Praise the Lord, Grace & Peace great people of our “Great God”…JESUS!
As I contemplated this Golden Nugget, I began to think about the time I spend alone with JESUS my Lord… (For this is where I get the essence of my true peace and strength) I came across an amazing golden nugget about Jacob in the word of God where it states in Gen 32:24, and Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. I would like to render my premise thought “Something Happens When We are Left ALONE with JESUS.” The following scriptures will be used to support and provoke further gospel provocation:
Gen. 32:24-26 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
In tracing the history of Jacob, and in contemplating his natural character, we are again and again reminded of the grace expressed in those words, “Jacob have I loved.” I’ve often questioned why would God love such a joker like Jacob? But as I have walked with God I can understand that this can only come from Gods’ boundless love and sovereign grace that He affords us each and every day! His love is so powerful because only He can love someone who possesses nothing worth anything in themselves. Jacob’s natural character was most unamiable; his name indeed was the expression of what he was…“a supplanter.” He exemplified this disposition during the course of his life and continued to do such until he was thoroughly crushed. The scriptures let us know he pursued a life that always sequestered a bargain.
Saints notice when leaving his father’s house, he makes a bargain with God. Gen 28:20-22 “If God,” says he, “will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God; and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house, and of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee” Here we find him making a bargain with God Himself, the full evidence of what his real character was. Also, please observe him during the period of time he was with his uncle Laban; he had deep-laid schemes to promote his own end. How plainly it is seen that he was all about self! In all that he put his hand to. I’m reminded what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:1-5 concerning the mindset and character of people today This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
So it is in the course of this thirty-second chapter of Genesis that he is deeply engaged in plans to turn away the great wrath of his brother Esau. But there is one circumstance with regard to Jacob in this chapter that deserves serious attention. He is seen laboring under the painful effects of a bad conscience, with regard to his brother Esau; he knew that he had acted toward him in a deceptive and calculated way, which warranted Esau’s anger and revenge, and he is therefore in much fear concerning the prospect of meeting him. But more importantly, God had a controversy with Jacob. He had to lead him through a course of education that was to teach him that “all flesh is grass.”
Jacob thought only of appeasing his brother Esau with a present. Hence he turns aside in this chapter, to offer up confession and prayer, yet notwithstanding, it is made manifest that his heart only engaged an arrangement for appeasing Esau and not God. But God was looking at him in all this, and had prepared a salutary course of discipline for him in order to teach him what was in his heart. So, for this purpose was “Jacob left alone.”
All his company, arranged according to his own plan, had passed on, and he was awaiting this much dreaded meeting with his brother with great anxiety. There is a peculiar force in the words, “Jacob was left alone.” This is how it is with all of us who are being trained in the school of God; this is where we are often brought into the stillness and solitude of the Jesus’ divine presence to view ourselves and our ways. GOLDEN NUGGET!
Notice my brothers and sisters had Jacob continued be around the cry of the sheep, and the lowing sound of the oxen, he would have not enjoyed the same calm and sober view of himself and his past course. He was led into the secret presence of God. “Jacob was left alone.” Wow my brothers and sisters there is no part of a man or woman’s history as essential as when we are led into the solitude of God’s divine presence; it is here we understand the things which are dark and inexplicable.
Notice in Psalms 78 we find a soul looking abroad upon the world and reasoning upon what he saw there…reasoning to such an extent, that he was almost tempted to say it was vain to serve the Lord at all. In Psalms 77 we find a soul looking inward, and reasoning upon what he saw within … reasoning to such an extent as to question the continuance of God’s grace. What was the remedy in both cases? “THE SANCTUARY.” I went into the sanctuary of God; and then I understood. So it was with Jacob; his “sanctuary” was the lonely spot, where God wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Saints, a student of God’s word will find that this passage, when taken as it stands, affords no foundation for the popular idea because it furnishes an instance of Jacob’s power in prayer. It’s here we see that powerful statement “There wrestled a man with him;” it is not said that he wrestled with the man, which would give an entirely different aspect to the scene. I believe that this scene proves the tenacity with which he grasped the flesh, and all things it was use too. Jacob held firmly to having confidence in the flesh, which led him to struggle all night long!
My brothers and sisters the supplanter (Jacob) held out, and did not yield until the very seat of his strength was touched, and he was forced to know that all flesh is grass.
Wow, Saints; I need you to get the Golden Nugget in this Scripture! Instead of Jacob’s patience and perseverance in prayer, we have God’s patience in dealing with one who needed to have his “old man“ crushed to the very dust, before God could make anything of him. This momentous scene gives us the grand turning point in the life of this extraordinary man. We are here reminded of Saul’s conversion; Jacob, with the hollow of his thigh touched, Saul laid prostrate in the dust, between Jerusalem and Damascus. We observe, on the one hand, the broken fragments of “a supplanter,” and the elements of God’s mighty “Prince;” on the other hand,. The fragments of a persecutor and injurious one, and the elements of God’s mighty apostle who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament.
Let’s look at the powerful statement “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me” Jacob was let into the secret of human weakness, and therefore felt that it must be divine strength or nothing, Glory be too God! He thinks no more of his goodly plans and arrangements, his presents to appease his brother Esau. No; he stands withered and trembling before the One who had humbled him, and cries, “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me.” Surely, this is the gate of heaven! Jacob had, as it were, arrived at the end of flesh; it is no longer “me” but “Thee.”
He clings to Christ as a poor shipwrecked mariner would cling to a rock. All self-confidence is gone, all expectations from self and the world was blasted, every chain of self-devised security dissolved like a morning cloud before the beams of the sun. All his bargains availed him nothing at all. How miserable everything that he had ever done deceptively was truly revealed in his heart; even his offer to give a tenth to God, in his time of self-abasement and conscious weakness! The mighty wrestler says, “Let me go, for the day breaketh.” What a striking expression, “Let me go.” God was determined to make manifest the condition of Jacob’s soul.
If Jacob would of let go his grasp, he would have proved that his heart was still wrapped up in his worldly plans and scheme…does this sound like you and I sometimes?; but, on the contrary, when he cries out, “I will not let Thee go,” he declares that God alone was the spring of all his soul’s joy and strength: he, in effect, says as the Psalmist in 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth I desire beside Thee;” or, as expressed with the twelve disciples, in the 6th chapter of John: “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” Saints I love the Lord, because he perpetually puts us in a place to let us know we can do nothing without Him…Glory Be To God!!!!
We see that Jacob trust in self no longer, but his exclaim is as it was with Job, “Now mine eye hath seen Thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me.”
My brothers and sisters when this revelation came Jacob he gets his name changed: he no longer is known as “the supplanter,” but as “a prince,” having power with God through the very knowledge of his weakness; for, Paul said in 2 Cor. 12: 10 “when I am weak, then am I strong.” We are never as strong as when we feel ourselves weak, even as “water split upon the ground, that cannot be gathered up again;” and, on the contrary, we are weak when we believe ourselves to be strong without Jesus strength.
Saints I cannot leave this passage, without at least seeing distinctly what it was that gave Jacob “power with God and with man;” it was full consciousness that he was nothing without God! “I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me,”; hence this lets us know that Jacob’s “power” consisted in his “weakness?” There is nothing here of Jacob’s power in prayer. No: all we see is, first, Jacob’s strength in the flesh, and God weakening him; then, his weakness in the flesh and how God strengthens him. This is indeed the revealed truth of this event. Jacob was satisfied to go “limping” on his journey, seeing he had learned the secret of true strength. He was able to move along, using the words afterwards uttered by Paul in 2 Cor.12:9: “I will, therefore, gladly glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Yes, “my infirmities” on the one hand, and “the power of Christ” on the other, will be found to constitute the sum total of the life of a true Saint of God! GOLDEN NUGGET!
Please observe, that there seems to be a great connection between this instructive passage and that of Galatians 6:16 “As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them and mercy, and upon the God of Israel.” What rule? The Cross of Jesus Christ, this is God’s rule. It is not those of circumcision or uncircumcised, but to those who are a new creation in Christ Jesus. This rule distinguishes the grand distinction between “the supplanters” (flesh) and “the princes“(spiritual man) the former trust in the flesh, the latter “in the cross.” Therefore the apostle goes on to say: “From henceforth let no one trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Jacob also beards in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Nor was he at all ashamed of them; because, while they were at once the marks of Jacob’s weakness, they were also the marks of Israel’s strength. I pray we strive to know and believe that “Something Happens When We are Left ALONE with JESUS” more and more each day! God bless you and have a “JESUS DAY.”