Who is Israel?
Gen 35:10. The surname of Jacob, given to him by the angel at Peniel. Gen 32:28; Hos 12:3. It signifies "the prince that prevails with God." One of the finest hymns of Charles Wesley describes that mysterious wrestling with God in prayer, and begins, "Come, thou Traveller unknown, Whom still I hold, but cannot see; My company before is gone, And I am left alone with thee; With thee all night I mean to stay. And wrestle till the break of day. * * * * * * * * * "What though my shrinking flesh complain, And murmur to contend so long? I rise superior to my pain; When I am weak, then I am strong; And when my all of strength shall fail, I shall with the God-man prevail." We find the name "Israel" soon after used for the whole race of Jacob's posterity, Ex 3:16; also for the kingdom of the ten tribes, as distinguished from Judah, 2 Kgs 14:12; and again, in a spiritual sense, for the whole body of true believers. Rom 9:6; Jud 11:26. Land of. See Canaan.