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Weekly Cartoon Gospel - 7/2/17

Matthew 10:34-42

Faith Can Be a Touchy Subject

"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's foes will be members of one's own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. [...]

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Matthew continues with the theme of loyalty. Where do our priorities really lie. If we love God with all our being first and foremost, then our priorities are right. Hopefully we never have to face a decision between faith and family or faith and friends, but if we do ... may we choose wisely!

Lectionary for this Month (with cartoon links):


Old Testament

New Testatment


Pentecost 6/4/17 Acts 2:1-21 ICor 12:3b-13 John 20:19-23 
Trinity Sunday 6/11/17 Deuteronomy 4:32-40 IICor 12:05-14 Matthew 28:16-20 
Sunday 6/18/17 Genesis 25:19-34 Rom 5:6-11 Matthew 9:35-10:8 
Sunday 6/25/17 Genesis 28:10-17 Rom 5:12-19 Matthew 10:24-33 
Sunday 7/2/17 Genesis 32:22-32 Rom 6:3-11 Matthew 10:34-42 

Genesis 32

Jacob Gets a New Name - Israel

22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." 27 So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28 Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed." 29 Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved." 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.

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As we can see here, Jacob is really into getting blessed. It's interesting that Jacob, now called Israel, is afraid of Esau, but wrestled all night with God or an Angel of God. At the end the author throws in a little tidbit about a dietary practice resulting from Jacob's injury. A good excuse for not eating something that was probably pretty tough to begin with.

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