leah, the younger sister.
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  • We don't know what was wrong with her.
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  • The Bible says she had weak eyes.
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  • I don't know what that means.
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  • And then now, Jacob the con artist had been conned,
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:33.020
  • the ultimate con.
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  • Never heard of anything like it before or since.
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  • Now, he goes to Laban and he just explodes.
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  • And Laban says, "Cool down.
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  • You know, you have to marry the younger one first.
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  • That's in our culture."
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  • And so, they-- he then married Rachel.
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  • Now he has both the daughters.
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  • And then he worked seven more years.
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  • Fourteen years, he has both the daughters of Laban, and he
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  • has a couple of concubines.
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  • At 21 years, he had 11 children and he was a wealthy man,
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  • because he had fleeced Laban with some selective breeding
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  • and he ended up with more cattle, and more possessions
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  • than his father in law had.
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  • And now he's ready to take off and he goes by the cover
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  • of darkness, paraphrasing.
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  • He goes by the cover of darkness and he's running back to home--
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  • his hometown, going back to Beersheba.
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  • But Laban catches him and challenges him,
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  • until finally they come to agreement.
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  • And here you have what's called the mizpah blessing.
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  • Have you heard of that?
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  • Oh, we've heard that quoted so piously.
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  • "May the Lord watch over you and me while we're absent one
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  • from another."
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  • And we use that so piously, but that was a blessing when
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:47.150
  • Laban the con artist met this con artist that we're
  • 00:16:47.160 --> 00:16:54.120
  • looking at, Jacob.
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  • And this is what the blessing was.
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  • They were saying, "You sorry scum.
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  • May the Lord watch you when I'm not with you and may the Lord
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  • watch over you, you scum, when I'm not with you."
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  • That's what that blessing is, folks.
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  • So Jacob takes off, but I think he's got a problem, don't you?
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  • He's got to go back home, but guess who's at home?
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  • Ooh, Esau.
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  • I wonder if Esau's got over the fact he stole his
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  • inheritance and sold his blessings.
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  • I wonder if he's got--he has withdrawn that contract he put
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:36.130
  • on Jacob, kill him on sight.
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  • So, he sends some gifts ahead to Esau and told his servant
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  • to say, "Oh my Lord, Esau, your servant Jacob is coming.
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  • He wants you to have all these gifts so he'd find favor
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  • with you."
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  • And the servant did that and the servant comes back.
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  • He said, "How did Esau respond?"
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  • He said, "He didn't say anything.
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  • He just started this way with 400 men."
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  • Read it. Read it.
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  • You read it.
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  • And Jacob said, "Hmmm."
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:11.140
  • So he sends some more gifts to him, the same message
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  • and more gifts, until finally he ends up there by himself.
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  • He has sent all of his children, all of his family, all
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  • the possessions, all the goats, all the cows, all the camels,
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:27.220
  • all the sheep.
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  • He sent everything over across the Jabbok River
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  • and he says, "I give everything I have to you, Esau."
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  • He's trying to save his hide.
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  • Tell me the Bible doesn't tell it like it is, folks.
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  • They haven't read it very carefully, have they?
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  • You see, in all of this, Jacob, total scum, total scum.
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:55.280
  • He's won, hadn't he?
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  • He fleeced this, his dad, his family.
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  • He'd won.
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  • He'd gone over to Laban.
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  • He'd ran a con artist.
  • 00:19:04.200 --> 00:19:06.240
  • He had won and now he's going back home to meet Esau.
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:09.010
  • And he's run out of things he can do and now he is by himself
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  • at a place called Peniel.
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  • And we're going to see what he learned at Peniel.
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  • It is that true repentance always leads to brokenness.
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  • He's at Peniel.
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  • He sent his whole possession.
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  • He sent all of his wives, all four of 'em over there
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  • to his brother.
  • 00:19:35.230 --> 00:19:37.040
  • He sent all his sheep, all of his oxen.
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  • He's by himself there.
  • 00:19:39.130 --> 00:19:40.260
  • It is night.
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:42.090
  • And then if you read carefully, he even prays to God and says,
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:46.160
  • "God, God, oh Father, you promised you would make
  • 00:19:46.170 --> 00:19:51.130
  • out of me a great people, that you would protect me."
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:54.030
  • And he reminds God of promises he'd made to him years before.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:59.030
  • I mean, he covers everybody.
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  • What scum!
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:04.150
  • What kinda rascal is this?
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:10.030
  • He deals now with God.
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  • Reminding God of what he said.
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:15.150
  • How 'bout that?
  • 00:20:15.160 --> 00:20:18.020
  • I mean, how foolish, how arrogant, how pagan can you get?
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:22.030
  • "God, you probably--" and now he's by himself
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  • and he's frightened.
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  • Esau keeps coming with 400 men.
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  • Doesn't look too good, does it?
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  • And then you read carefully in the Bible.
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  • I wish I had time to exegete every word for you.
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  • Take my word for it, we use this as Jacob wrestling with God
  • 00:20:36.160 --> 00:20:42.120
  • in prayer.
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  • Oh no, no, no, no, no.
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  • It was the angel of the Lord who grabbed Jacob.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:49.240
  • He grabbed Jacob.
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  • Jacob didn't grab God, he grabbed Jacob and they began
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:54.100
  • to have a wrestling match.
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:57.030
  • High school wrestling used to be, I don't know about now,
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:21:00.160
  • you'd have three rounds, two minutes each.
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:03.090
  • Oh, that's six minutes.
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:07.170
  • This wrestling match took place all night.
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:12.230
  • Jacob, con artist, slick, run out of all things he could do
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:20.150
  • to save his hide, to protect himself.
  • 00:21:20.160 --> 00:21:23.140
  • He'd given up all of it.
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  • How sorry, how low down he was.
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:27.050
  • But now God, an angel, divinity grabs him and holds onto him,
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:32.050
  • and they battled all night until finally God touches his
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:36.210
  • hip and Jacob is crippled.
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:39.290
  • His hip. He can't go.
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  • He's finished. He's done for.
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  • He's lost. Now he was weak.
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  • Now he has nowhere to turn, nowhere to go.
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:53.100
  • And this divine person says, "Jake, let go of me."
  • 00:21:53.110 --> 00:21:57.180
  • You see, he'd lost but he's clinging.
  • 00:21:57.190 --> 00:22:02.150
  • And then the question comes.
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:05.030
  • The angel asked him, "What is your name?"
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:12.210
  • That's what his father'd asked him.
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  • He lied to him twice.
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  • Now the angel asks, "What is your name?"
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  • He said, "I'm Jacob.
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  • I'm scum. I'm slick.
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:30.070
  • I'm a con artist. I'm a liar.
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  • I'm all into myself.
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  • I care nothing about you or anybody.
  • 00:22:34.170 --> 00:22:38.110
  • I'm at the end."
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:41.070
  • Confession, honest confession, nowhere to go, bottomed out.
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:48.210
  • And then the angel says, "You're not going to be called Slick any
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:54.230
  • longer, con artist, liar, cheat, double dealing,
  • 00:22:54.240 --> 00:22:59.130
  • dirty, rotten scoundrel.
  • 00:22:59.140 --> 00:23:01.050
  • Oh no," he said, "I'm going to give you a new name and I'm
  • 00:23:01.060 --> 00:23:03.140
  • gonna name you Israel."
  • 00:23:03.150 --> 00:23:05.080
  • Israel, Israel, prince of God, power with God.
  • 00:23:05.090 --> 00:23:11.210
  • You're Israel.
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:14.050
  • The Bible says the sun came up and now Jacob, no, Israel
  • 00:23:14.060 --> 00:23:19.250
  • stands and goes to meet Esau.
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:24.150
  • But he has the rest of his life a divine limp.
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:30.000
  • Divine limp, because he had confessed.
  • 00:23:31.160 --> 00:23:39.140
  • He had gotten right with God.
  • 00:23:39.150 --> 00:23:41.280
  • And now he was ready to face his brother and to face life.
  • 00:23:41.290 --> 00:23:48.080
  • Now, make no mistake about it, there was still a residue.
  • 00:23:48.090 --> 00:23:52.270
  • If you read the rest of Jacob's life, a residue of this same
  • 00:23:52.280 --> 00:23:56.100
  • kind of sliminess that we have seen, but yet now we have a new
  • 00:23:56.110 --> 00:24:01.140
  • man beginning of redemption.
  • 00:24:01.150 --> 00:24:05.230
  • A divine limp.
  • 00:24:05.240 --> 00:24:09.240
  • I wish I had time to read the rest of the story.
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  • Esau came and saw him, and ran over to him, and kissed him,
  • 00:24:11.240 --> 00:24:15.110
  • and they embraced.
  • 00:24:15.120 --> 00:24:17.070
  • What a fabulous, fabulous moment.
  • 00:24:17.080 --> 00:24:23.210
  • Divine limp.
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  • When you and I realize that, you know when we're the strongest?
  • 00:24:26.000 --> 00:24:31.000
  • It's when we're the weakest, when we're broken.
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:36.070
  • And now, look at the extremity that God went to to break Jacob
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:44.140
  • so he had a chance of living a life, living up to a name,
  • 00:24:44.150 --> 00:24:54.030
  • Israel, prince of God.
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