Surrender: Jacob’s Stubborn Resistance to God

Surrender: Jacob’s Stubborn Resistance to God

Genesis 32:22-32

All four gospels include repeated references to Jesus’ teaching that people should lose their lives for his sake (cf. Matthew 10:38-39; 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-27; 14:25-27; 17:33; John 12:25). Jesus did not possess a limited set of teachings that he refined by repeating to various audiences. Instead, knowing “what was in man” (John 2:23-25) and having “all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom” (Colossians 2:3), Jesus offered the teachings his audiences needed to hear. His repeating emphasis on selfless surrender indicates he believed people needed to listen to that message because they struggled with it. 

We are in the middle of a month-long series built around Jesus’ message about surrender. We have been exploring stories of individuals surrendering to God to challenge us to surrender ourselves to Him in the coming year. This lesson continues that theme by considering Jacob’s stubborn resistance to submit.