As seen in Pt.3, Jacob wrestled all night with God. And, just as the “man” (God) is about to break away and leave him, Jacob cries out, v.26b, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” But, instead of a blessing, it was a question that next came from the mouth of this stranger… v. 27, “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.”
The man/God, of course, knew his name. And, what’s in a name? In this case, everything! As Jacob said his name out loud he must have seen his entire life flashing before his eyes… JACOB… HEEL-GRABBER… DECEIVER… Saying his name was like, well, like giving a confession. Just think what it would be like to be named after your biggest character flaw? What would your name be? “God, I confess, my name is _________________.”
This was the next step in Jacob’s transformation/recovery as it is with our own: to openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. Not easy to do but this is where tremendous breakthrough takes place.
(Stay tuned. There will be two guest postings next week and then I’ll conclude Jacob’s story of transformation.)