Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 26-JUL-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 8 – Jacob was a trickster; and now he was a victim himself, tricked into marrying not Rachel, the girl he loved, but her older sister Leah. The sisters had been swapped during the wedding celebrations. Jacob had spent seven years working for his future father-in-law Laban, to win the hand of Rachel; and now he found himself obliged to work another seven years if he were to actually marry her. He agreed, and they were married a week later. As a result of it all, Leah was doomed to a loveless marriage shared with another woman, and Rachel was robbed of her wedding day after waiting seven years. Jacob's ménage included two 'maids' or concubines; and between them, the four women were the mothers of Jacob's twelve sons and one daughter. The sons became the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel. It's a rather seedy story based on cultural conditions of the time, and it's the stuff of novels and reality TV. We all have memories that make us feel ashamed, and nothing silences us more than shame. In these times of physical distancing to protect our physical well-being, how are we getting on with our emotional and spiritual well-being? In what ways can we function as a place of safety, mutual care and compassion, where judgement and criticism give way to a pandemic of kindness that brings hope and breaks despair?
Genesis 29: 15-28

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