23That same night he arose, and taking his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children, he crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 24After taking them across the stream, he sent across all his possessions. 25Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. 26When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he wrenched Jacob’s hip at its socket, so that the socket of his hip was strained as he wrestled with him. 27Then he said, “Let me go, for dawn is breaking.” But he answered, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 28Said the other, “What is your name?” He replied, “Jacob.” 29Said he, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human, and have prevailed.” 30Jacob asked, “Pray tell me your name.” But he said, “You must not ask my name!” And he took leave of him there. 31So Jacob named the place Peniel, meaning, “I have seen a divine being face to face, yet my life has been preserved.” 32The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping on his hip. 33That is why the children of Israel to this day do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the socket of the hip, since Jacob’s hip socket was wrenched at the thigh muscle.     Genesis 32/23-33 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1 Now Moses, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed.

3Moses said, “I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn’t the bush burn up?” 4When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him out of the bush: “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.”

5And He said, “Do not come closer. Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. 6I am,” He said, “the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.     Exodus 3/1-6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

20I am sending an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have made ready. 21Pay heed to him and obey him. Do not defy him, for he will not pardon your offenses, since My Name is in him; 22but if you obey him and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.     Genesis 23/20-22 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

22Then the hand of the Lord came upon me there, and He said to me, “Arise, go out to the valley, and there I will speak with you.” 23I arose and went out to the valley, and there stood the Presence of the Lord, like the Presence that I had seen at the Chebar Canal; and I flung myself down on my face. 24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.     Ezekiel 3/22-24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Many biblical writers assume the existence of beings superior to man in knowledge and power but subordinate to the one God. These beings serve as His attendants, like courtiers of an earthly king, and also as His agents to convey His messages to men and to carry out His will.

These beings are clearly designated by the English word “angel.” The terminology of biblical Hebrew is not so exact. Malʾakh, the word most often used, means “messenger” (“to send”). It is applied frequently to human agents and is sometimes used figuratively.

Apparently for greater clarity, the Bible frequently calls the angel the malʾakh of God; yet the same title is occasionally applied to human agents of the Deity. Elsewhere angels are called ʾelohim (“god” or “gods”); more often bene ʾelohimor bene ʾelim (“sons of gods”) – in the general sense of “divine beings.”

They are also known as kedoshim (qedoshim; “holy beings). Often the angel is called simply “man.” The mysterious being who wrestled with Jacob is first called a man, then ʾelohim, but Hosea refers to him also as a malʾakh.

As a result of this there are some passages where it is uncertain whether a human or superhuman messenger is meant. The Bible also speaks of winged creatures of angelic character called cherubim and seraphim who serve a variety of functions. A further ambiguity is due to the fact that the Bible does not always distinguish clearly between God and His messenger.

From: Angels & Angelology; Jewishvirtuallibrary.org (edited).

 

Commentary:

Ezekiel said “And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.”

A spirit entered into Ezekiel and G-d spoke to him.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a blazing fire out of a bush and G-d called to him out of the bush: “Moses! Moses!” He answered, “Here I am.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush and G-d spoke to Moses. G-d speaks through the angel. (Moses only saw a burning bush that was not consumed.)

An angel and a spirit are both persons G-d can speak through. G-d speaks through the person of His spirit to man throughout the bible as the “word of the Lord”.

G-d is infinite and without form and cannot enter into a person in whole but He can in part. G-d can be in a person to the extent that He is in the spirit that has entered a person.

From Angels & Angelology “the mysterious being who wrestled with Jacob is first called a man, then ʾelohim (“god” or “gods”), but Hosea refers to him also as a malʾakh (“messenger” or “to send”).”

I am Elijah, G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53 and this mysterious being who wrestled with Jacob has been explained to me. He is a host of the L-rd of Hosts.

The person of the spirit of G-d has entered into the man and G-d is in the spirit and His Presence and power envelop the man. G-d controls the man and directs his words and actions.

I am a host of the L-rd of Hosts also. G-d has been making my soul, emotions and feelings suitable for any task He would direct me to do with chastisement and punishment.

As the chastisement and punishment draws emotions and feelings from me His power “coats” my soul. A coating of power that is paper thin each time.

After ten years of maltreatment throughout the day and night the paper thin coatings  have tempered and calmed my soul and emotions so that I am suitable for His purpose. For me I am ready to wrestle with Israel without anger or fear.

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