Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Jacob wrestling with the angel

Jacob wrestled for survival of his people. If any neglect the preparation and heed not the faithful warnings given, they will be without excuse. The angel seemed to be resisting his prayer, by continually calling his sins to his remembrance, at the same time endeavoring to break away from him. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. The angel regarded his prayer with seeming indifference, continually making efforts to release

To the second question: was God trying to kill Jacob? In the wrestling match, Jacob wrestles with God until daybreak (verse 24). As the wicked gather about them, they will be filled with anguish, for, like Jacob, they can see no escape for their lives. And when they should meet Jacob, not one of them should do him harm.

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July 1, 2009 Wrestling w angels Jacob received from Laban what he did to Esau, out of it, he learned obedience, faith, love and hope through G_d. In his dream he saw Jacob in exile from his father's house for twenty years, because he was afraid of his life. Then God touches the hollow of Jacob's thigh and dislocates it, demonstrating that He could have easily defeated Jacob at any time. In his distress Jacob referred to the repentance of his soul, the deep humility he had felt for his wrongs. The spirit of G_d triumphs. Jacob's distress when he learned that Esau was marching against him with four hundred men, represents the trouble of the righteous as the decree goes forth to put them to death, just before the coming of the Lord. Jacob in his distress prayed all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau. When Esau awoke he related his dream to his four hundred men and told them that they must not injure Jacob, for the God of his father was with him. Esau was marching against Jacob with an army, for the purpose of killing his brother. However, the way Hosea 12:3-4 refers to the event is just as unclear, because in verse 3 it says that Jacob "struggled with God" and in verse 4 it says that Jacob "struggled with the angel."

All night Jacob wrestled with the angel, making supplication for a blessing. He saw in his dream Jacob's humility and angels of God around about him. So also will the righteous, in their time of trouble and anguish, wrestle in prayer with God, as Jacob wrestled with the angel. A man is not stronger than an angel. His life had been one of doubt, perplexity, and remorse because of his sin, until his earnest wrestling with the angel, and the evidence he there obtained that God had pardoned his sins.

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The period of probation is the time granted to all to prepare for the day of God. Jacob was obedient in returning to Esau. Then the man said, 'Let me go, for it is daybreak.' But Jacob replied, 'I will not let you go unless you bless me.' The man asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he answered. Jacob's earnest, persevering wrestling with the angel should be an example for Christians: Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined.

Later, in the Book of Hosea, the Bible and the Torah mention Jacob's wrestling again. He did not sanction any wrong course which Jacob pursued. Jacob was determined to hold the angel, not by physical strength, but by the power of living faith. The angel placed himself before Jacob, and he took hold of the angel and held him and wrestled with him all night. He dreamed that when they met he had no mind to harm him. This was a lesson in humility - showing Jacob that compared to God, he was nothing.

Verses 24 through 28 describe the wrestling match between Jacob and the man, in which Jacob ultimately prevails: "So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. But while Jacob was wrestling with the angel that night, another angel was sent to move upon the heart of Esau in his sleeping hours. AnonymousClarksville, AR/USA

The Lord heard the supplications of Jacob, and changed the purposes of Esau's heart. Even Esau who wanted to kill him had a change of heart. Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.'"

Jacob and Esau represent two classes: Jacob, the righteous, and Esau, the wicked. The righteous in their mental anguish will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the hand of the wicked who surround them. And he marked his sorrow to find his mother dead. So what kind of angel tried to stop him? Jacob's faith persisted that overcame rebellion and evil, not his physical strength. Inner change over all physical barriers.

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