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Jacob: God's Unexpected Way with Our Anxieties


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In Genesis 32, Jacob obeys God's command to leave Laban and return home. But his spies report terrible news. Esau—his bested rival since before birth—is coming out to meet him with 400 men! "In great fear and distress," Jacob tries to maximize his chances of survival, and he prays in a glorious God-centred, humble, needy way. In this, Jacob, the aging usurper, demonstrates great growth! In this talk we will see how God answers his prayer through one of the strangest and most frightening nights of the whole Bible narrative, and we'll see that God's understanding of being saved is not always the same as ours.