Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” Gen. 32:24-26
This Sunday we will hear the curious story of Jacob’s all-night wrestling match with a mysterious being. The text leaves room for interpretation of who Jacob encounters and what the wrestling means. The experience has a profound effect on Jacob. The experience is not just physical but is an encounter with God. Jacob leaves limping and with a new name, and with a transformed faith. God, who had been a background character in the story of Jacob and his family, now takes center stage.
Have you experienced God in the midst of a struggle? How were you able to recognize God in that experience? In what ways were you changed?
Join us on Sunday night at 6 pm on Zoom (Download Bulletin) as we grapple with this story, and seek God in worship, scripture, community, and our moments of struggle.