What Is Your Name?
22 “And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
The angel asked Jacob, what is your name? Jacob answered, my name is Jacob! Was that his name? Yes, his name was Jacob until when the mercy of God located him.
How did Jacob begin his life?
He began his life normally like you and me, until when deception and wickedness kicked in. The book of Jeremiah chapter 9 verse 17 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” That was the route Jacob decided to follow, despite the promise of God upon his life.
Genesis chapter 25:29-34 shed some light on that.
“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
Many people thought that Jacob’s life was rosy and blessed, but what many of us don’t know is Jacob’s struggle, due to his deception was overwhelming.
How did he struggle?
Genesis 31: 4-7, 36-41.
- 4 “And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, 5 And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me. 6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times, but God suffered him not to hurt me. Genesis 31:4-7.
- 36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both. 38 These twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. 39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst, thou require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes. 41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Genesis 31:36-41.
Can I ask someone a similar question, what is your name?
I am asking because many people, especially the so-called believers in Christ have lost their Identity to mere men on many mountains of fire and redemption camps, that needed to be recovered. How? It is very simple, they Lost their identity in a Shiloh camp; by not knowing that they are no more sons of prophets, neither are they sons of a daddy g.o or bishops, they’re now the sons of God.
John chapter 1 verses 11 & 12 says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW NAME OR A NAME CHANGE SPIRITUALLY?