In this episode, we consider the readings for Proper 12, Year A:
Genesis 29:15-28 & Psalm 105:1-11,45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12 & Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.
We discuss Jacob's marriage to Leah and Rachel (and how Laban's deception and mistreatment of Jacob echos Jacob's deception and mistreatment of his father Isaac and brother Esau), Paul's spectacular (and often misunderstood/misapplied) conclusion of Romans 8 with its promise that "all things work together for good," and finally Jesus's rapid set of short kingdom parables: a mustard seed, a bit of yeast, a valuable treasure, a treasure-seeker, and a net that captures too much rather than too little.
--The Bible Project
--Bible Project on Jacob's story
--Bible Project video on 1 & 2 Kings
--Bible Project video on Romans
--Bible Project video on the Kingdom
--Bible Project video on reading the parables of Jesus
--Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus, by: Robert Farrar Capon
Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.