What's In A Name? I am still working my way through sermons regarding Jacob & Joseph. I have always been fascinated with the wrestling match that took place between Christ & Jacob.
Pastor Nibert does an exquisite job of describing this scenario. Quite a bit of detail to it, which causes one to stop & think for a few moments on just what it is they are actually reading.
What I didn't know but learned, was that in scripture, any time that someone has a name change (with only one exception) they never are referred to by their old names again. The exception is JACOB. He is repeatedly referred to as both Jacob and Israel. The reason why? Because of what both names stand for or represent.
Israel represents the new life given us - the spiritual and Jacob represents the old man, the fleshly, sinful part of us. FASCINATING! I had never realized that before.
This sermon is definitely a keeper and is worth listening to over & over again.
Scripture references are - Genesis 25:21/30:41/32:3-9,24-31; Psalm 146:5/25:11; Ephesians 1:3
Todd Nibert is pastor of Todd's Road Grace Church located at 4137 Todd's Road, Lexington, KY 40509. You may contact him by email him at email@example.com or by telephone at (859) 263-4150. Their church web site is located at http://www.toddsroadgracechurch.com/