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  • ECT: The Name Israel

    Jacob was Initially given the name Israel by God himself in Genesis 32:28 after he struggled with God in a dream. The word Israel is a combination of two other words; (misra) and the (El). El being the common abbreviation of Elohim, which means God. When El is used at the end of a name it means “of God” or “with God”. Take for example all the angel names: Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, Uriel, Azazel.

    The word (misra), comes from the word ham·miś·rāh which means to rule as a government. Isaiah 9:6 uses this word; For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

    Another oft-referenced possibility is the verb (sarar), which also means to rule, reign or act as prince. The derivative (sar) means prince, and (sarah) means princess and is nearly equal to the root of Israel as well as the name of Jacob's grandmother Sarah.

    Jacob struggled with God in a dream and overcame, which is quoted as the reason for receiving the name Israel. Although the meaning of the roots don’t seem to suggest a “struggle” which tells us that the point of the dream is not the struggle itself but the result of that struggle which is that Jacob overcame with power and authority. When you put it all together you get a name that means “to rule with authority with God” or “to overcome with power from God”. In other words, “Israel” is the name given to the kingdom of God, or those who rule with God.

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    Originally posted by Freedm View Post
    Jacob was Initially given the name Israel by God himself in Genesis 32:28 after he struggled with God in a dream. The word Israel is a combination of two other words; (misra) and the (El). El being the common abbreviation of Elohim, which means God. When El is used at the end of a name it means “of God” or “with God”. Take for example all the angel names: Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, Uriel, Azazel.

    The word (misra), comes from the word ham·miś·rāh which means to rule as a government. Isaiah 9:6 uses this word; For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

    Another oft-referenced possibility is the verb (sarar), which also means to rule, reign or act as prince. The derivative (sar) means prince, and (sarah) means princess and is nearly equal to the root of Israel as well as the name of Jacob's grandmother Sarah.

    Jacob struggled with God in a dream and overcame, which is quoted as the reason for receiving the name Israel. Although the meaning of the roots don’t seem to suggest a “struggle” which tells us that the point of the dream is not the struggle itself but the result of that struggle which is that Jacob overcame with power and authority. When you put it all together you get a name that means “to rule with authority with God” or “to overcome with power from God”. In other words, “Israel” is the name given to the kingdom of God, or those who rule with God.
    The reason Jacob had to struggle with God was because of the deception against Esau. He and his Mother took things into their own hands instead of trusting God to handle it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by iamaberean View Post
      The reason Jacob had to struggle with God was because of the deception against Esau. He and his Mother took things into their own hands instead of trusting God to handle it.
      Interesting. Is there a passage that makes clear the reason Jacob had to struggle with God, as you say?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Freedm View Post
        Interesting. Is there a passage that makes clear the reason Jacob had to struggle with God, as you say?
        Gen 27:11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
        Gen 27:12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

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