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Bible students are familiar with Jacob's experience at Peniel. This experience marked the critical point in the patriarch's life, and it found him in a most disquieted frame of mind. Indeed, so the Bible tells us (Gen. 32:7-11): "Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.... And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee.... Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him."
Referring to Jacob's struggle which took place at Peniel shortly after this prayer, our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, writes in Science and Health (p. 308): "Then said the spiritual evangel: 'Let me go, for the day breaketh;' that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed."
Jacob's name was then changed to Israel, meaning "Perseverer with God." Jacob's perseverance is not lost upon the earnest student of Christian Science, for to him it is synonymous with success in the demonstration of this Science, which has its authority in the Bible. This perseverance is the determination to carry on the battle against a false sense of self until the true likeness, manifest as God's child, sinless, pure, and whole, appears to awakened thought. This correct attitude finds its incentive in the realization that true understanding comes from God, Soul.
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