On this week’s Mere Fidelity, Derek, Matt, and I discuss Jacob’s wrestling with God and the change of his name in Genesis 32. For more on Jacob and his wrestling with the Angel, see my series on the story of the family of Abraham.
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Today, I discuss Genesis 32, where Jacob prepares to encounter Esau and wrestles with God at the Jabbok.
In your video on numerology, you said that we should pay attention to the presence of very specific numbers in surprising places. One possible example I’d like for you to discuss is the five smooth stones of 1 Samuel 17:40. Why be so specific about FIVE stones, when he only ended up using one? And is there any point to the other peculiarly specific details here?