The Jabbok Experience

Today's Bible reading: Genesis 32:22-32

It is in this context - of God not denying His own goodness - that we need to understand Jacob’s experience there by the Jabbok River.  Jacob wrestles with a stranger on the river bank.  The strong man who has long been fighting God - not just people - wins the victory.  Or does he?  We can put it this way: by being defeated in the end, he wins God's blessing!  And - like other great men of the Old Testament - he is marked as a key person in God's plan by receiving a new name: Israel – which literally means “he who wrestles with God.”

Prayer: Lord, in Baptism, You have promised to be my God.  Grant to me what you see that I need.  Amen.