Jacob’s Thanksgiving Story

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T. Adrienne Terrell

T. Adrienne Terrell

T. Adrienne Terrell, Columnist

Greetings from The Springs! Now don’t get tripped up by me writing about Thanksgiving in this article especially since the holiday will be over by the time you read this. However, it is totally appropriate because when you think about the greatness of the Lord, you can’t help but have an attitude of thankfulness!

A couple of weeks ago, Miss Aris Hubbard traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to compete in a track meet and did very well. In the 400 and the 200, she came in first place in her heat. In the 60 meter, she came in second place in her heat. Not only did she so well, but this was a great learning experience along with good exposure since she was able to run with middle school, high school and college students.

As usual, I will keep you posted on all of her future events. During Bible Study on Wednesday, November 20, Brother Ronald Reams presented Pastor T a beautiful picture to commemorate the mission trip to Thailand. It was drawn by one of the local artisans there and The Springs’ will place it where all can view it when they come into the church. The lesson for that night was titled, “Posture in Prayer.”

We are still in the series on prayer and Rev. Terrell explained the significance of standing, kneeling, sitting, bowing and lifting of hands concerning this subject. Standing is okay as long as you are not showing off-(Matthew 6:5-7). The main purpose for standing in public prayer is so that your voice will carry-(Nehemiah 9:5). Kneeling shows Godly sorrow and is the priestly lament. (Ezra 9:3-6) It also is the humility plea.

Every time Jesus went to his place of prayer, Gethsemane, He kneeled. (Luke 22:45) Sitting in prayer is done in the place of authority. Usually the kings and priests do this. (1 Chronicle 17:16) Bowing is considered the prayer of submission. Examples are found in Exodus 34:8-9; Ephesians 3:4 and Philippians 2:9-10. Hands lifted up is an example of a public priestly blessing. (1 Timothy 2:8) Included with these singular postures in prayer is the combination of several of these. In 1 Kings 8:54, 55 we see the union of kneeling, bowing and lifting of hands.

Of course, the Bible references listed above are just a few of the many examples of the various postures in prayer. Be sure to read the referenced passages for more understanding. Pastor Robert Terrell began his sermon on November 24, stating that the reason that today’s generation is not as thankful and kind as those in the past is that we have not shared the past with them like we should. We need to tell them about our struggles.

We are supposed to leave something to at least two generations after us. This can be money, but more importantly it could be your legacy as well. The covenant blessing comes from the man, so it is important for the man to teach the younger generations about the struggle. If you don’t tell them the struggle in order for them to receive it, then they will lose it. For this message, we went from Genesis 27 to Genesis 32. Yes, that is a good deal of reading but we needed to review all of these chapters to enjoy the full message. Jacob deceived his father in order to receive the covenant blessing.

But, in turn, he is tricked over and over by his uncle Laban and ended up working for Laban for 20 years before he could leave. Yet, Jacob was still in the covenant relationship with God. His blessings could be seen in the droves of livestock and servants that went before him as he went back home. In Genesis 32:11-32, Pastor Terrell stated that we can model Jacob and in our prayers, we can remind God of His promises. God will do that thing that man can’t do for you. When you can’t see the way and man can’t see the way, God says, “I got this!”

Because of the covenant blessing that passes through generations, Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what God has done and about telling the younger generations about what you had to go through to get the blessings. Even though Thanksgiving Day is over, we can always read these chapters in Genesis and remember Jacob’s Thanksgiving Story! Glory Be To God!

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