Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.
Jacob had previously relied on craft and deceit to achieve his goals, through such actions as depriving his brother Esau of his birthright and of their father's blessing (Genesis 25:29-34; Genesis 27). Now (in Genesis 32), he was facing (and fearing) the possible consequences of those actions. In my opinion, the struggle mentioned there represented the point at which Jacob ceased his self-reliance, and realized his need for God (by refusing to release his grip on his opponent (whom he recognized as God or His representative (Genesis 32:30)) without receiving a blessing), which led to his being blessed (Genesis 32:29).
All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.
A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.