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From Jacob to Israel

October 29th, 2019 | 1 min read

By Caleb Wait

Break out your bibles and join Alastair, Derek, and Matt for an old fashion bible study of Genesis 32:22-32, the story of Jacob’s name change. Why does Jacob demand the name of the one he wrestles? Why do later scriptures refer back to Jacob as ‘Jacob,’ and not ‘Israel’? What do wrestling and blessing have to do with each other? Listen to Alastair explain all this and more.


Intro + Overview of Genesis 32:22-32 [0:00 – 6:30]

Alastair begins his exegesis [6:30 – 9:10]

What’s in a blessing seems to be what’s in a name [9:10 – 15:55]

Jacob: Wrestler For God™ [15:55 – 17:55]

The deal with the Angel [17:55 – 26:30]

Victory in the Lord and the limp of the elect [26:30 – 32:00]

Why is Jacob still referred to by his old name in the rest of scripture? + Conclusion [32:00 – 43:48]


Resources mentioned:

Alastair’s series on the Family of Abraham


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