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19 October 2013

Sermon: Proper 24C (OT)

19 October AD 2013
Pentecost 22

Title: Wrestling with God (MP3 Audio)

Albrecht Altendorfer: Christ in Gethsemane Summary: Like Jacob, we often wrestle with God. We may attempt to force Him to conform to our standards, our wishes, our demands. We may also try to force Him away.

Yet God comes not to be our adversary but our redeemer. Jesus — the new Israel — wrestled with God, yet without sin. We see this in His prayers at Gethsemane. However, this was preparation for His true wrestling match, as He engaged and subdued Satan, sin, and death.

Now we are privileged to “wrestle” with God in a new way. No longer adversaries, we are joined to Him as we wrestle with the problems and temptations of life. As we do so, we realize that the true struggle is already done: Jesus has wrestled us away from the curses of death and damnation and won forgiveness for us.

He continues to fight for us, in us, and through us. We trust Him to secure our final victory — passage through this life into life everlasting.

Text: The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone.

Jacob Wrestles with God And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.

When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his 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 has broken.”

But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

And he said to him, “What is your name?”

And he said, “Jacob.”

Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, 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 name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” Genesis 32:22-30

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Wrestling with God, preached to the saints at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Warrensburg, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

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