The breaking of day is the dawning of the third day. Here Jacob is of course renamed Israel. As Israel, he is a type of the church or people of God and this wrestling speaks of the shaking of all things that God will use to bring his people to the place of obedience. What is very clever here is the point about touching Jacob's thigh. Here is the relevant scripture that provides the clue to the meaning of this incident.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (Psalms 147:1011 KJV)
The thrust of verse 10 is strength. The strength of a horse is compared to the legs of a man. Our legs are our largest and strongest muscle group. Weight lifters can lift far more with the legs than any other body part. What the Lord is saying here is that the legs represent man operating in his own strength. He doesn't want us to labor in our own strength but to rest in him and let the Joy of the Lord be our strength. So what is very profound here is that He touched Jacob's thigh causing him to limp from then on. This speaks of a permanent change in the body, the body of Christ, where it no longer operates in it's own strength! We find a cross reference to this way over in Hebrews.
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. (Hebrews 11:21 KJV)
When the lord touched his leg he was a cripple from then on. Doesn't sound very kind of him does it. But it is part of the symbolism as we saw. And it was a blessing!
The permanent change in Jacob's body speaks of a permanent change in the body of Christ. One way of expressing it is to say Jacob's walk was changed. The Church today is not walking the right walk but God is about to change that in like manner.
Jacob had to walk with a staff for the rest of his days. Now the staff is a symbol of authority. As long as we are depending on God for our strength, we will have HIS authority to lean on.
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