Please Explain What Is This????? LOL

April 7, 2008 12:22pm CST
According to these verses, God takes part in a wrestling match, but He wins by injuring Jacob's hip! Read this; Genesis 32:24-30 (King James Version) 24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25And 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. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28And 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. 29And 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. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. I'm just looking for answers and explanation, so please tell me what you believe!
2 responses
@danzer (2731)
• Philippines
8 Apr 08
Jacob was blessed because he "wrestled" with an angel. I think that it means Jacob was fervent and persevering until he gets the blessing of God. The angel that wrestled with him was no doubt Jesus Christ. If we want something from God, we need to be patient and persevering until God answers our prayers! Good day to you
• Malaysia
8 Apr 08
he've seen God's face, and he've had wrestled with God, and the God played trick to win the wrestling??? that's the problem here. How can I stop to think after watching Bruce movie??? God's face??? wrestling??? ARh...that's movie drove me crazy with those verses! Good day to you and thank u for comment!
@fectoab (72)
• Canada
30 Jun 08
While the text could easily be understood as though it's the Almighty God that was wrestling with Jacob, one must always keep in mind the rest of the Bible and its content before understanding one particular verse. For example, in other parts of the Bible it's well indicated that "No man could ever see God and live." Look this up in Exodus 33:20. It only makes sense that such a powerful being could ne be seen by mere humans. Just imagine how he created the powerful sun that keeps us warm each day and we can't even look directly at the sun even though it's so far away. Can you imagine the source of energy behind creating such a star? Jacob was not the only one in the Bible to mention that he'd saw God. There is the account of Moses in Exodus 3:4,6 where it says: "God called unto him out of the midst of the bush" and he said that he was God and ..., but if you read Exodus 3:2, it reads that the one behind this was God but he was represented by an angel. The same expression is again found in Judges 13:3-22. In verse 3 it openly states that it's the angel of God that's speaking to Manoah and yet in verse 22 he concludes that they will certainly die because they've seen God (of course they didn't die because they didn't actually see God; this only meant that they saw God's representive-an angel). It is the same case with Jacob; he didn't wrestle with God. He wrestled with an angel; the respresentive that God sent forth to deliver the message to Jacob. Another clue we have that it was not God himself is that Jacob asked the angel what his name was? If he were wrestling with God, wouldn't he had known who he was?? Angels often didn't reveal their names because of keeping there humble positions as messengers of God; they didn't do anything to draw undo attention to themselves and take away from God's purpose. It wasn't about them and therefore they didn't necessarily reveal their names. I hope this helps.