Abraham’s grandson was a conniving, frightened, trickster and thief. He was a sinner of the first rank, and yet God not only deigned to wrestled with him, He allowed the match to end in a draw. He turned Jacob and his clan into the chosen people. It’s not irony, it is another example of how God redeems his children. He even redeemed me. I’m so grateful.
Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”