Taking on God is not a game. Even the mere thought feels senseless and reckless. What’s more, it is surely a highly-risky endeavor. One would need to be particular bold, or impertinent, to get into the ring with the Almighty. And yet, “he who wrestles with God” is the essence of Israel’s name (ישראל). There’s an old saying that goes, “Tell me your name, and I will tell you who you are.” Here, too, the Israel’s name reveals a great deal about its character. The man who wrestles with Jacob at the Jabbok River until dawn gives him the name Israel. He…
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