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Hairy and the Heel Grabber
Archived – November 13, 2022
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Genesis 32:22-32

Hairy and the Heel Grabber

November 13, 2022 / Dan McEvoy / Genesis 32:22-32

Genesis 25:22–23 (ESV)

Genesis 25:25–26a (ESV)

Genesis 25:27–28 (ESV)

Genesis 25:29–34 (ESV)

⇒ Short-term leads to long-term suffering.

Hebrews 12:16–17 (NIV)

Genesis 27:28–29 (ESV)

⇒ God still uses our methods of , but there will be a cost.

Genesis 28:14 (ESV)

Genesis 29:18–20 (ESV)

Genesis 30:1 (ESV)

Genesis 30:22–23a (ESV)

⇒ Comparison will always lead to our ways over God’s Will.

Genesis 32:25–28 (NIV)

Genesis 32:29b (NIV)

Genesis 32:30–31 (ESV)

Question: What is your struggle?



Theme: Struggle to Surrender

Share Together:

Why do all great storylines, such as in novels and movies, struggle?

Reflect Together:

What impacted you the most from last week’s reading that you expressed in your Genesis Growth Guide? Also, what did you learn from last Sunday’s gathering?

Read Together:

Genesis 32:22-32

Discuss Together:
  • Based on what you know about the sibling revival between them, what do you think Jacob chose to be alone on the eve of Esau’s arrival?
  • What might God be trying to teach Jacob by wrestling with him?
  • Why would this way succeed whereas other methods might not?
  • Who do you think ends up winning?
  • How do we wrestle for God’s blessing? Should we? What is the result according to verse 30?
  • What are you wrestling with? People? Situations? Evil powers? God himself?
  • Why is Jacob’s hip damaged?
  • What does the name Jacob mean and why was it changed to Israel?
  • How do you sense this story summarizes Jacob’s life?
  • In your struggle, are you winning, losing or limping along? What is God teaching you in the trials?
  • When do we ultimately surrender the struggle as it relates to what Jesus has done for us?
  • How might our group and God help you in this?
Pray Together:

Share updates of what God is doing and needs to pray out.

Next Week’s Reminder:

In preparation for next week’s gathering and Group, remember to read Genesis 37-50 and write your responses in your Growth Guide.

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