The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis Chapter 32

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Kraig J. Rice
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Genesis chapter thirty two
 Chapter 32 Jacob made it to Canaan
 Gen. 32:1 - 2 God protected Jacob with angels
 Gen. 32:3 - 21 God had everything under control
 Jacob prayed
 Share your wealth
 Gen. 32:22 - 32 Alone with God
 Jacob wrestled with Christ
 Jacob got converted to Christ
 God & salvation are wonderful gifts
 God asked a question
 Jacob received a new name
 How to have power with God
 William Henry Rice wrestled with God
 Jesus is Wonderful
 The eternal existence of Christ
 A couple of problems explained
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Genesis Chapter 32
Jacob and his family made it to the Land of Canaan

God protected Jacob with angels (Jacob's hedge of protection):
"And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said: this is God's army (host): and he called the name of that place Mahanaim"
(Genesis 32:1-2).


Angels appeared to Jacob when he left the Promised Land to go to Syria
(Genesis 28:12). And then, 20 years later, they appeared to him as an angel army as he entered back into the Promised Land. Why did God allow His angels to appear to him? My guess is that God wanted him to know that this land was indeed the land where God wanted him and his descendants to live. These angels were sent by God to welcome the pilgrim back home, but God wanted to visit him personally, and did so when Jacob was alone.

God's angels were stationed around Jacob and his possessions to form "a hedge of protection." We understand this protection from other scriptures in the bible. Satan could not get through the protective barrier around Job and complained: "Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?"
(Job 1:10).
And Jesus told His disciples: "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven"
(Matthew 18:10).

I want to tell you this true story about angelic protection. It was about my father-in-law at the time, Elmin Raymond Babcock and his miracle in the hospital. In December of 1980 my wife's father, Elmin Babcock, age 59, went into the hospital for hip replacement surgery. The operation went successful and he was recuperating well. He began physical therapy exercises, but during his first attempt at walking, a blood clot broke loose from the damaged hip area and lodged in one of his lungs. He nearly died as his blood pressure immediately dropped to forty over zero. He was rushed to the intensive care unit where the doctors said it was impossible for him to be alive. The pastors of several churches were contacted asking them to activate their "prayer chains" (Contact folks in their congregations who had the gift of intercessory prayer). That night many prayers went up to God on his behalf. Elmin was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and was ready to go home to Heaven if the Lord should call him. The doctors tried everything and gave no hope for him. That night God opened Elmin's spiritual eyes and allowed him to see angels with their wings outstretched touching each other. These angels formed a circle around him and he knew it was impossible for him to die. His condition began to stabilize the next day and by the time he left the hospital, two months later, all the doctors and nurses who worked in that hospital had heard about his miracle and many of them accepted the fact that they knew it was divine intervention that spared his life. God still works miracles, He answers prayers, and He protects those who live for and serve Him.
The word Mahanaim means "two armies" or "double camp". Jacob divided his men and animals into two main groups or camps. Angels of God, as an army, surrounded each of these groups. These angels took orders from the Captain of the Lord's Army. Later, there was a town built at this location and named Mahanaim. God, through General Joshua, allotted this town to the tribe of Gad
(Joshua 13:26 & 30).

Does God give us more information on the Army of the Lord in His word? Yes. The prophet Elisha asked God to open the eyes of a man so he could see God's army and God did it
(2 Kings 6:17). This may have been similar to the angel army that Jacob saw.


God had everything under control:
"And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom. And he commanded them, saying: thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now: and I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying: we came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; and said: if Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape. And Jacob said: oh God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast showed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And Thou saidst:
"I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude."
"And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove. And he commanded the foremost, saying: when Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying: whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee? Then thou shalt say: they be thy servant Jacob's; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us. And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying: on this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him. And say ye moreover, behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company"
(Genesis 32:3-21).

Jacob remembered that unstable Esau had wanted to murder him 20 years earlier. He didn't know if Esau was still an idol worshipper, a violent person, and one who had any forgiveness for Jacob. He didn't know that Esau had changed during that time. Some folks hold a grudge for 20 years, but fortunately for Jacob, Esau did not. It is not good for you or I to hold a grudge against another person. Rather, forgive the person. Your forgiveness does not necessarily help the other person but it helps you and will be better for your own spiritual and physical health
(Matthew 6:14-15).

It is possible that Esau was afraid of Jacob and his armed men. And, possibly, God had allowed that fear to be placed in Esau's heart so he would not harm Jacob. So, Esau brought along 400 armed men with him. Also, God may have placed in Esau's heart a longing for his only brother and a desire for reconciliation and family reunion.

Esau might have used these 400 men as a raiding party on enemy towns. Years later, David had 600 armed men and raided some enemy towns of Israel
(1 Samuel 27:8-9).

So, God had everything under control for Jacob. Right now, you may feel like your life is spinning around and out of control due to an adverse circumstance or more. I want you to take courage and face your problem head-on, asking God to help you. One time there was a discouraged man walking down the sidewalk in a major city in England. It was a foggy night. His life felt like it was spinning out of control and he needed help from God. He walked and prayed for a sign from God. Then he saw a red neon light showing brightly through the fog that read "take courage". That was it! That was what he needed. He felt better immediately because he decided to take courage and face his problems head-on in faith. That sign really encouraged him. He gave this testimony in church one Sunday and one of the parishoners started giggling. The parishoner informed him alone, after the service, that that particular sign belonged to one of the local pubs (beer joints) downtown. Courage was the name of some liquor there!


Jacob prayed:
So, what did Jacob do when he was troubled? Jacob laid his fears out before God in prayer. He prayed and confessed his unworthiness with humility. He pleaded to God for the protection of his family from Esau. Without Jacob knowing it, God had already gone before him and taken care of the matter. The matter was solved before Esau ever got there. God said:

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear"
(Isaiah 65:24).
Let's you and I go to the Lord in prayer when we are fearful. God wants us to communicate with Him in every matter that concerns us. The Apostle Paul said:
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"
(Philippians 4:6).
Will God listen to our fearful prayers that lack faith? Yes. Why? Because of Who He is. He created mankind and is well aware of mankind's faults and failings. How will He respond to us? How did He respond to Jacob's fearful prayer? God comforted him because God is a tender Father and comforts His children when they are afraid. How did God comfort him? God told him, "I will surely do thee good". God has only our best interests at heart. He was a wonderful Comforter to Jacob and will be a wonderful Comforter to you and I
(John 14:16 & 26, 15:26, & 16:7).

The groin and pelvis area of the human body can be a source of great muscular strength. Jacob's hip or thigh was disjointed which meant that God had more strength but that He allowed Jacob to win the contest on purpose. Sometimes, when we wrestle in prayer with God (since God is all powerful), He may allow us to win our prayer battle and grant us our prayer petition.


Share your wealth (Jacob shared his wealth):
Jacob made a choice to appease Esau. Sometimes gifts will soften a hardened heart. Jacob assumed that Esau had a hard heart because 20 years earlier he wanted to murder Jacob. Jacob gave Esau 580 animals. In today's economy, where you live, do you know how much money that is equivalent to? Putting it briefly, that adds up to a lot of money- money to give to someone who may hate you, but that is what Jacob did. Jacob did not mind sharing some of his wealth with his brother because Jacob knew (and so did Esau) that Jacob was going to receive most of the wealth that Isaac, their father, had after he died because Jacob had the birthright. Jacob was a shrewd businessman and our Lord gave us a parable about another shrewd businessman
(Luke 16:1-9). Should you and I be shrewd in business also? If we have wealth, let's share it in God's cause, not to appease God, but because we love Him and want to worship Him. Then we will get an eternal reward for it and be blessed. Jesus said:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal"
(Matthew 6:19-20).


Alone with God:
"And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when He saw that he prevailed not against him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with Him. And He said:
"Let Me go, for the day breaketh."
And he said, I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me. And He said unto him:
"What is thy name?"
And he said, Jacob. And He said:
"Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."
And Jacob asked Him, and said: tell me, I pray Thee, Thy name. And He said:
"Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after My name?"
And He blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his 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 32:22-32).

Jacob was alone with God. This revealed who he really was and what he was really doing. Our alone time with God may reveal the same thing. It is good when you and I spend time alone with God in prayer and fellowship. We may be like a dry sponge and need to soak up His love. We may be like an empty battery- we have given and given to others until our enery level is nearly exhausted. At such times, it is good to let Him refresh and recharge us with His power from His inexhaustable supply.



Jacob wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ:
Every once in awhile, as recorded in the holy bible, Jesus Christ would take the form of a human man and interact on some level with one or more of His children in the faith. Why did He do that? Have you ever tasted some good food- it was so good that you let it savor in your mouth for awhile before you chewed it? That way, you really got to enjoy it so much more. The flavor was wonderful. In a similar way, God really enjoyed having personal fellowship with some of His children- so much so that He wanted to enjoy them to the full. Each of these individuals really pleased the Lord from time to time so much that He had to pay them a personal visit. In the case of Jacob, He wrestled with him.

God was joyful because Jacob invited Christ to spiritually come to live in his heart. In other words, he was saved or converted to Christ that night. Jesus said: "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance"
(Luke 15:7).
God enjoys having fellowship with those individuals on this earth who mean so much to Him.

When the Lord came to Jacob, Jacob did not offer the Lord the meat from a sacrifice, like Abraham had done- rather Jacob, who did not like confrontation, wound up in a wrestling match with the King of Kings. This shows me that God was joyful with Jacob for doing His will, God enjoyed having fellowship with Jacob, and the fact that the Lord has a great sense of humor. I believe that God enjoys having fellowship with you and I. We may not wind up in a literal wrestling match with Him, but He enjoys our fellowship in other ways. I believe that He likes to visit us and be intimate with us. We can talk with each other. We can praise Him for who He is and enjoy Him as much as He enjoys us.


Jacob got converted to Christ:
By winning his wrestling match with Christ, Jacob completed his striving for the spiritual part of his birthright- he would be an ancestor of Jesus Christ, the One Who he had just wrestled with! Remember, that Christ is eternally existent. Folks were saved in Old Testament days before the cross, like they are saved today after the cross. God has always had a remnant of folks who love Him for who He is. Later, the prophet, Hosea, tells us that Jacob got saved the night that he wrestled with Christ:

"He (Jacob) 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..."
(Hosea 12:3-4).
He had "power over the Angel and prevailed" appears to be an expression of spiritual strength coming from a conversion experience.

Jacob was saved that night- in other words, he was spiritually "converted to Christ" in his heart. It is a wonderful experience when a person invites Christ to come and live in his or her heart and to take up residency there- to rule on the throne of their heart. When Christ comes into your heart, your sins will be washed away and you will have peace in your heart. Your conscience will feel free of guilt. You may find a reason for living. You will receive a new inner spiritual nature. You will have a desire to worship God, read the bible, and go to church. You will have resurrection power to help you. As an old timer once said: "all of this is better felt than telt". If you have not already done so, I encourage you to invite Jesus Christ to come and live inside of your heart right now. He is a wonderful Treasure to find.


God and salvation are wonderful gifts:
How did God bless Jacob? Besides Jacob's material possessions, that God blessed him with, God gave Jacob the gift of Himself. This happened at the time of Jacob's salvation- there is no other gift in the universe that is more precious than God Himself. He is the Greatest Treasure to find. God possessed Jacob. This was and is a blessing that only God can give to a person.

Jacob's conversion experience was a gift. I remember my conversion experience and I consider it to be a gift from God. You may remember yours, as well. Jacob started out as a man of the flesh, then he became a man who met the Lord and was converted, and then he became a man of faith.


God asked a question:
God asked Jacob what his name was. When the Lord asks a question from a person, it is not because God, Who is all knowing, seeks knowledge. Rather, it is because God is seeking an opportunity to communicate with a person on their level. God got Jacob thinking about his birth name and it's meaning. Then God blessed him by changing his name from Jacob to Israel.

Why did God dislocate Jacob's hip bone? God was teaching a lesson about God to Jacob by asking him an unspoken question through their wresting experience. The question was: "Who really has all of the power?" At another time, why did God speak verbally to Job from a whirlwind? God taught a lesson about God to Job by asking him questions through their trial circumstances
(Job 38:1 & 40:6). Notice that in each of these experiences, God went through the ordeal with His chosen servant- He did not abandon His servant to go through it by himself. There is a message here for us- God is all powerful and a Mighty Creator. He has everything under control in the universe and in your life. He wants you to know the truth about Him. He loves you and died for you to forgive you of your sins. He wants you to love Him and belong to Him. He has your best interests in mind and desires to bless you. Why? Because that is His nature- that is Who He really is. That is how a loving Father acts and what a loving Father does...


Jacob received a new name!
God changed Jacob's name to Israel. Can you please elaborate on that a little more? Ok, I will try. This is the way that I understand it- in times past, a slave may have had a name that his old owner had given to him. The scriptures teach that when an individual gets converted to Christ, he or she is spiritually born again
(John 3:3). When that happens to an individual, the person is like a new born baby who needs a name. The new born individual receives a new owner (God) and can receive a new name that his Master gives to him. In other words, based on our faith in God, we changed sides- from Satan's side to God's side. We became love slaves to God and He had a right to give us a new name if He wanted to
(Revelation 2:17). A similar thing can happen in marriage. For example, a couple of my friends just got married. When they did, the bride changed her last name to make it the same as his last name. Another example might be when a baby is born, the baby has to be named. In a similar way, when a grown up individual is born again spiritually (accepts Christ in the new birth experience) he or she can have a new name. So, it was a religious custom years ago, that when a person became born again, they could receive a new name because they had a new identity and Owner (God). For instance, Saul changed his name to Paul (the Apostle)
(Acts 13:9).

When Jacob, as a love slave, received a new owner, He received a new name as a blessing. Jacob was blessed with a new name worthy of a new man or new creation in Christ Jesus. God changed his name to match the change in his heart. His name was changed from Jacob to Israel, but thereafter, he was not consistently called that name in the writings of Moses
(Genesis 46:2). This was probably done to eliminate any confusion that might arise between the person of Israel and the nation of Israel.

What do those names mean? The word Peniel (Penuel) means "the face of God" or "facing God". A town with this name was later built at this site where Jacob wrestled with Christ
(Judges 8:8-9 & 17; 1 Kings 12:25). This town was located on the north bank of the Jabbok River close to the Jordan River in Israel.

As you may remember, the name Jacob meant "one that supplants". The English word supplant refers to one who takes the place of another by trickery or force. So, no longer would Jacob be called by a name that meant that he was a supplanter or a deceiver. The name Israel means "who prevails with God". Rather, he would be known as the powerful one that prevailed with God- a man who was humble, repentant, and trusted God.


How can a believer have power with God?
Jacob had power with God. One main question may be asked here: how can any true believer have power with God? The answer is Jacob's surrender to God. This answer by Jesus was repeated 3 times in His gospels:
(Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; and Luke 9:23). In our spiritual wrestling with the Lord, we may find out that our struggling and resisting against Him is no good. We won't win against God. However, our yielding and holding on to Him is good. It may win us the wrestling match.

Jacob's strength was his weakness. He was not too prideful to wrestle with God. In other words, Jacob saw himself as weak so God could be strong through him and use him to accomplish His will. Paul the Apostle stated:
"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong"
(2 Corinthians 12:10).


William Henry Rice wrestled with God:
I want to share with you the story of how my paternal great-grandfather, William Henry Rice wrestled with God in the spirit for his salvation. He had very little education, but he was an intelligent man. He never knew how to read and so it is doubtful if his parents could. He did not have a teacher to teach him, so he taught himself how to read. What did he do after he learned how to read? He started reading and what did he read? He read a book about the outlaw, Jesse James. When one of his sons was born, he named him Jesse James Rice. I know this to be true because my grandmother told me about this because she was married to Jesse James Rice. Just think- I had a grandfather named after an outlaw! He also read the Bible and by so doing he was convicted of his sins by God the Holy Spirit. He felt he had to make a decision about Jesus Christ one way or another. So he went by himself down to the old creek bed by his farm house in Texas. He was alone with God. It was not an easy decision for him to make. He wrestled with God for quite some time in the spirit. Then he made up his mind to accept Jesus Christ as his saviour and he invited Jesus Christ to come into his heart. When did this happen? It happened in August of 1907, on his property outside of Yoakum, Texas, in De Witt County. His conversion to Christ resulted in him leading his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Karl) Rice, and his mother, Adeline Prudence (Courtney) Rice, to Christ. You may have to wrestle with God also in order to gain the victory- the victory being the salvation of your soul.


Jesus is Wonderful:
Jacob asked the Lord what His name was. Jesus replied with another question and did not answer it. Later, the father of Samson, asked the Lord what His name was
(Judges 13:17-18). The Lord replied with another question: "why askest thou thus after My name, seeing it is secret?" The Hebrew word for secret here is piliy meaning "wonderful" or "incomprehensible" or "extraordinary". So, one could interpret this verse this way:
"why askest thou thus after My name, seeing it is Wonderful?" Later, Isaiah, the prophet, also stated: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful..."
(Isaiah 9:6). The Hebrew word for Wonderful here is pele meaning "wonder" or "marvel". Those are beautiful words that describe our Lord.


The eternal existence of Christ:
How could Jesus Christ have been the Angel of the Lord or the Angel of God? One of the attributes of Jesus Christ, as God the Son, is that He is eternally existent. What does that mean? It means that Jesus is alive for all time- He does not have a beginning and an ending like you and I have on this earth. Let's look at a couple of passages of scripture that prove this.

Jesus said unto them:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I AM"
(John 8:58).
What does that mean? If I change the wording a little bit, it could read: "Before Abraham was in existence, I was in existence". In theology, this is called the eternality of Christ or the eternal existence of Christ and this doctrine is part of the study of Jesus Christ (Christology).

Did Jesus say anything else about Him being eternally existent? Yes. One time He was talking to the Pharisees- well, here is the story:
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, what think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, the son of David. He saith unto them, how then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, the Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions"
(Matthew 22:41-46).
David could call Christ Lord, only, if Christ existed before David did because He is eternally existent. And then David could call Christ his son because, in His incarnation (when Christ came to earth in human form born of Mary), Christ was of legal descent from King David. Of course, the answer to that question is not what the Hebrew leaders wanted to admit.

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    So it is easy for us to see how Jesus Christ was the Angel of the Lord or the Angel of God.


    A couple of alleged problems explained:
    1.   Moses wrote in Genesis 32:24 that Jacob wrestled with a man. The Hebrew word for man here is iysh meaning "whosoever". So, the verse can be translated that Jacob wrestled with whosoever. The prophet, Hosea, described Jacob as having wrestled with an angel
    (Hosea 12:4). The Hebrew word for angel there is malak. The word can be translated to mean "theophanic angel". So, the verse can be translated he had power over the theophanic angel. Is God's word full of errors and not credible because of this alleged difference? No. It is simply a translation difference. Jesus can be a whosoever and a theophanic angel at the same time. He was often refered to as the Angel of the Lord or the Angel of God by Old Testament writers.

    What in the world is a theophanic angel? The word theophanic comes from the word theophany. What is that? A theophany is just a big fancy word in theology that refers to Jesus Christ (as God) appearing as a man or an angel in Old Testament times. For example, one time General Joshua met General Jesus Christ. Here is the story:
    "And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a Man over against him with his sword drawn in His hand: and Joshua went unto Him, and said unto Him, art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And He said, "nay; but as Captain of the Host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, what saith my Lord unto his servant? And the Captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so"
    (Joshua 5:13-15).
    Notice that General Joshua did not recognize General Jesus and that is why his first question to General Jesus was irrelevant. Then General Jesus let him know who He was and Joshua worshipped Him. Then Joshua started winning battles because God helped him as long as the Israelites were obedient to God. If you or I want to win spiritual battles for the Lord, we have to stay humble and obedient to Him.

    2.   The word peniel means "face of God" or "he that sees God". The word penuel has the same meaning as peniel. The Apostle John stated: "No man hath seen God at any time"
    (1 John 4:12).
    So how could Jacob have seen God? The Apostle John was referring to God the Father. His brilliance is so great that no man in the flesh can look upon Him and live. Even the prophet, Isaiah, could only see a little of His brilliance through the thick smoke around His throne. God allowed that smoke to protect Isaiah
    (Isaiah 6:1-4). But, God the Son, Jesus Christ, has allowed Himself to be seen many times, in many places, and in many ways as recorded in the holy bible. Jacob wrestled with Him and Jacob knew He was God.

    What is the relevance? Each of us should be as intimate with God as we can be. We can wrestle with Him and we can also be intimate with Him in our daily walk, in our service with Him, in our prayer life, and in many other ways.



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