The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
Jacob Wrestling With God Study
Why Would Jacob Wrestle With God
Prepare to experience yet another awesome story from the book of
Genesis with Daily Bread. Let's look in on Jacob again as he
continues his journey home from Haran. The last thing we knew, Laban
had chased after Jacob because he had left with his daughters without
letting him say goodbye to them. Also, Rachel had stolen Laban's
idols without Jacob's knowledge of it and Laban accused Jacob of
stealing them. After peace was made and Laban went back to Haran,
Jacob continued his trip home.
God's Angels met Jacob on his way. When Jacob saw them he said, This
is God's host. He named the place where he saw them Mahanaim, which
means two armies. Can you imagine seeing an army of God's Angels? Not
bread crumbs like with Hansel and Gretel to lead God's chosen back
home, but Angels! Ya gotta luv Him.
Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau. His message
said, Your servant Jacob says this, I've spent some time with Laban
and stayed there until now. I have livestock and servants and I've
sent to greet you my lord so that I may find grace in your eyes.
When the messengers returned they said that Jacob's brother Esau was
coming to meet him with four hundred men. Jacob was scared, so he
separated the people and the flocks and herds with him into two
groups. He said, If Esau comes to one group and attacks it then the
other group will escape.
Jacob Wrestling With God Purpose
Wrestle With God Warning
Jacob prayed, Oh God of Abraham and Isaac, you said to go home and
you would protect me. Rescue me I beg you, from Esau. I'm afraid that
he will attack me and my family. You said you would make my seed as
the sand of the sea that can't be numbered.
Jacob stayed there that night, and decided to give all that he had to
his brother. He divided his servants among the flocks and herds, as
well as the camels, cows, bulls, donkeys and colts. He sent them one
group at a time in front of him, with space between each group. He
told the ones in front that when Esau asks who they are and where
they're going, they should say they are your servant Jacob's and they
are a present sent to you, and to be sure to say that Jacob was
behind them. Jacob thought that by the time his many flocks, herds
and servants had gone ahead and then he reached Esau, that his anger
would diminish and Esau would accept him.
He sent his wives and children ahead of him over a brook there and
remained behind for the night. And a man wrestled with him there
until dawn. And Jacob said, I will not let you go unless you bless
me. The man touched the inner part of his thigh which made Jacob's
thigh out of joint as they wrestled. The man said, Let me go, it's
daylight. Jacob said no, not until you bless me. Then the man asked,
What is your name? And he answered, Jacob. Then He said, Your name is
no longer Jacob, but Israel because you have power like a prince with
God and with men and have won. The name Israel means, who prevails
And Jacob asked the man His name. And the man said, Why do you ask my
name and never answered. He blessed Jacob there. And Jacob named that
place Peniel (face or vision of God), and said, I have seen the face
of God and my life is preserved.
Jacob Wrestling With God Event
Wrestle With God Outcome
Isn't that just so cool? Now let's get some facts straight ... We
know where the nation now known as Israel came from. Jacob's name was
changed to Israel. We know that Jacob wrestled with someone and most
assume it was with God Himself because of what Jacob said about
seeing God face to face. However ... The man asked Jacob what his
name was. God knew his name was Jacob. We also know that Jesus (when
He was on Earth) said that nobody has seen God's face. So just who
was Jacob wrestling with? Was it an Angel? Was it the devil? Was he
wrestling with he himself?
Is it coincidence that just before he had this wrestling match, he
was fearful of his brother Esau? He placed himself alone and then had
this wrestling match or struggle. Was this God's testing of Jacob as
Abraham had his test? Was God showing Jacob that His blessing was all
that was needed, and that Esau's acceptance of him was a wrestling
match of a different kind that would last for a long time as the
descendants of Esau and Ishmael despise Israel to this day? Was Jacob
wrestling with his own faith? Was it the devil tempting him or was it
God showing Jacob that Jacob was able to overcome his fears and had
the power of God to do so? Despite what or who Jacob was wrestling
with, he was pronounced as having a new name which meant that he
prevails with God's Power.
Jacob Wrestling With God Summary
Wrestle With God Conclusion
We all find ourselves wrestling with God in our daily lives from time
to time. We seek our own will instead of His at times which creates
the spiritual wrestling match. If you find yourself wrestling with
God, do as Jacob did and ask Him for his blessing instead of
wrestling with Him and see how well it all turns out.
We will get to find out in our next story what happens when Jacob
meets with his brother Esau again. Until next time we share Daily
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