The gist of today’s message is this: One of Israel’s founding fathers, the man Jacob, defeats a divine being in an all-night wrestling match. Go to Genesis 32:22-31 and read it for yourself. Jacob struggles with a “man,” also referred to as “God,” and as Jacob prevails God knocks Jacob’s hip out of joint. Jacob holds onto God and won’t let him go until Jacob receives a blessing. Honest, I didn’t make this up. Before we referee the wrestling, we must raise the issue of Jacob’s peculiarities. Jacob is known as the father of the nation of Israel, and he supposedly had twelve sons byRead More →