Summary: Jacob wrestled with God until day break to receive both power with God and power with men for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
FOR JESUS’ LOVE 5
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (July 9, 2017)
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, leadership traits that increase opportunity to rise to the top as the cream of the crop notably so far have been love of Jesus, integrity, goodly and proper, blessed and power. Of course, initially we spoke of disloyalty and disobedience that contributed to the downfall of King Saul along with rebellion, stubbornness and rejection of the Word of God, quite a lot of negative performance to say the least and down right opposition to Prophet Samuel and God Almighty, to speak to the most of his behavior in performance. Most of us, I feel would like to know why God chose King Saul? Did King Saul have any positive leadership traits since now we know the negative leadership traits that forced him and his lineage out of reign over Israel?
Yes, King Saul like Moses was goodly and there were none among the children of Israel that were goodlier than he. For he also was a choice young man who was taller than any of the people (I Samuel 9:2, KJV [Israel desireth a king]). What happened to a goodly young man, tall in stature to force him to stand opposed to God’s will? Well, it was public opinion---the will of the men who served under him that caused King Saul to disobey, rebel, show stubbornness, reject the word of God---the face of disloyalty outside of faith, for faith was not in him to wait on the LORD, to come to the end of a matter, to know the truth of God’s leadership with his children---he just rebelled and rejected as if he were God over God Almighty. Well, there was to come a Godman---a man with power of God and a man with power with men---Jesus. We witnessed this to be truth when Jacob wrestled with God and received power with God and power with men because through Jacob came Judah and through Judah came David and through David came our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
Did not God when he wrestled touch the hollow of Jacob’s thigh and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint; the sinew of Jacob’s thigh shrank [Genesis 32:25, 32, KJV] just as he took the rib of Adam to make Eve: “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called