Monday, May 5, 2008

Jacob to Israel

In Genesis 32, Jacob’s name is changed to Israel—“one who wrestles with God” or “God-wrestler.” All too often we think that struggling with God is a lack of faith. However, Israel is not exactly a curse word. In fact, Jacob’s new name came through a blessing.

Jacob received his birth name from holding onto his brother Esau’s heel. How often do we, as Christians, hold onto the heels of those before us, taking their blessings, as the way to construct our beliefs?

The goal of Jacob’s Café is to be a vehicle for people to transform from Jacobs to Israels—from those who simply and without question accept assumptions of faith to those who struggle and wrestle with God in the pursuit of Truth. We can move from people who take others’ beliefs to people who own their own beliefs.

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