Genesis Chapter 32:
Gen 32:1-32 KJV
(1) And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
(2) And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
(3) And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
(4) 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:
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) 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;
(8) And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.
(9) And Jacob said, O 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:
(10) I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
(11) 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.
(12) 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.
(13) And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
(14) Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
(15) Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
(16) 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.
(17) 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?
(18) 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.
(19) 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.
(20) 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.
(21) So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
(22) 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.
(23) And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.
(24) And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
(25) 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.
(26) And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
(27) And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
(28) 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.
(29) 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.
(30) And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
(31) And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
(32) 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.
Thought For This Chapter…
Humble faith… this is perhaps the most wonderful gift that can be had by sinful mankind. This type of faith is one that looks to the Lord for all things, realizing that without Him we can do nothing. This is the type of faith that was strengthened as Jacob wrestled with the Angel (Christ Himself – vs 30) in our section of Scripture for today.
In this short account (Genesis 32:24-29), we find how the Lord builds our faith through the use of trials and other oppositions in our lives…
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day”.
– The Lord sends, or allows trials in our lives to build our faith that stems from humility.
“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.”
– This was an act that increased Jacob’s humility. Although it APPEARED as if Jacob’s strength was overcoming the Lord, in actuality, the Lord was allowing Jacob to prevail over Him. This was proven by the Lord throwing Jacob’s hip out of joint, disabling him and leaving Jacob with a permanent reminder of the need to humbly trust in Him no matter what opposition we may face
“And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”
– Being humbled by the Lord only produced a greater faith in Jacob’s heart.
“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.”
– Based upon Jacob’s increasing humble faith, his name was changed. This change reflected he was no longer harmful to others as a “heel catcher”, but his life and testimony would be beneficial to others as he possessed power with God as a “prince with God”.
“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.”
– What began as a time of opposition and trial in Jacob’s life ended up being a time of great blessing for him and all of God’s people after him.
Through this event, we can see one of the greatest roles that life’s opposition play in our lives. … to grow our humble faith, developing a deeper trust in Christ as we recognize our total inability without Him…
Mar 9:24 KJV
(24) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.