1. Upon one occasion in what do we find Jacob engaged?
“And Jacob was left alone; And there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day,” Genesis 32:24.
2. In what way did Jacob prevail upon this man (or angel)?
“And he [the angel] said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he [Jacob] said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me,” Genesis 32:26.
3. After prevailing upon the angel for a blessing, was he successful in receiving it?
“And he [the angel] said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel,” Genesis 32:28.
4. Why was he given the name Israel?
“For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed,” Genesis 32:28.
5. What is the meaning of the word Israel?
Soldier of God, or overcomer.
NOTE: Here, we find, originated the word Israel, and it was given to Jacob, after he had proved to the angel that he had power as an overcomer. The word Israel itself, signifies an overcomer, or one who is the seed of Abraham through Christ. When Christ was on the earth, the Jewish people seemed to think, or believe, that they were the only people who had a right to be called Abraham’s children. But Christ gave them to understand, that though they were the literal seed of Abraham, they were not the children, or true Israelites, unless they did the works of Abraham. In other words, by their fruits they would be known. If their fruits were good, they would be accounted for the seed. But if their fruits were bad, they were servants of Satan.
6. How did Christ answer the unbelieving Jews when they claimed to be the children of Abraham?
“Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham,” John 8:39.
7. Upon one occasion how did John the Baptist talk to the literal Jew?
“And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham,” Matthew 3:9.
8. And how did he compare them to an unfruitful tree?
“And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire,” Matthew 3:10.
9. In what light did Paul understand this subject?
“Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel. Neither because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called,” Romans 9:6, 7.
10. Are the children of the flesh counted for the seed?
“That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed,” Romans 9:8.
11. In fact, who are the real seed of Abraham?
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed which is Christ,” Galatians 3:16.
12. If we be Christ’s, then whose seed are we, and to what do we fall heir?
“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:29.
13. Who is the real Jew?
“For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly: . . . but he is a Jew which is one inwardly: and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God,” Romans 2:28, 29.
14. Is it possible for flesh and blood to inherit the kingdom of God?
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption,” I Corinthians 15:50.
15. How does Isaiah express himself concerning those to be saved with an everlasting salvation?
“But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with everlasting salvation: Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end,” Isaiah 45:17.
16. What determines whether one is a child of Abraham?
“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham,” Galatians 3:7.
17. In what scripture are Christians recognized as Israel?
“And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God,” Galatians 6:16.
I saw a way worn pilgrim
In tattered garments clad,
A struggling up a mountain
It seemed that he was sad.
Upon his back a burden,
His strength was almost gone,
And praying as he journeyed,
Deliverance to come.
I saw him in the evening
The sun was wending low,
He’d overtopped the mountain,
And in the vale below,
His eyes were looking forward
As onward still he run,
He shouted as he journeyed.
By faith the victory’s won.
I saw him in the morning
When all the saints did raise,
Still shouting out hosanna,
To God in loudest praise.
And then he glancing backward
As o’er the path he’d come
He shouted out more loudly,
I see the victory won.
_ L. O. Van Nostrand