Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis-Twenty-Four

Weird is the New Normal:  A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis
 
Weird – “of strange or extraordinary character.”
Normal – “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern”
  • Merriam Webster
Day Twenty-Four – “Do you think I’m God?” – Jacob (Gen. 30: 2)
OK, we need some context here.  Normally when a husband asks his wife, “Do you think I’m God?” she would say, “Why yes, Dear!” (I’m joking, in case my wife is reading this) What is going on here is Jacob worked for seven years in order to get to marry Rachel, but Laban snuck Rachel’s older sister, Leah, into the honeymoon tent. Jacob wakes up and says, “What the heck?!” Laban says, “It’s our custom for the older daughter to marry first…but chill out…you can have Rachel, too.” After the customary wedding week, Laban also gives Rachel to Jacob, with the promise to work seven MORE years on the farm.  Jacob has got two wives now, and there is no question about the pecking order.  Jacob “loved Rachel more than Leah.” (Gen. 29: 28)
I always felt sorry for Leah, and so did God, apparently.  God enabled Leah to have children, but Rachel was “barren.” (There is that word again) More importantly for that day and time, Leah had SONS…four in a row…Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Reuben, the firstborn, has a name that sounds like the Hebrew for “he has seen my misery.” Leah says after giving birth, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery.  Surely my husband will love me now.” (Gen. 29: 32) That is so sad!
Rachel is super jealous of Leah, since she is bearing all these sons with Jacob. She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” (This whole family is DRAMATIC) That’s when Jacob asks her, “Do you think I’m God?” What he is getting at is that God the belief that God either opened or closed the womb of women, making them able to have sons. 
Just a word about the development of Hebrew Theology… I know that sounds boring, but stay with me. The Hebrew people (like us) sometimes struggled with their theological understanding of why they were suffering hardships. For a thousand years, from the time of Abraham until after the Exile, they had what is known as “Deuteronomic” theology.  It works like this: God sets the terms for the covenant and people must accept it. Then if keep the terms – blessed.  If not – cursed. (Think crop failure and infertility)
Hebrew Theology developed…grew… We see things like Wisdom writings and Apocalyptic writings, which help the Hebrews be encouraged to keep the faith even when they didn’t understand…knowing that understanding would come later on.  Has our own theology “developed?” I sure hope so!
So, what is the answer to Jacob’s question?  Is he God? Obviously not… AND, we need to have a “grown-up” faith that knows that just because something bad happens to someone, it doesn’t mean they are “cursed.”
Reflection:  How has your theology grown over the years?
Action: Read the Apostle’s Creed. Does this match your theology?

Recent

Archive

 2021
 March
Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day 13Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day FourteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis-Day FifteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day 16Weird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day SeventeenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis, Day EighteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day NineteenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day TwentyWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-OneWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis-Twenty-FourWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-FiveWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-SixWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Twenty-SevenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Twenty-EightWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Twenty-NineWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day ThirtyWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-OneWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty TwoWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty-ThreeWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Thirty-FourWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-FiveWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-SixWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-SevenWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty EightWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis- Day Thirty-NineWeird is the New Normal: A Lenten Walk Through 40 Questions in Genesis - Day Forty
 September

Categories

Tags

3 Encouraging Abraham Acts All Saints' Day Apostle's Creed Back to School Baptism Be Bold Bible study Blessings Body Build up Build Burden Busy Celebrate Center Christian Christ Church Commandment Communion Connect Four Connected Connect Core Values Core Covenant Dare Disciple Don't Stop Dreaming Egypt Faith Father's Day Father\'s Day Fear Gentle Gifts Give up Give Go Wrong Goal God Gospel Grace Growing Grow Hard Hear Holy Spirit In Charge Jacob Jerusalem Jesus Wept Jesus John Wesley Joseph Journal Journey Knowing God Labor Lent Listen Lord Love Man Martha Mary Ministry Mission Statement Moses Name Obey One Another Paul Peter Pharaoh Plan A Pop Quiz Prayer Psalm 102 Purpose Quiet Rejoice Renewal Saints Samarian Samaritan Sanctifying Grace Satisfied School Scripture Serving Spirit Sufferings Talking Truths Union Unity Used Why Work Yesterday accomplish actions action act admitting all ambassadors angel anger answer arrogance ask attention attitude bad news bad beautiful before believe birthright blessed blessing boat body of Christ bold break brothers brother calling call candle care carry catch change chat children child choices choice church family circumstace commandments commitment confession consequence content control conversation courage creation cross crucified crying cry death deceiver deceive deception decisions decision dedication defeat dejected demons depth devote devotional die difficult dinner discipleship dispair divine door doubt dreams each other earth encouragement encourage equipped eternity evil excuses experience extraoridnary fair faithfulness faithful faults favor feeling fellowship financially flaw fly followers follow forgive fortune friends fruitful fruit full future generosity gift glory goal good life goodness good grateful growth grudge guest guide happen happy hard times hardship harmony hearts heart heaven help homes home honesty honest honor hope hospitality human humble humility hungry hurt image impatient imperfect impossible inheritance inivte inspiring integrity intersect jealous judge justice keep the faith keep kept kindness kind knock lament law liar life light live load lonely long look back look loss lost lunchroom make meaning meditate mercy messed up mess minister missed mission and service mission mistakes moment money more mountain mourning mysterious near needy need new year new next notice obedience offering open oppressed others outsider pain part passionate worship past patience peace people perserverance persistent pigs place plan ponder poor position power pray preach prefer prepare prevenient price pride progress prophet protect provided provision question race reaction reap reason received receives redeem reflection reflect relate relationship remember remorse repay repentance require research respond responsible reveal revenge reward riches right risk-taking risky rivers road roll call rotten rules sacrament sad save secret seek self-examination sermon serve service shelter shortcomings sick sign sinners sin situations slove someone else sorrow sorry sow spiritually spiritual steps step store storm strength struggle suffering swine sympathize table talents tears tempted ten commandments thankful thanks theology think thoughts ticket to ride time tomorrow trait travel treasure true trust truth unbelief unclean unfaithfulness unhelpful universal unlikely people unlikely places unlikely violence wait walk on water walk wander want waves weep weird welcome when pigs fly where wholeheartedly who why? willing wisdom wise wonder worked worries worship wrestle write wrong years yesterday thinking