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Wounded Blessing - Sunday, March 19 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Wounded Blessing
Sunday, March 19 - 3rd Sunday in Lent
Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees - Lent Sermon Series

Genesis 32:24-31 (NRSV)
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.

We continue our Sinners to Saints sermon series by looking at one of my favorite passages: Jacob wrestling with God. Who could be so bold as to wrestle with God? What does it say about our faith if we challenge the Almighty? Doesn't it mean automatic condemnation if we push back against the Creator? We will look at that.

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