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Jacob got up in the middle of the night and took his family with their possessions across the brook Jabbok (vv. 22-23) for safety. This was about 24 miles north of the dead Sea. He then goes back and spends the night alone (v. 24). At this point Jacob experiences the second greatest spiritual crises in his life. At Bethel he saw the ladder and at Jabbok he wrestles a man who many Bible commentators identify as the pre-incarnate Christ (vv. 25-32).
The fact that this wrestling match lasted till daybreak suggests a long, decisive battle (vv. 25-26). The old, carnal, stubborn, fighting, self-sufficient, and unyielding Jacob was very much alive. It was not until the assailant touched Jacob’s hip and it went out of joint that he realized his need for a full and unconditional surrender to God. He had prayed for deliverance (Gen. 32:11) and now his prayer was answered in a way he had not expected with this face to face encounter with the living God. We see Jacob, now a man broken by God (vv. 24-27).
He was no longer fighting but clinging. He was told that his name would be changed from Jacob to Israel as he was blessed (vv. 28-29). He left Peniel limping as he said, “I have seen God face to face” (vv. 30-32). That is why even today the people of Israel don’t eat the hip muscle of any animal. Jacob’s wrestling match left him with a painful limp but a better understanding of God, and because of this painful encounter, he took a giant spiritual leap forward.
I can have instant food, instant transportation, instant communication and instant everything but I cannot have instant holiness. It may take time and some painful experiences in life for God to bring me to spiritual maturity.
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Genesis 29:1-12Jacob Moves to Laban’s Territory
Genesis 29:13-35Jacob Marries Leah And Rachael
Genesis 30:1-24Leah And Rachael Compete for Jacob’s Love
Genesis 30:25-43Jacob’s Flocks Prosper
Genesis 31:1-16Jacob Moves His Flocks to Canaan
Genesis 31:17-42Laban Chases Jacob And Confronts Him
Genesis 31:43-55Laban And Jacob Make Peace
Genesis 32:1-21Jacob Sends Messengers And Gifts to Esau
Genesis 32:22-32Jacob Wrestles With God
Genesis 33:1-20Jacob Mets Esau
Genesis 34:1-7Jacob And Leah’s Daughter Dinah is Raped
Genesis 34:8-31Revenge by Jacob’s Sons
Genesis 35:1-15Jacob’s Return to Bethel
Genesis 35:16-29The Deaths of Rachel And Isaac