The story continues to bother me. But this reading isn't about Jacob’s mistakes. It is about God's presence in the best of times and in the worst of times. It communicates this.
- If you’re running, God is present
- If you’re standing still, God is present.
- If you’re celebrating, God is present.
- If you’ve failed, God is present.
- If you’re doing wrong, God is present.
What good is a presence that communicates, through silence and inaction, an approval of violence, retaliation, and retribution?