Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 19-JUL-2020 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller
Pentecost 7 – Jacob was a despicable cheat who had alienated himself from family and friends with his deceitfulness and lack of justice, and he was fleeing from victims demanding retaliation and judgement. He was also fleeing from God. He would have been in a very dark place, physical, emotional and spiritual. One night, sleeping rough with a stone for a pillow, he had a vivid dream of a ladder between earth and heaven with angels ascending and descending; and God stood next to him in the dream to tell him that he would inherit the promise first made to his grandfather Abraham. God loved even a despicable cheat like Jacob, and gave him a new start. The parable in the gospel passage asks for weeds not to be uprooted from among good plants in case the good ones get damaged; and who can tell the difference between good growth and bad growth? Don't go around self-righteously calling out "Clean up the church! Get rid of the heretics and sinners!" Our lives will have rocky times, but God has not deserted us. He is here in this place, in our shame and grief, in every place and situation. He was with Jacob. He is with us.
Genesis 28: 10-19a; Matthew 13: 36-43

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