Topic: Jacob Wrestles with God
Text: Genesis 32:24-32
Talk about the story leading up to this text:
Why was Jacob leaving?
Where was he going?
What was he fearing?
What did he take with him?
Jacob’s name literally means “deceiver.” List the ways he lived up (or down) to his name.
Then talk about the ways Jacob was deceived.
After the wrestling, God gives Jacob a new name. What is the significance?
Even though Jacob did not show the highest morals, several times in the Bible, Jehovah is repeatedly called the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” He is a great example of God using broken people like you and me.
Why do you think God allowed Jacob to win?
What lesson did Jacob need to learn from the wrestling?
Think about a time in your life when God used a bad circumstance in your life to bring about good?
Can you remember a time of “wrestling” with God?
“God sometimes has to wrestle us into a changed life,” Tim Keller