Posted by: Pauline | September 20, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday September 27

Genesis 32:22-30

This story of Jacob’s nighttime wrestling match has led to much speculation, over the centuries, as to the identity of his opponent. Suggestions include God, an angel, Esau, a preincarnate appearance of Christ, and Jacob wrestling with himself. Whichever approach we take, much remains shrouded in mystery. If it is God, as Jacob concludes at the end, why would God have to ask Jacob to let him go, and why specifically at daybreak?

The Scripture does not offer explanations. It does, however, encourage us to hold onto God even when doing so seems to leave us injured, and to keep asking for God’s blessing. It offers hope that we will receive God’s blessing, but also reminds us that we may also be left with scars from our struggle.

Mark 14:32-36

Jesus also has a kind of nighttime wrestling match. Here it is clearer that he wrestles with his own human fears of what is to come. He holds onto his faith in his Father, knowing that he will end up not just injured but dead. Yet still it is his Father’s will that he desires above all.


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