In the dark hours before sunrise the next morning, Jacob stirred his wives, their maids, and his children, and he had them cross the ford of the Jabbok with all his possessions. He instructed them to follow the trail of the peace train moving toward Esau, while he stayed behind for a while to wrestle with his thoughts.
An angel appeared in human form and wrestled with Jacob. The encounter lasted until the sun began its ascent on the horizon.
The angel, unable to release himself from Jacob’s grip, said, “Let me go! The morning dawns!”
Jacob would not relent, so the angel dislocated his leg at the hip joint.
Wailing in agony, he cried, “Bless me first.”
“What’s your name?” the angel asked.
The angel said, “Jacob, your spiritual name is “Israel,” Strives With God, because you’ve wrestled with the divine and have won.”
Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
“Why do you want to know that?” the angel asked. “You’re blessed through the way of the promise.”
Jacob named the place “Peniel,” Face of God, wholly in awe that his life was spared after the holy encounter.
The angel disappeared. Jacob lifted himself off the ground and limped toward the direction of his family.
Inspiration: Genesis 32