Let’s forget for a moment that the all-powerful Lord had to cheat in order to win (which He still couldn’t do). Let’s try to forget that the all-knowing Lord didn’t even know Jacob’s name (especially considering His plan for Israel). Let’s even try to ignore the Lord’s own infallible word: The Lord said, “you can never see my face, for no one can ever see me and live to tell about it!” – Exodus 33:20 [Except, of course, for Jacob, Moses, and every single person who sees Jesus walking the earth as “God In The Flesh”.]
Okay, I’ll admit – I can’t ignore any of these things. This epic wrestling match is where Jacob’s name is changed to Israel (aka “wrestles with God”) and he is blessed by God as the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. I can’t think of another seemingly simply Bible passage that leaves me with more questions than answers about God and the foundations of Judeo-Christian beliefs. But at least we have a basis for another odd dietary rule that prevents Jews from eating the gid hanasheh – the sciatic nerve (or hip).
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Remember: Don’t blame us, it’s in the Bible!
We didn’t pull any punches by adding this illustration and commentary to:
Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible – Vol #2.