Getting Alone With God Is The Way To Victory
Scripture reading: Genesis 32:24-33:11-Passion
24 and Jacob was left all alone. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a man appeared and wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he was not winning the match, he struck Jacob’s hip and knocked it out of joint, leaving it wrenched as he continued to wrestle with him. 26 Eventually, the man said to him, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob refused, “No! Not until you bless me!” 27 “What is your name?” asked the man. “Jacob” he replied. 28 “Not anymore,” the man said to him. “Your new name is Israel, for you have struggled both with God and with people and have overcome.” 29 Jacob said, “Please, tell me your name.” “Why ask my name?” the man replied, then he spoke a blessing over Jacob. 30 So Jacob named the place Penuel, saying, “I have seen God face-to- face, yet my life has been spared!” 31 The sun rose upon him as he crossed the Jabbok River from Penuel, limping because of his hip. To this day, the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle attached to the hip socket, because the man struck Jacob’s hip socket at the thigh muscle.
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