JACOB

Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”

Genesis 32:28

Because he recognized the Lord in all his ways, his shrewdness and persistence to believe and fight to the end for the word of prosperity that God had given him, Jacob becomes a TRUE HERO!

Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, means in Hebrew “He who strives with God.”  He is the grandson of Abraham, the son of Isaac and Rebekah.  Jacob was the younger of the twins. Esau was his older brother.  When he was an adult and led by this mother, he noticed his brother Esau’s exhaustion and sharp hunger after a work day and offered him a plate of lentils in exchange for his birthright; Esau despised the blessing of being the oldest son and accepted it.  Stripping him of his birthright and his father’s blessing, he had to flee more than 400 miles away from the city of Haran in order to escape the wrath of his brother Esau. On the way to Betel Jacob had a dream in which angels would ascend and descend on a staircase that reached heaven.  In the dream God promised that he would be with Jacob. Jacob called that place “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”  He met a girl named Rachel, whom he loved deeply and for whom he had to work for 14 years for his father in law Laban, as his father in law married him first to Rachel’s older sister, Leah. After 20 years and with 11 children, one night before he made amends with his brother Esau, Jacob wrestled all night “with a man” in Peniel; the man, who was an angel of God, told him: “Let me go,” but Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” And the angel said to him, “What is thy name?” And he said, “Jacob.” And he said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” On the trip to Canaan, his wife Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin, Jacob’s twelfth son.  Finally, he met with his father, Isaac, and settled in Hebron, Israel.  He is the Father of the 12 Israelite tribes.

QUALITIES:  Shrewd, Ingenious and firm, Apprehensive, Faithful and Persistent.