While Rebekah is experiencing a tough pregnancy, she prays to God and asks Him why this was happening? This is God's response:
The passage doesn't include Rebekah's response to this answer, but I wonder what it would have been like knowing that it will only get worse as the kids grow older?
We are able to see a little bit of what's to come when Jacob persuades Esau to trade his birth right for food. Esau felt it was no big deal because if he didn't eat something he would die anyway. In one sense, Jacob would appear to be in power already as Esau returns to their place famished and Jacob has the food. No big deal in Esau's mind, a huge deal to Jacob.
This made me question whether or not I am taking the care, and am I grateful for which God has blessed me with?
Of course it was God's will for this to happen, but Esau was careless with his birthright which included the inheritance rights as the first born. Jacob being the schemer, looked to take advantage of his older brother, but it was God's plan and care, not Jacob's wits, that allowed him to come into the blessing.
All of us left to ourselves, are slaves to sin, even when we don't admit it or won't recognize it. God comes into the human predicament with His gift of grace. Grace means we receive good things from God not because of any human merit, but only by His favour to underserving people. God called Abraham to be the father of God's chosen people by God's grace, not because Abraham deserved such an honour. That same grace energized the infertile wombs of Sarah and Rebekah. In the society of that day, the rights of inheritance always went to the older, but by His grace, God often worked out his purposes through the younger. God does not treat us as we deserve, but He forgives us by His grace, compassion and love; He will work out His will through us, in spite of our shortcomings.
In chapter 26, we see that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Just like his father Abraham, Isaac tells the people that Rebekah is his sister. It was a half truth in Abraham's situation, but this is an outright lie for Isaac regarding Rebekah.
This action shows a lack of faith in God and Isaac wanting to take matters into his own hands.
We need to be obedient to God, and most of all trust in Him. After all, it is His plan. Easy to say, not so easy to do…..