This is the turning point in the history of God’s people—God changed Jacob’s name. Why is that a big deal…Well God was not simply changing Jacob’s name, He was changing Israel’s identity. When Jacob left his parents home he was “The Deceiver”. He always had an angle and always served his self interest. Now as he returned, he was no longer that guy. He was now the guy whose tenacity and faith helped him build a family and the beginnings of a nation. He was God’s chosen patriarch for God’s chosen people. We are not hearing from the Prime Minister of “Jacob”, Isaac or Abraham—no we are hearing from the Prime minister of Israel.
We who know Christ as our savior have the same experience. We meet him as lost one, heathen or wretched sinner—but by trusting him–we become “redeemed one”, saved and chosen. We move from lost to family. 2 Corinthians 5:17 sums it up nicely, “If anyone is in Christ, they are new creations. The old is gone and behold all things are new.” Like Jacob, we are changed to be God’s chosen and we experience all the rights and benefits that being family enjoys. That is why we call each other brothers and sisters! Praise his name!!!
God Bless You
This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.
When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.
Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
“What is your name?” the man asked.He replied, “Jacob.”
“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.”
“Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.