What’s In a Name?

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Genesis tells the story of a man named Jacob. Jacob’s name means “deceiver” or “usurper” and he lived up to it. Most notably, he stole his brother Esau’s blessing from their father Isaac through clever deception. Even when he had to run for his life, he used whit and human ingenuity to overcome many of the struggles he faced. This all changed when he decided to return home. He believed Esau was still set on killing him, which was reinforced by the 400 men Esau was leading to meet Jacob’s caravan. With nowhere to turn and no guarantee his cleverness would get him out of this one, he called out to the God of his fathers.