Summary: This message concerns Jacob’s encounter with God.
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL
Text: Genesis 32:24-32
Hebrews 13:2 tells us "Be not forgetful
to entertain strangers: for thereby some
have entertained angels unawares."
Most of us would probably be astounded
if we really knew how involved God’s angels
are in human events and human lives. You
have most likely watched at some time or
another the popular tv show of the same title
as my message for today, which shows angels
very much involved in human beings’ lives.
The Old Testament book of Genesis tells us
of one who was literally "touched by an angel."
His name was Jacob. That touch forever trans-
formed his life, and character, for when he was
"touched by an angel" he really had an encounter
with the living God.
In this message today, I would like for us
to investigate Jabob’s encounter with this Angel
I. First, JACOB WAS TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL DURING A
TIME OF GREAT DISTRESS & CONFUSION
If you are familiar with Jabob’s life, you know
that he had been a scheemer and con-artist since
his birth. He had stolen his brother’s birth-
rites, and in Genesis 32 he is hot on Jacob’s
trail with 400 men with him. Jacob just knew
that his number had come up, and that he was
about to die. He was terrified. He divided his
family into two companies so that if one was
destroyed the other might survive. Genesis 24:10
reveals that Jacob was becoming more humble and
submissive to God’s will. He confessed that he
was not worthy of any of God’s blessings.
If we ever hope to encounter God, we need to
draw neigh to God, to humble ourselves, and cry
out to Him in sincerity and truth.
II.Secondly, JACOB WAS TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL WHEN HE
WENT TO GOD IN PRAYER.
Genesis 32:9-12 tells us his prayer. He had
been humbled, and now he prayed for deliverance.
He knew that without God’s protection, his days
He asked God to be faithful to fulfill the pro-
mises that He had made to him earlier in his life.
He determined to try to appease his brother’s anger
by sending him some kind of gift. Genesis 32:13-20
tells us what he was sending him-30 milch camels
with their colts, forty kine, and ten bull, twenty
she asses, and ten foals.
III.Thirdly, JACOB WAS TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL WHEN HE
WAS ALL ALONE.
Encounters with God have often come to men at such
a time. Either the servant of God had withdrawn
to some wilderness to meet with Him, or else the
servant was alone and discouraged and needing a
touch from God.
I pray better all by myself than in a crowd, and
most of us do. We open up more deeply and earnest-
ly with God, and pour out our hearts to Him.
Don’t think that when you are all "alone" that you
are really alone. As Charles Spurgeon once said,
He was "alone, yet not alone." God is with us
during those times, and like Jacob at Bethel, it
takes time for it to dawn on us that "God was in
that place, and we knew it not."
IV.Fourthly, JACOB WAS TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, AND HE
HAD TO FIGHT A GREAT SPIRITUAL BATTLE.
He was desparately fighting for his life. I don’t
know how dark it was that night, but I imagine he
just knew it must be Esau who had ahold of him.
But, it wasn’t Esau. It was God.
The battle lasted on throughout the night until
the breaking of daylight. Jacob had ahold of God,
and didn’t even know it! Maybe some of you are
wrestling with Him right now, yet you don’t realize
what power it is that has hold of you.
V.Fifthly, JACOB WAS TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, AND WAS
NEVER THE SAME AGAIN.
The Angel touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, and
Jacob’s thigh was thrown out of joint. Jacob would
walk with a limp the rest of his life because of
this encounter. He would never be the same again.
By this time he realizes this is a special someone
he is wrestling with, so he refuses to let the
Angel go until he blesses him. He wrestles until
he prevails. So must we.
His name was changed from Jacob(trickster) to
Israel(Prince with God).
His character was also changed. It was
greatly altered by this encounter with God, and
he would never be the same spiritually again
either. He had seen God face to face.
Conclusion-What we need today in our lives is
to be touched by an Angel, as Jacob was. The
Angel of the Covenant, the Lord Jesus Christ,
wants to touch our lives, and transform our
hearts. He wants to be Lord of all in us, and