That describes Jacob. Why did Jesus entrust his mother Mary to John’s care? For twenty years thereafter, Jacob proved himself at every hazard and under every circumstance. When we take the lessons God has for us from the stories in his Word, we can grow, have more peace, and be the man or woman God has called us to be. (Gen 25:26). Jacob had a twin brother, Esau, who was the first-born, but Jacob grabbed him by the heel during their birth. Joseph Smith said, apparently to help us understand his own visions: “Paul ascended into the third heavens, and he could understand the three principal rounds of Jacob’s ladder—the telestial, the terrestrial, and the celestial glories or kingdoms, where Paul saw and heard things which were not lawful for him to utter. I do not think Jacob wrestled with god for the 20 years. Jacob recognizes this and says, “I have seen God face to face” (in human form, at least). God took on human form and limited powers in order to make that demonstration. Jacob knew who God was. [15] Young, in Journal of Discourses, 3:192. Jacob now realizes that struggling against God is futile. “He blessed him there” (Genesis 32:29). When you find yourself in a position of struggle, don’t attempt to “wrestle” the solution from God. In fact, other men with that same faith and possessing the same priesthood as Melchizedek and Enoch had also been translated and taken up into heaven (see Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 14:32). “So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak” (Genesis 32:24). At some point, Jacob was joined by a being who would wrestle with him for the rest of the night. It’s an old proverb that often rings true. At Bethel, Jacob had his first temple experience, according to President Romney. . The twelfth child was his daughter, Dinah (Benjamin was not born until later). After Jacob’s wrestling match, he saw his brother Esau. They wrestled all night, and Jacob would not let the celestial sentinel go until he gave Jacob the requested blessing. [5] G. Johannes Botterweck and Helmer Ringgren, eds., Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, rev. Pastoral care gives as much as it can. Before we can really understand the significance of Jacob’s wrestling match, we should review his life up to that point. 13:3ff. Up until this point, Jacob had relied on his own wits for his success, but now he didn’t know what would happen. 24–25 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. He strategically divides his people and possessions and sends them across the Jabbok river. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. More, What was the lifeworld of the early Christian congregations like? First, as the Prophet Joseph Smith indicated, this vision was Jacob’s opportunity to begin to comprehend for himself “the mysteries of Godliness.”[1] From this comment we also know that Jacob was a righteous Melchizedek Priesthood holder, because the Doctrine and Covenants teaches that “this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God” (D&C 84:19). A name of power was a symbol of authority. The wrestling match just before he got back home was a dramatic demonstration of what had been going on all along. Was it necromancy when Moses and Eliljah appeared to Jesus in the Transfiguration? The text of the book, subtitled Creationism, Paleontology, and Biblical Interpretation, that I co-authored with Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey. The sun was rising on Jacob as he limped away. Temples are to us all what Bethel was to Jacob. After more than twenty years of labor under the household rule of the scheming and jealous Laban (see Genesis 31:1–15, 38), Jacob finally left Padan-aram to return to the land of his covenantal inheritance.