Summary: Just think of the examples of sports hero’s that had to play their best games hurt. Well, you may have to learn to keep on even when you are hurt. Part one.
LEARNING TO PLAY HURT
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Adapted from a lesson by Wayne B. Smith, Lexington, Ky.
This is part one of a two part series.
22. But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within shall mourn.
I. A LESSON OF PLAYING IN PAIN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT.
1. LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF JACOB’S JOURNEY
A. Abraham and Sarah had a son named Isaac.
Bethuel, Abraham’s brother, Rebekah and her brother Laban.
C.. Eliezer returns home with Rebekah and Isaac and Rebekah marry.
D. Rebekah bears Isaac two sons, Esau the red haired man that was very hairy and loved to hunt, Daddy’s BOY.
E. Jacob is Mommy’s BOY, he loves staying around the house and helping mommy.
F. THE HOME AND FAMILY LIFE IS VERY DYSFUNCTIONAL, and trouble lurks on every hand.
G. Esau sells his blessing for a bowl of lentil soup
2. JACOB HAS ONE MORE MEAL WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER.
A. Rebekah helps Jacob fix the last meal at home, and Jacob receives Isaac’s blessing.
B. The dysfunctional home finally falls a part.
C. ESAU VOWS TO KILL HIS CHEATING, LYING BROTHER!
3. JACOB RUNS FOR HIS LIFE, he will never see his precious Mom or Dad again.
A. Jacob runs for his life, and HAS AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.
B. Jacob sleeps and sees a LADDER WHERE ANGELS ARE ASCENDING AND DESCENDING TO HEAVEN.
C. Jacob travels to Haran and meets his UNCLE LABAN.
D. Jacob loves RACHEL, and is cheated and marries LEAH.
E. Jacob is cheated 7 times.
4. MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED, IT IS NOW TIME TO RETURN HOME AND FACE ESAU.
A. Jacob had cried many nights THINKING ABOUT HOME.
B. How would Esau accept his brother? What changes have happened at home?
5. JACOB LEARNED TO PLAY HURT AND GOD CHANGED HIS FUTURE!
25. 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.
26. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And Jacob said, I will not let thee go, except thou
27. And he said, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob, (subplanter, cheater).
28. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power
with God and men, and hast prevailed.
JACOB HAD NOT ALWAYS BEEN FAIR AND KIND TO HIS BROTHER.
AS JACOB RETURNS HOME HE SENDS MANY GIFTS AHEAD OF HIM TO GIVE HIS BROTHER ESAU.
ISRAEL, NOT JACOB, JACOB NEVER FOUGHT IN PAIN, HE RAN...