Wrestling

If you are looking for a fight, you will find one.

When Jacob camped the first night after Laban returned home, angels of God came to meet him, see 32:1. He exclaimed, “This is God’s camp.” He stayed in that camp the next night, see 32:13.

But he couldn’t sleep that second night. He woke up his family and took them across the Jabbok River. Then he sent over all his possessions, see 32:22, 23.

He was still in “God’s Camp.” When a man came into the camp in the middle of the night, he wrestled with him, see 32:24. The night before when angels came to meet him in the camp, he didn’t wrestle with them. But the second night he was looking for a fight. He was terrified that Esau would attack him, see 32:7, and he was getting himself ready.

This characteristic was in his sons as well. When they responded to Hamor’s request for Dinah to marry Shechem, they answered deceitfully because they were looking for a fight, see 34:13. They tricked the men of the town of Shechem to be circumcised, and then while they were recovering, Simeon and Levi murdered all of them, see 34:24-26.

The men of Shechem agreed to the circumcision because of greed. They thought they would eventually get all the wealth of Jacob, see 34:23.

The rest of Jacob’s sons were looking for a fight, too, see 34:27. When they found all the men dead, they took their wives, children, and everything of value, see 34:28-29.

Shechem, son of Hamor, prince of the town of Shechem, saw something he wanted, Dinah, and greedily took her. That act cost the entire town everything.

When we are looking for a fight, we can always justify it. Jacob’s sons justified murder, kidnapping, and theft, by reminding Jacob that Shechem raped Dinah, see 34:31. But they didn’t just punish Shechem, they annihilated the town.

When you are looking for a fight, take it to God. Wrestle with Him. Don’t take it out on the whole town!

Genesis 32:28, ” ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob,’ the man told him. ‘From now on you will be called Israel because you have fought with God and with men and have won.’ ” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

When I am angry at injustice, help me to not become combative. Help me to turn the other cheek, and do the right thing regardless of how I am treated. I’m grateful You are always with me because I could never do that on my own. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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