Does God Have A Body?

who did Jacob wrestle with?

who did Jacob wrestle with?

Genesis 32:24, 28, 30 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day . . . And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” . . . So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”

So, did Jacob wrestle with a man of God, an angel, or God Himself? No way will I attempt to begin applying my opinion based upon these verse. We can either go to the original text or we can find the answers in scripture itself.

According to the Mormon teachings, this is proof that God has a physical body. But, what does scripture itself teach?

Exodus 33:11, one of my favorite verses, says that God spoke to Moses face to face and yet later in that same chapter Moses request to see more of God and God told him that no man can Him and live (33:20)

Better yet, Hosea gives the clearest of answers. Hosea 12:3-4 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he struggled with God. Yes he struggled with the angel and prevailed . . .

Therefore, the person Jacob wrestled with was a representative of God who was under God’s orders, an angel. Isn’t it great when scripture answers itself?


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