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What's in a name? (Matthew 14:13-21, Genesis 32:22-31)

Colin ThompsonColin Thompson, Sunday, 6th August 2017

Matthew 14:13-21

13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities. 14Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on them, and healed their sick. 15When evening had come, his disciples came to him, saying, "This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food." 16But Jesus said to them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat." 17They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish." 18He said, "Bring them here to me." 19He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces. 21Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (WEB)

Genesis 32:22-31

22He rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 24Jacob was left alone, and wrestled with a man there until the breaking of the day. 25When he saw that he didn't prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was strained, as he wrestled. 26The man said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." Jacob said, "I won't let you go, unless you bless me." 27He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." 28He said, "Your name will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have fought with God and with men, and have prevailed." 29Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." He said, "Why is it that you ask what my name is?" He blessed him there. 30Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for, he said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." 31The sun rose on him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped because of his thigh. (WEB)

About Colin Thompson: Revd Dr Colin Thompson is Associate Minister of Wheatley URC and Emeritus Fellow, St Catherine's College, Oxford.

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