Pastor Rusty Brian
- Jacob and Esau are on a collision course to meet (Jacob has been on the run, trying to avoid Esau).
- Prior to meeting, an angel comes before Jacob and they wrestle (in this case – is this Jacob wrestling with God?)
- Is this God interceding? God allowing Jacob to win so to give the blessing, leading to becoming the heir to God’s promise. Though God allows Jacob to win, he gives Jacob a permanent wound as a reminder from that he wrestled God, struggled against God.
- Wrestling with God leaves a mark. If you ask a question, be prepared for God’s answer. Three exchanges:
- At daybreak, the man tells Jacob to let him go. Jacob refuses.
- The man asks Jacob his name. The man changes Jacob’s name, to Israel.
- Jacob asks the man’s name. Upon refusal, he blesses Jacob, then disappears.
- Jacob, receiving the blessing, is now changed, and is now ready to meet Esau.
- Three take aways:
- It is okay to question God. Know that God will answer.
- Your identity changes (name is symbolic)
- New crippling.
- Our God will allow himself to lose if the situation dictates in order to win. Counter-intuitive: this shows God is not like other gods.