Jacob Wrestles with God and
Israel is Born
Bible Study Lesson;
wrestling match lasts all night and when it's
becomes Israel, father of the nation we know
from this chapter is
about being persistent. Are we tenacious enough to
asking God for needs
and changes we need to make in our lives?
Let's see what Jacob does
Birth of a New Nation - Israel
Then Jacob was left
alone, and a man wrestled with him until
When he saw that he had
not prevailed against him, he touched the socket
of his thigh; so the socket of Jacobs
thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with
Then he said, Let me
go, for the dawn is breaking. But he said,
I will not let you go unless you bless
So he said to him,
What is your name? And he said,
He said, Your name
shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you
have striven with God and with men and have
Then Jacob asked him and
said, Please tell me your name. But
he said, Why is it that you ask my
And he blessed him
So Jacob named the place
Peniel, for he said, I have seen God face
to face, yet my life has been
- Genesis 32:24-30 NASB
Jacob wanted to be blessed by
God so was persistent and kept going until God
God wants us to be persistent
in areas of our lives; especially in the
For instance, if you are
praying for a need in your life, don't just pray
once and give up. Pray every day, or many
times a day.
No, I'm not talking about
chanting as some cultures do - this is repeating
the same words over and over like a song.
The persistence mentioned
here is about asking as the child discussed
Be more like the child who
keeps asking for a certain item while riding in a
He doesn't stop at one, two,
or even three attempts.
He keeps on asking until you
either give in or leave the
Chances are the child will
come out of the store holding that red ball, won't
Automatically Give In?
Ask God to answer your
prayers and be persistent!
He may not always answer in
the way you like but at least He will know you are
But remember, God will work
on His time, not ours. He is seldom in a
If our prayer fits within
God's will, He will grant what we ask for.
In another lesson we talked
for snakes so God is
not going to give us something that is harmful to
our spiritual being.
Prayer is only one of the
areas for persistence.
Where do you need to be more
persistent in your spiritual life?
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American Standard Bible
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Verses about how Jacob became Israel are
from New American Standard Bible & New King
James Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
Bible: NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman