Yakov vs. Eloah Smackdown

Yakov = Jacob

Eloah = singular feminine form of Elohim

Eloah appears mostly in the book of Job. You know the story of Job. Super Cliff Notes version = Job suffers & God allows it. 

Jacob wrestles with the angel, a messenger of God, in Genesis 32:25-32. This story is sandwiched mid journey en route to Jacob & Esau’s reconciliation. Before the smackdown, Jacob send his entourage away. He first makes himself alone and vulnerable, then wrestles with the angel, then limps to reconciliation with Esau. But first, Jacob finds himself in solitude. Discovering God takes a lifetime, but quiet solitude paired with prayer is a fruitful combination. Perhaps the solitude prepared Jacob for the wrestling, then the wrestling prepared him for the showdown with Esau.

I wrestle with God & God’s identity, and how one of God’s messenger’s, the Bible, talks about God. Rationally, I know God is not ‘male’ per se and is described in both Feminine & Masculine terms & images in the Bible, but so much of my understanding & typical social understanding of God is Masculine. Think of how God is portrayed in media- the typical white man with a white flowing beard with cupid creatures flying around him in the clouds. This is folklore culture, not Bible reality. Sometimes God allows suffering and wrestling with Him in order for us to better understand the Divine Identity. What about the Identity of God do you wrestle with?

Jacob names the place where the wrestling match smack-down happened. Peniel, which means face of God. It is in the areas where we struggle that we see God more clearly over time. Receive the struggle & give thanks for a God who cares enough to be concerned about us knowing Him… or Her… or It…

“To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?” [Psalms 18:25-31]

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