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Contemporary with innovative harmonies. Moderate difficulty. A long solo with many different moods as is common with Bible stories. The solo opens with a verse by Jim about the story, then has adapted words from the Bible, and ends with another verse from Jim summing up the story. Words: Jim E. Barnes, adapted from the Bible. Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist. © 2002.
Jacob at Peniel
Music: Jim E. Barnes and Susan I. Lindquist
Words: Jim E. Barnes, adapted from the Genesis 32
God’s love binds one family, one country, one world; His presence protects
one and all.
This truth came to Jacob when he finally saw that fear had no power at all.
Jacob feared for his life at the hand of his brother, and fled his home in
Fourteen years, Jacob lived in exile, afraid to return to his home.
One day, God said unto Jacob, “Return to your home and your lands.
Believe the truth that I will be with you where-ere you go, and whatever
Jacob said, “Save me from the hand of my brother, I fear when I return he
will kill me.”
No reply came from God, who had already spoken, And Jacob’s fear grew even
Jacob was alone, thinking no one could save him, when a messenger from God
said to him:
“I will be with you, to protect you, preserve you.”
The same message God had said before.
All through the night Jacob wrestled his thoughts: Will I die, or is God’s
At first light, again he heard God speak to him: “I will be with you
whatever you do.”
The messenger said, “Let me go, the dawn breaketh. Loose your hold.” But
Jacob held fast.
But as the light of God’s truth showed his fear to be nothing, Jacob turned
loose, for he felt safe at last.
Free from the fear that had almost consumed him, he rose up to greet this
bright new day.
He called this place Peniel, for he’d seen God face to face. And he went
forth with God leading the way.
So, God was with Jacob, and had always been. His presence protects one and
His love binds one family, one country, one world; his presence protects
one and all.
His presence protects one and all.
© 2002 Jim E. Barnes