Genesis 32 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 32
22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. 23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
This story always puzzles me. Not that I don’t understand the meaning of the struggle with, of all people, a representative/God himself…but that the person, Jacob, was met in such a way. The guy just never got a break after his bout with cheating.
The future would be kinder to him after his ‘night-long Wrestlemania event in the steel cage of name-changing’.
This story is a preface to the surprisingly amiable encounter with Esau.
Struggle won’t come only in threes, it may come as a lifestyle of proving. God seeks to share His blessings with those who will engage in the struggles and challenges He has called us to.
Usually, he challenges us when there is no one else around…just you and Him.
God – provide me the guts and brawn that you want me to display through each challenge of strength, stamina, and stubbornness. In Your Name.