By: Kwaku Peprah Adjei
Theme: Define it.
Text: Genesis 32:28
And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but [a]Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
Believe me or not, words have creative power. By the use of words, you can either live or die. If words were not powerful, then God should have used another means of separating the people than giving them different tongues.
I find today’s passage very interesting and is an eye-opener. It reveals the influence of a man’s definition of the individual he defines. Jacob was meeting his brother the next day who was approaching with 400 men. Possibly frightened, he sent his family and property to the other side of the river and stays for the night, after he had already sent emissaries with gifts to Esau to pacify him of any anger from the past. Upon spending the night alone, he had to wrestle with a man. When the day was breaking, the man realised he could not defeat Jacob, he touched his hip. Jacob requested blessings form the man, and he changed his name to Israel. Three chapters later, God speaks to Jacob at Bethel and now renames him as Israel, the name given by the man (Genesis 35:9-10). Not arguing theologically who the man was, he still wrestled with a man, probably in flesh (even though other theologians have different concepts about this narration).
You just don’t keep quiet on the definition people give to you. Curses are people definition they want to give to your future, just as blessings are too. So, no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, but take note of the next sentence; every tongue that rises up against you, you shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17). It’s your choice to define anything that happens to you: by redefining the curses through positive confessions in prayer and accepting the blessing by consistently using that definition.
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