Message Notes from today’s message…
In primitive times, each name told a story. Part of that story had to do with where someone had been.
Names revealed roots!
Part of that story had to do with where someone was going. Names revealed destinies.
In the Book of Genesis in the Bible, we are introduced to Jacob. His name meant, “Holder of the heel.” It revealed his roots. He was a twin. He was born less than a minute after his older brother. His hand was holding on to his brother’s heel!
His name also revealed his destiny. “Heel grabber” implies the tripping up of another. A form of deception. And he lived up to his name.
At times he was the deceiver. He deceived his twin and barely escaped with his life.
At times he was deceived. He was deceived by his father-in-law. And after a falling-out, it was time to escape again.
Even with all the successes in life he had experienced, not even time and accolades could change the fact that he was “holder of the heel.”
As he prepared to return home and face the consequences of deceiving his brother, he spent an evening alone, apart from his family…
Jacob was DONE. DESPERATE. TIRED. SCARED. READY TO MOVE ON.
He refused to let go of God’s messenger until God blessed him…and changed him.
When God changed him, he gave him a new name. The man known as Jacob would from that point on be known as Israel. Israel means “God contended,” or “wrestled with God.”
Names changed when stories changed
For the rest of his life, Israel would limp around and introduce himself as “Wrestled with God and Survived!” That was one bad dude.
Regardless of who you have been, when God touches your life, you are changed. From that point on, you are who God says you are. Your name is what God says your name is.
Years later, Jesus said…