“Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.”
God pronounced blessing as early as the fifth day of creation. Blessing is God’s goodness made “gooder.”
Further into the record of Genesis, we see more occasions in which the words of blessing are pronounced. Jacob’s struggle with Esau to obtain his father’s pronouncement of blessing is the most prominent instance. His struggle with an angel (or with God?) to obtain a pronouncement of blessing is noteworthy. In every case, this verbal giving of blessing was understood as far more than words, but as an irrevocable transfer of God’s special enablement and abundance.
- Genesis 32:1-32 (newgracebaptistchurch.wordpress.com)
- What is the meaning of Jacob wrestling with God? (altruistico.wordpress.com)