Today Jacob wrestles with his faith spiritually and physically. The closer he gets to Esau, Jacob prays for the Lord to protect him but he also seems to think he needs to help God out by sending Esau gifts to butter him up before they meet. Then Jacob physically wrestles with God and he is crippled in the hip. The Lord blesses Jacob and gives him the new name Israel. Jacob (Israel) and Esau reconcile, hug it out and depart ways but then the Story takes a dark turn. Jacob’s daughter Dinah is raped and her brothers take revenge on the whole town. So the Lord instructs Jacob to go to Bethel but before they leave Jacob has to tell his household to put away the foreign gods Throughout the Story we will see more and more how God’s chosen people struggle with sin and idolatry but God is patient and faithful to his messy, broken people. Nothing will stop the Lord from providing a way for our salvation! Right after the move, the Lord blesses Jacob and confirms all of the previous promises made to him. Lastly, Rachel dies giving birth to her second son, Benjamin. Jacob has a special place in his heart for Rachel’s 2 sons, Joseph and Benjamin. Will this favoritism cause family problems? Keep reading.