Genesis 32:29-32 – HOW TO HANDLE THE GREATEST CONFLICT OF ALL
Instructions in Diplomatic Integrity – Part 14
Jacob is preparing to come face to face with Esau. Along the way, Jacob faces an assailant who turns out to be God Himself who fights with him until dawn and then blesses him? Such experiences along the way are significant. How can I keep moving forward with what I have learned?
- ACKNOWLEDGE THE SETBACKS AND THE SUCCESSES
Success in the Shadow of Failure. © by Ross Cochrane
“Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”
“The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.” (Genesis 32:29,30 NLT).
Like Paul, Jacob became strong only when he became weak (2 Corinthians 12:1-10).
As Jacob, he had deceived his father into giving him the blessing. In this fight, he sought the blessing of God. Perhaps spiritual warfare is sometimes struggling with God for a blessing. As Israel; “One who struggled with God”, he will enter the land and into the promises of God as a man with authority and faith, but not without struggle and a limp.
The faith journey is not always easy. I acknowledge the setbacks and blessings. Both are lifechanging experiences that God will use for the journey ahead.
Later, Hosea 12:3-5 (NLT) recalls this event by saying, “Even in the womb, Jacob struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God. Yes, he wrestled with the angel and won. He wept and pleaded for a blessing from Him. There at Bethel he met God face to face, and God spoke to him— the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the Lord is His name!”
In Exodus 33:11 (NLT), “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” and miracles resulted from his relationship. Gideon had an experience of meeting God face to face and did not die. Daniel, Paul and John had first hand, face to face encounters with God.
Genesis 32:32 says “(Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)”
Nice touch to end the chapter.
Never the same again, Jacob had a new blessing, a new limp, and a new name. He was spared, delivered, saved, rescued, redeemed. His very survival recognizes the grace of God.
Jacob has faced the greatest conflict of them all. He has come face to face with God. He is yet to come face to face with Esau and his army. He has survived his encounter with God with a dislocated hip. What will his encounter with Esau bring?
Genesis 33:1 (NLT) “Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men.” What happens next? (Find out by reading Part 15. Coming soon).