Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 13, 2019

GEN 32:25-31, When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.
Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”
He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”

GEN 32:25-28, And he saw that he prevailed not against him; and he touched the broad part of his thigh, And he said to him, Let me go, for the day has dawned; but he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said to him, What is thy name? and he answered, Jacob. And he said to him, Thy name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name; for thou hast prevailed with God, and shalt be mighty with men.

In the MT it is rendered:
for you have striven with GOD and with men and have prevailed.
However, in the Septuagint it is:
for you have striven with GOD and will be great among men.

HOS 12:4, And he prevailed with the angel and was strong: they wept:

EXO 33:11, And the LORD (YHVH our LORD Jesus Christ) spoke to Moses face to face (in the presence of) as if one was speaking to his friend;

Who has the authority to change a name? Angels don’t have that authority. They could announce it, but they would say: the LORD declares or said your name is changed. They don’t have the authority to change names.

Adam’s name means “man”.
Adam’s son was named
Seth, which means “appointed”. Eve said, “For GOD hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Seth’s son was Enosh, which means “mortal or frail”.
This was when man began to defile the name of the Living GOD.

Adam = “man”.
Seth = “appointed”.
Enosh = “mortal or frail”.

Enosh had a son named Kenan, which means “sorrow”. Kenan’s son was Mahalalel, which means blessed God. His son was Jared from the verb meaning “shall come down or descend”.

Adam = “man”.
Seth = “appointed”.
Enosh = “mortal or frail”.
Kenan = “sorrow”.
Mahalalel = “blessed God”. Jared = “shall come down or descend”.

Enoch means to train up, to teach. Enoch’s son was Methuselah, Enoch walked with GOD after he begat Methuselah. His son was named Lamech, which means “lament or lamentation”. Lamech’s son is Noah which means bringing relief or comfort.

Adam = “man”.
Seth = “appointed”.
Enosh = “mortal or frail”.
Kenan = “sorrow”.
Mahalalel = “blessed God”. Jared = “shall come down or descend”.
Enoch = “to teach”.
Methuselah = “that at his death,”
Lamech = “to those in despair”.
Noah = will bringing relief and comfort.

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed GOD shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest and comfort.

The Bible is the product of supernatural engineering.
Every number, every place name, every detail, every jot and tittle is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Our GOD is an awesome GOD indeed.

Abram, becomes Abraham in GEN 17. After the debacle of Ishmael (GOD will hear) the LORD comes to Abram and changes his name from Abram (exalted father) to Abraham (father of a multitude).

The same is true for Abrams wife Sarai to Sarah. Both mean princess, but Sarai is more of belonging to Abram. Sarah has the connotation of belonging to many or serving many.

Both BTW had their names changed by adding the Hebrew letter hey.
The letter hey means a window, to behold, to look for eternity, or the other side.

The Bible doesn’t give us HIS specific reasons, but it certainly seems like it was to let them know they were destined for a new mission in life. The new name was a way to reveal the divine plan and also to assure them that GOD’s plan would be fulfilled in them.

REV 2:7, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of GOD.”

REV 2:11, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”

REV 2:17, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”

REV 2:26, “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.”

REV 3:5, “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”

REV 3:21, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

REV 3:21, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

All believers are saved, but not all believers live a victorious life that could be regarded as an overcoming life.

1JO 5:4, For whatever is born of GOD overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith”.

Well in a way it certainly does, but notice that the works are not the Christian’s, but Jesus’ works.

The Greek verb for overcome is pronounced nick ah o, it implies victory. It is from the Greek noun pronounced nee kay.
You might recognize it. Nike uses a form of this word for its brand name, victory. In fact, it uses the name of the mythological Greek goddess Nike the goddess of victory.

Jacob had dealt with his brother Esau and that wasn’t what we would call overcoming by GOD’s standards. Buying your brother’s birth right for a bowl of stew is not overcoming. Getting dressed up like your brother to trick your father into blessing you is not overcoming either.

Jacob, after leaving this wrestling match, is a changed man. He is now a peaceful man.

One can’t help but see the foreshadowing, the LORD will ask him his name he would answer but this time he spoke the truth: my name is Jacob.

Many believers sadly continue to run from their struggle instead of facing it like Jacob finally did.
Our LORD make it clear we must have this wrestling match.

Once you turn it over to the LORD and respond to HIM, once you accept and understand that you are positionally secure with Christ, that you are as righteous in HIS eyes that will ever be, once you get to that point, you are on the road to being an overcomer.

Jacob is coming to grips with Himself and he is actually being changed by the touch of Messiah. Just as we all are to be changed by the love and the embrace and touch of Messiah.

By winning this match in our life it doesn’t mean will live sinless and everything will go great and we will always prosper.
But it does mean that we will live the life of an overcomer. Following the LORD and HIS plan for our life. Failing, rebounding, recovering and moving forward. Learning doctrine the mind of Christ, living in the power options, the filling of the HS the PSD serving, giving, learning worshipping etc.

This wrestling match with Yeshua must be lost, if we are to win and overcome.
We have to be changed into the likeness of the LORD, if we are to overcome. If we wrestle and lose, we win.

However, the first are often last and the last are often first.
The strong are often the weak and the weak are often the strong.
The winners are losers and the losers are winners.

Conform to the likeness of the LORD, let HIM embrace you and change the way you walk in this life, and you will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven, you will be an overcomer.

I may fail, but I have rebound, not a license to sin LORD but a license to serve. I only care to glorify you and I want this new name that your book of Revelation speaks of. I want to become an overcomer as the book of Revelation says.
LORD, I want only You.

1CO 2:9, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

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