Genesis 28:10-19a – The 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time â€“ for July 20, 2014
â€œKnow that I am with you and will keep you wherever you goâ€¦â€ (Genesis 28:15)
Jacob battled his brother Esau in the womb, later ripped off his brotherâ€™s birthright, and then tricked their father Isaac into blessing the younger Jacob instead of the elderâ€”and expectedâ€”Esau. After Jacobâ€™s deceit, Esau plotted revenge, declaring heâ€™d kill his younger brother. Isaacâ€™s paternal solution to this sibling rivalry was to encourage Jacob to get outta Dodge. Dear Dad, such the pillar of the Judeo-Christian tradition, suggested that Jacob vamoose for the relative safety of Uncle Labanâ€™s haven in Haran.
Jacob, preferring to be on the run rather than be run down by Esau, heeded his fatherâ€™s unimaginative advice.
Notice how I havenâ€™t mentioned God?
Which is not to say God wasnâ€™t in these verses. But the Holy, the One who set creation in motion, the One who sent Abraham toward the promised land, the One who vowed to Abraham and Sarah theyâ€™d children, the One who fulfilled that vow in Isaac, was ignored by Jacob.
Isaacâ€™s younger son didnâ€™t reference God. Didnâ€™t encounter God. Didnâ€™t fear or love or call upon God.
And then Jacob did. Continue reading →