Posts Tagged ‘Jacob and the angel’

Pebble in My Shoe

When I was in junior/senior high, I was part of a Christian singing group that traveled around the east coast performing evangelistic folk musicals. We also included a small medley from the popular Godspell that had “By My Side” as one of the songs.

I never really understood the words “I’ll put a pebble in my shoe and walk” when I was a child. Who would make themselves uncomfortable when they walk? As an adult those words took on more meaning when facing struggles in my life from miscarriages to persecutions from other believers. I always knew that Yeshua was ‘by my side,’ and I would sing praises to him to encourage myself through the struggles. Eventually with time the pebble would wear down or it would be shaken out of my shoe.

When reading about the encounter between Jacob and the ‘angel of the LORD,’ in Genesis 32 that pebble took on a more intense purpose. During their wrestling match, the ‘man’ touched Jacob’s hip which caused him to limp.

The ‘pebble in his shoe’ was never removed nor did it wear down, it caused him to limp for the rest of his life! It was this ‘pebble’ that changed him from being a carnal man to a spiritual man. It was this pebble that revealed his ‘walk with Elohim’ to the world in which he lived. He could never hide his faith nor the the personal encounter with the man of ‘salvation’. It was obvious to everyone he encountered from that moment on – he limped.

He limped when he met Esau the next day. He limped when he met with Shechem to discuss the rape of his daughter, Dinah. He limped to Beth-el with his family where he received the blessing of faith from Elohim. He limped when he grieved the loss of his beloved Rachel. He limped when his sons brought him the bloodied garment of his son, Joseph. He limped all his days in Canaan. He limped to Egypt. With that limp, he met his ‘resurrected’ son Jospeh and his grandsons. With that limp he entered the presence of the Pharaoh of Egypt as the patriarch of a nation called Isra’el. With that limp no one who met him would forget the God of Abraham and Isaac was ‘by Jacob’s side.’

“Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

Sha’ul too had a ‘pebble in his shoe.’ He called it a ‘thorn in his flesh.’ It was given to him by the Adversary to keep him from becoming arrogant. Though there are many speculations about what that thorn was, it was a thorn, a pebble that challenged him every day of his life. As would be common for any man or woman, he prayed for its removal and the Elohim told him that ‘His power is brought to perfection in weakness.”

The Scriptures do not suggest that the limp that Jacob received was from the Adversary, but Jacob, whose name means ‘Deceiver,’ struggled like the Adversary against the plans of Elohim for his life. It was only through his years of deceptions that the truth of the Messiah became a real and vibrant prophetic vision in his life.

Through Sha’ul, the message of Messiah Yeshua came to the nations. Through Jacob, Isra’el became the nation of God’s chosen people from whom salvation comes. The next time Elohim would put a ‘pebble in my shoe,’ I’m not going to pray for the day it is removed or wears down, but stop and give thanks for the blessing that He sees me as a vessel for His purpose and a powerful reminder that Yeshua is ‘by my side.’

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing.