The gist of today’s message is this: One of Israel’s founding fathers, the man Jacob, defeats God in an all-night wrestling match. Go to Genesis 32:22-31 and read it for yourself. As Jacob prevails, God knocks Jacob’s hip out of joint to get loose. Jacob holds fast and won’t let God loose until he receives God’s blessing. Honest, I am not making this up. Before we referee the wrestling, we must raise the issue of Jacob’s peculiarities. Jacob is known as the originator of the nation of Israel, and he supposedly had twelve sons by no less than four different wives (Rachel, Leah, Rachel’s handmaidenRead More →