Genesis 32:28 (Wrestling) | The River Walk


“Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” (Genesis 32:28)

Read: Genesis 32:13-34:31. Matthew 11:7-30, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 3:19-20

Respond: Israel. Yitzra-el. Fights God.I’m not a fan of watching fighting. I don’t like MMA or boxing and I certainly don’t like WWE, RAW or whatever it’s called these days. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good war movie or a good Jet Li-Bruce Lee type of movie. That’s different. It’s cinematography. It’s artistry.

Wrestling? There’s something I find repulsive about two guys stepping into a ring and beating each other’s faces in. If you like it, more power too you. Me, I’d rather watch a chick flick or pull my fingernails off with a spoon.But that’s exactly what Jacob did.

(Wrestle, not the fingernails thing) He separated his family into two groups, crossed this river, and had an all night long, no holds barred, cage match with God. Crazy thing about it, he actually won. Personally, I think God was throwing the match, but all we know for sure is that at the end God tells Jacob to let Him go, but Jacob says, “Not until You bless me.” So God gave him a new name. No longer was Jacob known as a tricky deceiver.

Now he was known as a prize fighting champion.React: Jacob was rightly afraid. His past was catching up with him and he feared for his life. More than that, he feared for the lives of his family. The sin of Jacob’s past was threatening to come back around and destroy everything he had and loved. Have I run away from my past sin? Have I ignored, or hid, or tried to escape from the consequences of my past sin? When my past is threatening to destroy not just me but everything I hold dear, what am I willing to do about it? Am I willing to go toe to toe with God? Am I willing to get away from this world to fight, and keep on fighting until I have the victory? How serious am I? How desperate am I for a change? Am I willing to do whatever it takes?

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Source: Genesis 32:28 (Wrestling) | The River Walk

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  1. Hello Br Andrew 🙂
    Thanks for connecting with my blog, which lead me to find yours!
    The River Walk is a wonderful blog, but this hyper-link doesn’t work…
    So here is the correct link, if you’d like to update your page 🙂 ♥ ❤
    @ tworiversblog.com/2015/01/16/wrestling-11613/

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    • Thank you for the link and thank you for visiting, I am a knitter myself and make teddy bears for the Australian Red Cross, knitted balls for Alzheimer patients and knitted squares for folk in the Mountains to make dog blankets with. I also have a pattern for a crocheted ball which is less fun than the knitted one.

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      • Oh wow… you’re making a wonderful charity knitting effort, Sr Jessica Efo 🙂 Your items surely are of great comfort to kids, ailing adults, animals, plus their families… I encourage you to keep knitting! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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    • Thank you for the link and thank you for visiting, I am a knitter myself and make teddy bears for the Australian Red Cross, knitted balls for Alzheimer patients and knitted squares for folk in the Mountains to make dog blankets with. I also have a pattern for a crocheted ball which is less fun than the knitted one.

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      • Oh wow… I admire your charity knitting efforts! My crochet skills are minimal. And it’s been a while since I’ve knit any teddy bears/balls, which were mostly gifted to family/friends. I’ll need to get myself organized and knit stuff for charity 🙂 ♥ ❤

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      • Why not! Doing it for charity gives me the incentive to do it, now there are no small children to knit for and both of us are no longer appreciative of knitwear. I usually get one of the knitted balls done in an hour of T.V

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      • Well, that’s putting your tv time to good use! Mine is multi-tasked with writing/refining my knitting designs and/or keeping up with the blog… hmmm… Perhaps more tv time is needed?!? 😉 God bless you for your charity knitting work! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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      • My hands always want to be doing something. Sometimes i read when watching TV or play cards, since we opened our new Parish members have come up with these interesting things to do that can be done so quickly.

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