Today’s Genesis reading, 32:13 – 38, covers several shenanigans involving Jacob and his kids–particularly the non-Joseph offspring. What I find curious about these stories is that Judah, from whom Jesus Christ descends, is not a particularly good guy. In fact, the passage from today’s reading closes with him deciding not to have the widow of two of his sons burned to death because it turns out that the guy she was servicing in the capacity of prostitute was Judah himself. Nice.
Today’s reading from Matthew covers 11:7 through 12:44. Here, Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven frequently. As I am reading this, I am trying to fairly evaluate whether the kingdom of heaven refers to something that will come after death, or whether it refers to a transformation of our world. It is a difficult exercise because (1) we are so raised to believe the kingdom of heaven is an afterlife things and (2) today, I so strongly believe it is not an afterlife thing. The apocalyptic feel can easily apply to either interpretation, especially when it is addressed to current powers that be in the church.