Christ Church, Mountain Top
we ended the message last week, we pointed out that Jacob had been chosen by
God, Jacob had been loved, before he was born, before he had done anything good
or bad. And, once we got to know him, it was easy to see that he was no Eagle
Scout. The fact that God would choose a rascal like Jacob is an act of grace, a
reminder that we are God’s simply because God is gracious – not because of
anything we have done to earn it or anything we are that deserves it. We are
simply loved because God is love.
we continue the story with this …
“as hard as his head”
a girl from the “right family”
price) – not about romance
centuries later in Song of Solomon 8.7b:
can’t buy love.
Collins, lyrics Jonathan Larson)
think they meant it
they said you can’t buy love
I know you can rent it
new lease you are my love
life, be my life
as commodity, as transaction – TODAY
I am totally fulfilled in our sexual relationship, I will be faithful
I am totally fulfilled emotionally,
you live up to my expectations,
porn, prostitution … not just poverty but also because connection is a
just in terms of personal fulfillment and expectation, but even in dealing with
conflict and pain. We practice appeasement – which is a transaction designed to
make someone else feel better without actually dealing with the problem.
Turning connection into commodity, transaction
then you will be my God
God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me
bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in
peace, then the LORD shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a
pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give
you a tenth (Genesis 28.20-22).
son’s mandrakes” (30.16)
to Esau – “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and
afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept me” (Genesis 32.20).
occasions in the Jacob story that God shows up
wife, the ladder vision, choosing Jacob