Holy Wrestling


August 2, 2020
Speaker:
Passage: Genesis 32:22-31
The video above is a recording of our online worship service. Below it is our radio program, Good News from Christ. There may be slight differences between these two recordings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our congregation was practicing love through social-distancing.

Psalm Reading

Psalm 17:1-7,15 Psalter United Methodist Hymnal

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From you let my vindication come!
Let your eyes see the right!
If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.
Concerning what other so:
I have avoided the ways of the violent
by following your word.
My steps have held fast to your paths,
my feet have not slipped.

I will call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
from the adversaries at your right hand.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake I shall be satisfied with beholding your presence.

Old Testament Reading

Genesis 32:22-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.