What was the genius behind the United States rushing to offer benevolence globally? While at the same time, becoming a monster of death through her unparalleled military apparatus.
Answer, divine providence, who intervened in the affairs of humankind. Whether they liked it or not, however, if in opposition, they eventually succumbed, and became stalwart incubators through whom divine providence could manifest itself.
Here’s a tale that might be tall or not. Jacob had just finished moving and found himself alone at night. Unexpectedly, Jacob found himself wresting with a stranger. The two wrestled a long time. Seems like the man wasn’t trying to do Jacob any serious bodily harm. Just kind of toyed with him. Until he realized dawn was approaching. Then, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. Saying, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”
Jacob said, “No not til you bless me.” The stranger asked, “What’s your name?” The response, “Jacob.” Said the stranger, “Not any longer. Your name from now on is Israel.” Continuing the stranger said, “You have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed,”
Aroused with curiosity, Israel said, “Tell me your name.” Intuition kicks in, as the stranger responds, “Why is it that you ask about my name?” Immediately, Israel knew that he had interacted with divine providence.
The chronicler of this event acknowledged on the spot that Israel had been christened picturesquely to be the face of what would become the state of Israel. And Israel confirms this for our chronicler by saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and my life has been preserved.”
Some have heard the old adage, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels,” Hebrews 1:14.At the start, Jacob thought a stranger had invaded his space where he had settled for the night. He was told, if you recall, that he struggled with God and man. So this man, the embodiment of an angel, who had taken on the incarnation of a man. Which represented the horrors of a night invasion that turned out to be the launching of a career that would announce the birth of two nations from the lineage of Abraham and Isaac. Which were, Ephraim, Great Britain and her Commonwealth of Nations and, Manasseh, the United States. The topics of recent discussions.
As stalwart incubators two more thoughts. The question was asked, what are these my lord? The angel answered, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth.” And, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who have inherited salvation.”