God changed Jakob's name to Israel
Gen 32:24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled
with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail
against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's
hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, "Let Me go,
for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless
me!" 27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28
And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for
you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob
asked, saying, "Tell me Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that
you ask about My name?" And
He blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For
I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." NKJV
God's finds it amusing that Jacob asks about his name, since his name
is in Jacob's new name, Israel!
Strong's Numbers (Hebrew)
aqob (yah-ak-obe'); from OT:6117;
heel-catcher (i.e. supplanter); Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch:
KJV - Jacob.
aqab (aw-kab'); a primitive root; properly,
to swell out or up; used only as denominative from
OT:6119, to seize by the heel; figuratively, to
circumvent (as if tripping up the heels); also to restrain (as if holding
by the heel): KJV - take by the heel, stay, supplant, X utterly.
||Yisra'el (yis-raw-ale'); from
OT:8280 and OT:410;
he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically)
of his posterity: Israel.
|sarah (saw-raw'); a primitive root; to prevail: KJV - have
power (as a prince). [Future tense is esrah or yisrah - "s" in
sahah & Israel is actually "sh," viz. Yishrael and sharah.]
(ale); shortened from
OT:352; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially
the Almighty (but used also of any deity): KJV - God (god), X goodly,
X great, idol, might (-y one), power, strong. Compare names in "-el."
|'ayil (ah'-yil); from the same as
OT:193; properly, strength; hence, anything strong;
specifically a chief (politically); also a ram (from his strength); a pilaster
(as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree: KJV - mighty (man), lintel,
oak, post, ram, tree.
More Scriptures linking God and His Name to Israel
Num 6:27 "So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will
bless them." NKJV
1 Kings 9:3 And the LORD said to him: "I have heard your prayer and your
supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house
which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart
will be there perpetually. NKJV
1 Kings 11:36 And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David
may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen
for Myself, to put My name there. NKJV
2 Kings 21:4 He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the
LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put My name." NKJV
2 Kings 21:7 "In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of
all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; NKJV
Ex 3:14 "'The Sovereign God,'" was the reply. "Just say, 'I Am has sent me!'
15 Yes, tell them, 'Jehovah, the God of your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, has sent me to you.' (This is my eternal name, to be used throughout
all generations.) TLB
Deut 28:10 All the nations in the world shall see that you belong to the
Lord, and they will stand in awe. TLB
Jer 14:9 Are you also baffled? Are you helpless to save us? O Lord, you are
right here among us, and we carry your name; we are known as your people.
O Lord, don't desert us now! TLB
Dan 9:19 "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen to me and act! Don't
delay-for your own sake, O my God, because your people and your city bear
your name." TLB
Acts 15:14 Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles
to take from them a people to bring honor to his name. 15 And this fact of
Gentile conversion agrees with what the prophets predicted. For instance,
listen to this passage from the prophet Amos: 16'Afterwards' [says
the Lord ], 'I will return and renew the broken contract with David,
17 so that Gentiles, too, will find the Lord-all those marked with my name.'
2 Tim 2:19 But God's truth stands firm like a great rock, and nothing can
shake it. It is a foundation stone with these words written on it: "The Lord
knows those who are really his," and "A person who calls himself a Christian
should not be doing things that are wrong." TLB
2 Tim 2:19 "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from
Acts 15:16 'After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David,
which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17
So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who
are called by My name,** Says the LORD who does all these things.' NKJV
**Gentile believers are called Christians after Christ, which proves that
Christ is God!