Wrestling with God

October 15, 2023
Professor Mark Weis

Audio of the sermon is available HERE.

Genesis 32:22-30 22That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24So Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25When the Man saw that He could not overpower him, He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the Man. 26Then the Man said, “Let Me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.” 27The Man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28Then the Man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” 29Jacob said, “Please tell me Your name.” But He replied, “Why do you ask My name?” Then He blessed him there. 30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”  (NIV-84)

Preaching today: Professor Mark Weis
Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, WI