“You showed favor to Your land, O Lord; You restored the fortunes of Jacob.” (Ps. 85:1)
Jacob, after a lifetime of struggling with God and men, becomes Israel.
Israel, charged with a ministry to the nations, is unable to fulfill its role.
Jesus becomes for Israel what Israel could not be for itself.
In the person of Jesus, Israel, God’s firstborn, ascends to the right hand of the Father.
The fortunes of Jacob are restored, not by his sword and his bow (Gen. 48:22), but by the cross.