For today February 5: Jacob (Israel), Patriarch. Jacob, the third of the three Hebrew patriarches, was the younger of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah. After wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, Jacob, whose name means “deceive,” was renamed Israel, which means “he strives with God” (Genesis 25:26; 32:28). His family life was filled with trouble, caused by his acts of deception toward his father and his brother, Esau, and his parental favoritism toward his son Joseph. Much of his adult life was spent grieving over the death of his beloved wife Rachael and the presumed death of Joseph, who had been appointed by the Egyptian pharaoh to be in charge of the food distribution during a time of famine in the land. Prior to Jacob’s death, through the blessings of his sons, God gave the promise that the Messiah would come through the line of Jacob’s fourth son, Judah (Genesis 49).