I flipped through the Old Testament a little bit, but decided to continue on with the narrative of Genesis whenever I make an OT comic. It makes more sense, as I don’t have to try and explain the historical context and make a joke all within three or four panels. So, I give you yet more Jacob drama. (Go read his first appearance.) His lovely wife Rachel (one of two, along with two other slave wives or whatever they are), has given birth again. If you don’t remember, she was basically infertile, but God blessed her with Joseph, the technicolour dream coat guy. So now she has another baby, but no blessing this time I guess, as she dies in child birth. Her naming of the baby seemed rather spiteful to me. But then, everything Jacob’s family does seems spiteful. They sound like a horrible lot.
I encourage you to read the chapter before this. Jacob’s daughter gets raped, and in retaliation, her brothers commit genocide on the entire village. Then take all the valuables. That sounds suspiciously like raiding and pillaging. Maybe the Vikings got a hold of the Bible and went, hey, this book’s got some great ideas in it.
Remember people, Jesus first, everything else second. Don’t go pillage your neighbors, Jesus said to love them instead. And no, you can’t love someone you’re pillaging however hard you try.
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And thus, Jesus brought forth the first zombie. It even says the “dead man” came out. Is he still dead? I’m gonna go with no, but eh, what do I know. Oddly enough the first time I read about Lazarus was because of a Batman comic. Well, it wasn’t a direct reference. But one of the Batman villains, Ra’s al Ghul (he was in Batman Begins), had these things called Lazarus Pits that basically revived him from the dead. Ra’s would dip himself in one after a Batman encounter to heal up for next time. Vaguely remembering that word from the Bible I looked it up. (This was long ago before I possessed the mastery over the Bible I now have… that was sarcasm, haha.)
I suppose the point of that useless bit of knowledge is that I’m constantly amazed at how our world has incorporated things from the Bible into its pop culture. So much so that it’s hard to recognize when something did come from the Bible. Most kids probably think Lazarus is just a cool word. I did. Not to mention the common theme of redemption and victory over evil and what not. The Bible is plagiarized quite a bit, and never gets the credit, just the flack. That said, it’s usually non Christians who seem to inform you of how something came from the Bible and why. There are a lot of non Christians out there who know a lot about the Bible. Something maybe some churches don’t realize.
That said, for those of you like me who are not so up to speed on the Bible, thanks for tuning in and reading my take. Some parts I just need a refresher on, but some are new to me. Those are the parts I usually find most ludicrous and amusing.
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Jesus heals many people in many different ways throughout his ministry. I found this situation particularly interesting. I suppose the man was blind, so he didn’t know he was getting spit mud in his eyes. It seems whenever Jesus performs a miracle like this, the receiver has to be involved somehow. This guy doesn’t just get sight, he has to go to a pool and wash mud out of his eyes. The exceptions seem to be when the person proclaims great faith in Jesus. Maybe that’s like today. Some people are blessed with this amazing faith and do great things with it. Others, like me, have to work at it. In order to confirm our faith in Jesus, we do tasks that lead to to a revelation. Or something. Maybe, maybe not.
I wonder how many people watching this miracle happen tried to heal their wounds with that mud once Jesus left. Maybe shop vendors were selling Jesus spit mud in that village for a while.
For those of you who are currently reading the comic regularly, this was a late one. I’m sorry about that, but thanks for your patience. Back on schedule, and more adventures to come.
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Sometimes I just have to stop when I’m reading the bible and digest what I’ve read. Sometimes I quirk an eyebrow and go, “Huh?” This was one of those passages. Did God just appear and wrestle Jacob for no apparent reason? all righty then…. AND he uses his godly powers to screw up Jacob’s hip. So God assaults Jacob, and cheats in the fight. OK then.
Of course It doesn’t necessarily say this is God, but it is implied. Maybe it was a rogue angel. Or a crazy old man that made it into the bible.Wouldn’t that be nuts? If some random guy made it into the bible and then centuries later, here we are trying to figure out why God wrestled Jacob. I’m not saying that’s what happened. But there would be a certain humor in it.
I do find it odd that since God injured Jacob’s hip, that must mean the hip is now sacred. So no more eating meat from the hip area. Apparently God can make rules without even knowing it.
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