Jacob’s Wrestle with the Angel

“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 strained, 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 thou hast striven 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.” (Ge 32:24-29 ASV)


An interesting incident, Jacob’s wrestle with the Angel (Gen. xxxii. 24-29), inasmuch as it gives us an insight into the possibilities and the impossibilities of angelic nature.

The record is that they “excel in strength” (Psalm ciii. 20); but this incident makes manifest the fact that their strength lies not in mere muscular force, or Jacob would not have been able to retain his hold of the angel as he did, but in the control of the spirit. A Leyden Jar is in itself a very fragile thing, yet, pent up therein, is a force almost incalculable. A small bomb can besat upon by an infant, although containing “power”which, if let loose, will remove fortresses.

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