"Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with
God and with men and have overcome.'"
The night that Jacob wrestled with an angel, God decided to give him a new name. The new name of “Israel” was significant because it meant that he had not only struggled against God, but against man as well. The most interesting part about Jacob’s name change was that he continued to be known by both names. To his family he was Jacob, but to the generations that came after him, he was known as Israel. He represented exactly what God’s Hebrew children were going through: struggle against man and God. What better way to commemorate that than with a name change.
DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN YOU LOVE JESUS, HE GIVES YOU A NEW NAME, TOO?
HE HAS CALLED YOU "FRIEND"
(SEE JOHN 15:15).
Bible In A Year
- Isaiah 20-22
- Psalm 81
- Acts 1