Transquotation: Genesis 32:24-28

07 Jan

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:24-28)


God’s wrath burned against man because of man’s sinfulness, and He was going to destroy all of humanity, but Christ came to Earth and through Him we were blessed rather than destroyed.

Explanation of the transquote:

Now it’s important to understand the Verses come immediately after Jacob has learned that his brother, Esau, is coming with four hundred men to meet him. Jacob in this section has just finished sending his family ahead of him; after they left, God came (see: Genesis 32:30) and wrestled with him. — With that in mind, lets look at this in a different way:

Esau, the brother who had been “tricked” into giving (i.e. Had willing given in exchange for some soup) His birthright and thus His blessing to Jacob and who earlier in Genesis swore to kill Jacob and who just so happens to have four hundred men with him… Is coming. Um, would you be nervous? I sure would be.  Yet then, seemingly out of the blue, comes almighty God who proceeds to wrestle with and then bless Jacob/Israel. Then, at last, Jacob and Esau meet, and what happens? Their practically best friends. If we look at the entire chapter we see Jacob giving Esau presents galore and Esau offering to let some of his troops stay behind (while Esau goes ahead) to help protect Jacob. Or, to put all this at short as possible: God stepped in on Jacob’s behalf and kept him safe.

The same thing happened for us when Jesus (who, according to the trinity, is also God and the Holy Spirit) stepped down from Heaven and was crucified for us on the cross.

New Testament confirmation:

5 (J)Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 (K)who, though he was in(L)the form of God, did not count equality with God (M)a thing to be grasped, 7 but (N)emptied himself, by taking the form of a(O)servant,[b] (P)being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by (Q)becoming obedient to the point of death, (R)even death on a cross. 9(S)Therefore (T)God has (U)highly exalted him and bestowed on him (V)the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus (W)every knee should bow, (X)in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and (Y)every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is (Z)Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)

Context confirmation:

And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” (Genesis 32:6)

As I’ve already said: God stepped in on Jacob’s behalf and kept him safe from Esau. Which in our case is a lot like how Jesus stepped in and kept us safe from the righteous wrath of God. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between Esau and God.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland



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