Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

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Jacob was left all alone after he had sent his 2 female servants, 2 wives, and 11 sons across the Jabbok brook.

At night, an angel of God wrestled with Jacob until the sun rise in the morning.

When the angel of God saw that he cannot overcome Jacob. He touches the hip of Jacob and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of place.

And so Jacob couldn’t walk properly and was limb. But Jacob was still holding on to the angel of God and will not let go.

The angel of God said, “Look, the sun has risen. Please let go of me.”

Jacob said, “I will not let go my hand on you unless you give me your blessing.”

The angel of God said, “What is your name?”

He replied, “My name is Jacob.”

The angel of God said, “You will no longer be called Jacob. From now on, your name is Israel because you have fought with God and man and has won.”

Jacob said, “Please let me know what your name is.” The angel of God answered, “You don’t have to know my name.”

Jacob named the place Peniel because he sees God face to face and yet he survives.

Just as the sun was rising over Peniel, Jacob arose and limped on his hip.

That is why the people of Israel today do not eat the muscles from the socket on the hip which shrank because He touched Jacob’s socket and its muscle shrank.

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