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By: Larry Shaffer
This is me and Leigh recently attending the HS graduation of our goddaughter, Ally Bennett, in Danville, CA
Genesis 46 & Hosea 12
Joseph, lesson 33
Last time, we read that Jacob stopped to worship and hear from God on his trek to Egypt to see Joseph. Jacob had many faults but we can learn from his passion to interact with God. You can read about Jacob’s night of wrestling with the angel of God, the pre-incarnate Son of God, in Genesis 32:24-32. However, most people don’t realize that the prophet Hosea wrote a God-inspired commentary about Jacob’s experience.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his maturity, he contended with God. Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor.
He found Him at Bethel and there He spoke with us, even the Lord, the God of hosts, The Lord is His name.
Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually. Hosea 12.3-6
In his youth, Jacob was impetuous and impulsive. But in his maturity, at a time that he was deeply distressed, he wrestled with the angel of God. Hosea writes that he contended with God, the angel. Hosea calls this angel God. That is why I refer to this angel as the Son of God, the pre-incarnate Christ.
What does Hosea teach us about what we can learn from Jacob in this situation?
Father, You have blessed me and given me so much. In one sense, I’m content and at rest. But in another sense, I want more. I want Your favor in even greater measure. I want to do more and be more for Your glory. I want to see Your favor extended toward ALL of my loved ones, to others I touch and care about and for evil in our land to be suppressed; especially the shedding of the innocent blood of the unborn. May I contend with You and be blessed. Amen.