Proper 13

August 3, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
August 3, 2014
Reading 2: 
Genesis 32:22-31
Reading 3: 
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Reading 4: 
Romans 9:1-5
Alt Reading 1: 
Matthew 14:13-21
By Russell Pregeant

The Genesis reading is one of the most process-friendly texts in the Bible. To begin with, it presents God as interacting with humanity in a way that actually suggests divine vulnerability. For the wrestling match is no mere charade in which God intentionally withholds power in order to guide Jacob through a process of transformation. When “the man” (=God) pleads for Jacob to let him go in v. 27, we must take the request at face value—that is, as an indication that the divine combatant cannot break Jacob’s grip. The beginning of v.

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