Christ Church, Mountain Top, Holy Communion
Genesis 25.19-34 (birth and birthright)
Genesis 27.1-38 (blessing)
LOVE the Jacob story (Story and Baggage)
he’s got BAGGAGE
Baby all done now
biological, adopted; accidental, chosen
job is to give their children someone to blame in therapy.
“La Vie Boheme”, Roger and Mimi
LOVE the Jacob story (Story and Stereotype)
the “Eagle Scout” – you don’t see a “good guy” in the story … maybe because
none of us really qualify, if you scratch a little beneath the veneer.
story (Story and Tension)
prophecy (what looks like one)
prophecy from happening?
– accidentally creates his doom
to kill him – talk about baggage!
competition in family systems
his two sister-wives
the younger sister
LOVE the Jacob story (Story and God)
is the fundamental means of talking about and listening to God, the only human
means available to us that is complex and engaging enough to make
comprehensible what it means to be with God” (Hauerwas & Willimon, Resident Aliens, pp 54-55).
is interested in people, real people, true “characters” (H&W, p 65). We
think that God’s main interest is righteousness or holiness as some abstract
standard. But, no. God IS righteous. God IS holy. But God’s interest is people,
God’s desire is to get close enough, to be, in the language of the Bible, “with
you”, so that we get to know each other as friends.
are God’s, God’s friends, God’s people, not because of anything we have done,
not because of anything we are. Jacob is no “Eagle Scout” and is certainly no
better than his brother. There is no “good guy” in the story. Paul writes to
the Romans, “Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad
(so that God’s purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call)
…” (Romans 9.11-12a). The Wesleyan term and theological word for this is Grace.