Genesis 32:25

Posted on December 15, 2009

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Genesis 32:25

When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.

Huh?

Jacob is preparing to meet Esau for the first time in 20 years, so he sends his wive(s), maidservant(s), children, etc, across the river and prepares to get his game face on.

And just as he settles down to catch a bit of sleep after he has delivered his family to a safe place, just as he is laying his head down to rest, just as he begins to think about what the meeting with his estranged brother could hold he gets a tap on the shoulder.

DING DING!!!!!

"In the the brown corner weighing in a  'the weight of all he has done to his brother resting on his shoulders' is Jacob. In the white corner, weighing in at 'a feather' we have "The Man.'"

And not figuratively as in "hey…you The Man."

No literally as in 'The Man,' a manifestation of God, or perhaps an angel. Either way somebody totally unexpected and probably completely freaking out Jacob.

DING DING!!!

Come out of your corners and fight.

Huh?

Jacob has to be thinking, "you have got to be kidding me. Did Laban put you up to this? I have the biggest day of my life ahead of me and an angel/God/The Man wants  to go all WWE on me. Seriously, can;t we just talk this thing out so I can get some sleep."

DING DING!!!

And the wrestled.

And fought.

And tussled.

And skirmished.

And struggled.

All. Night. Long.

(so here is my question – if Jacob was wrestling God/angel/The Man, how come it took all night, right until dawn, for God/angel/The Man to put the super secret hip hugger hold on Jacob…? and why did God/angel/The Man not overpower Jacob?)

Some would say it is a metaphor, others that God/angel/The Man was letting Jacob wrestle to work out his relationship with God, others would say  if it was an angel men are just as string(but different) than ange

Why the wrestling? Why all night? And why the "let Jacob stay in the fight, he's almost a winner against God" ending?

It's just "huh?" for me. 

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