Jacob was finally returning home from the East. He had spent many years working to support his wives and children. He was wealthy now, but there was something he could not forget. In Genesis 32, we read how the LORD wrestles with Jacob all night and as morning dawns, Jacob asks Him for a blessing. It is here that God changes Jacob’s name to Israel. The name Israel means, “One who struggles with God.” God knew that Jacob would be meeting his brother Esau soon after. In a way, God was undoing much of the wrong done years before. God never tells us to steal or be deceitful. The LORD wanted Jacob to know that he had contended with God and would contend with man. Jacob had stolen Esau’s birthright and ran off. How would Esau respond to him now? Would he expect payback? The blessings of God are rich in surprise and wipe away sorrow.
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