Who Was Jacob Wrestling in Genesis 32?

Episode 716 Show Notes 

From the Show

Initially, Jacob probably thinks that he is wrestling with his brother Esau. The context here is that Jacob is about to meet Esau again and he is terrified. But he realizes after the sun starts to rise that this isn’t Esau. It’s the Angel of the Lord.

–Adriel Sanchez

Who Was Jacob Wrestling in Genesis 32?

Questions in this Episode

  1. What is theological liberalism?
  2. Is God’s love conditional in some way?
  3. How are those with mental illness judged?
  4. Why is Bartimaeus, the blind man the Jesus heals, named in the Gospels and other people Jesus healed not named? Is there some special about Bartimaeus?
  5. In Genesis 32 it says that Jacob was wrestling with God and saw his face, but in John chapter 1 it says no one has seen the face of God but Jesus. How do you make sense of that?
  6. Why isn’t David’s practice of polygamy condemned in the Bible?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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