The wrestling match with God at Jabbok, where he insisted on a blessing, turned Jacob's life upside down. Before the wrestling match, Jacob was a prolific blessing-chaser and got whatever he wanted in his battles with Esau and Laban. After that night, his fate took an adverse turn: calamities and deaths rushed upon his family. What happened? Didn't God bless him? What was the wrestled blessing all about? The Bible is surprisingly reticent about disclosing the specifics of the blessing. This book investigates the mysteries of the wrestling match, the blessing, and the ensuing years.
Why is Jacob's life story relevant to us today? We all want God's blessings, but we may not always understand what we are getting. Jacob's life story illuminates reasons behind suffering, illustrates true blessedness, and impels us to live life with a divine perspective.