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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

The Place Called Peniel - Peniel a place of divine transaction and exchange

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Before we can really understand what took place at Peniel, perhaps we should first of all try to look at what exactly the place called Peniel represents to both God and man. You see, Peniel was the place where divine transaction and exchange took place between Jacob and God, and it would always remain such a place between man and God. Peniel was the place where the will of man was broken and traded for the will, the purpose of God as well as the blessings that are attached to them.

Peniel was the place, where the weaknesses and the frailties that is synonymous with the will of man got exposed, it is the place where the limitations of the will of man got exposed for all to see, and it is the place where the mortality of man finally catches up with him. It is the place where the ignorance of man is exposed and the myth and arrogance that surrounds man is blown away. It is a place where man, stripped of all pretensions, stripped of all the trappings of self importance and ability, comes alone, naked, exposed and desperate before his maker pleading for a transaction and an exchange. This is the transaction to have what is in God's hand in exchange for his (man) battered will that lies on the floor completely, now broken and worthless. Sadly what man has to offer God in exchange at this point is worth nothing to God, yet what man desperately wants from God at this point is priceless and completely out his (man) reach. What man wants in exchange from God, he does not deserve neither can he afford the price, this is one transaction that solely depends on the love, mercy and the grace of God.

So let us revisit the story of Jacob and what happened to him at Peniel as this would help us to fully understand the sort of exchange that took place at Peniel. The full meaning of Jacob's name was The Manipulator or The Deceiver. The man lived up to the full meaning of his name. He did so by manipulating his way into his brother's inheritance (Genesis 27), as well into his Uncle's wealth (Genesis 30) and became stupendously rich and wealthy as a result. The big but was, he also made enemies in the process. The deadliest of them was his own twin brother Esau, the one whose inheritance he usurped. It was on his way back from his sojourn abroad that the fear of confronting the consequences of his past actions dawned on him and the reality of his mortality also became apparent to him. He employed his manipulative skills one more time in the vain hope that it would buy him forgiveness from his brother, but this time, even the manipulator of men could not rely on his own ability to save him, he found himself alone, he was afraid and he was desperate, very desperate.

I want you to note the state of Jacob's mind at this point in time; he was ready to throw away all that he had spent many years acquiring through deception and through his own will power, in order to save his own life. At this point in time his survival meant so much to him than anything else (Genesis 32:1 -22).

One could say by his actions that he was thinking, of what use to him were the riches and wealth if he cannot live to enjoy them? His brother might as well have them. Having done all he knew to survive, there was still no peace within; his restlessness brought him to the trading floor of Peniel.

What happened to Jacob on this trading floor? What form of transaction took place? And what exchange transpired?



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Psalm 1:1-2
“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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