Genesis 32

1 God had sent angels to protect, comfort, and guide Jacob. Jacob had just gone through a crisis and was about to meet another.
3 Jacob did not want to sneak up on Esau the same way he sneaked away from Laban. He did not know what Esau's actions would be like. When they parted, Esau wanted to kill Jacob because Jacob had obtained the birthright and blessing by trickery. Jacob was unsure if time had healed this wound, or if bitterness had made it worse.
4 Jacob wants to placate Esau by casting himself in the role of the servant.
5 Jacob wants to make peace with his brother.
7 To Jacob's alarm, it now appeared that Esau would attack him. However, he did not run away. Instead, he decided to continue and meet Esau. Jacob was probably encouraged because God had told him to return and promised to protect him. He wanted to hedge his bet, however, and divided the group so that Esau would not be able to kill his entire family.
9 Jacob was very afraid that Esau was bringing an army to attack and kill him. Jacob acts to make sure that he will not be destroyed. However, he does not forget that all his plans are worthless without God's help. He reminds God of His promise to bring him safely back to his country. It is probably his faith in this last statement that allowed Jacob to meet his brother instead of fleeing.
10 Jacob had come to realize during his time with Laban that God had no reason to do good things to him. Jacob had been a trickster and a dealmaker. Through all this, God was faithful to His promise to Abraham and Jacob. The evidence for Jacob was his very large family, which he considered a great blessing.
11 When Jacob had left Canaan, he was a selfish man. Now he had a family and his concern for them is evident.

We all have times of crisis in our lives when we will be afraid. However, we can bring those fears to God. When we recount His past blessings and His future promises, we realize that we can meet any trial. Even if disaster strikes or we are killed, God is able to fulfill His great promises to us.

13 Jacob decides to send an elaborate gift to Esau to help ease the tension between them. Some have looked at this gift as a type of bribe.
20 After all, who would kill someone after receiving such an elaborate gift?
24 Jacob had sent his family and possessions ahead of him. He was left alone. Apparently, an unknown man stopped by and they passed the time by wrestling. The Bible does not say how or why the match started. It also does not say whether this was a "friendly" match or not.
25 When the stranger saw that Jacob was not giving up, He dislocated Jacob's hip. Jacob was very tenacious to continue wrestling after a hip injury.
26 The stranger wanted to leave before the sun rose so that Jacob would not see his face. However, Jacob realized that this was no ordinary man, and demanded a blessing.

Jacob later realizes that he has been wrestling with the Angel of God. This passage along with Hosea 12:4 indicates that Jacob "overpowered" the Angel. Of course, we know that God is all-powerful, so we must conclude that God let Jacob win the match. Why God did this is not entirely clear, but this whole incident appears to be symbolic of the struggle between God and Israel throughout the remainder of history. In the end, it is only by the grace and mercy of God that Israel (and Christians) can "win" spiritually instead of facing eternal defeat.

28 Name changes were very common when God wanted to change a person's life (Gen 17:5, John 1:42). "Israel" means, "he who struggles with God." Jacob struggled with Esau and Laban. Now he and his descendants would struggle with God. This struggle is about faith in and obedience to God. People struggle in their relationships with God because it is difficult for us to live a spiritually upright life when we are surrounded by physical depravity.
30 Although He would not give His name, Jacob realized that he had been wrestling with God incarnate. Since God does not tolerate the presence of sin, it is only by His grace and mercy that Jacob survives the encounter.
32 As a memorial to Jacob's night of struggle and change, his descendents did not eat the cut of meat over the leg socket.