WRESTLING FOR BLESSINGS
Leslie M. John
“And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. (Genesis 32:26)”.
Jacob was in great fear as was he returning to meet his brother Esau, whom he cheated by grabbing his birthright for a tasty meal. As he was resting in the nigh all alone, a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.
Prophet Hosea described Jacob as the one who took his brother by the heel in the womb, had power over the angel, and prevailed. The man did not prevail against Jacob as he wrestled and, therefore, he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, and his thigh was out of joint. Dislodge thigh from the socket of a man, and he will be disabled fully!
“He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us” (Hosea 12:3-4)
Jacob wept and made supplication to the man to bless him. Therefore, the ultimate power was with the man or the angel as described by Hosea the prophet. Jacob pleaded for blessings and said he would not leave him unless the man blesses him. God can disable us and give pain for His glory; but He will not leave us without enabling us to return to Him to glorify Him double-fold! He said to apostle Paul.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
The man blessed him and said henceforth he will not be called Jacob but by the name “Israel”. Jacob called the name of the place “Peniel” (cf. Genesis 32:24-32, Hosea 12:3-4)
The children of Israel, therefore, do not eat, unto this day, the sinew which shrank which is upon the hollow of the thigh.
“Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank” (Genesis 32:32)