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Establishing Values Through Practice

Genesis 32:22-32

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone,and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Jacob walked with a limp and because of his experience, and the children of Israel didn’t eat the meat of the hip ever since.  Why is this significant?

As explained in this excerpt from Leadership Forum:

This is truly a spiritual marker for Jacob, but the ongoing practice of not eating the meat from this area commemorates the name change to Israel and it    commemorates God’s blessing.  One of the ways we value something is to commemorate it through our daily practice.

The value of faith, might be commemorated with daily family prayer

The value of encouragement, could be commemorated with a “you are special” plate during  family meals

The value of trust, could be commemorated by assigning individual responsibilities to family members

Do you see how each of these represents an opportunity to daily live out and enforce your values?  What are some ways to craft expressions, reinforcements of, displays of your selected values?