The building of a lineage is no small task. Isaac was charged with the duty of continuing the line. Now, his half-brother Ishmael had 12 sons and would have been glad to take the job, but God was clear–The lineage would come through Isaac. Like his dad, however, Isaac had to wait a quarter century to see his kids be born.
Rebekah was like Sarah–she was barren. So Isaac did what he did when he sought a wife, he prayed, and prayed. God was kind and gave him twins–once again, God did exceeding and abundantly more than Isaac could have imagined. But, there was a catch, the older would serve the younger–From the start, that would not play well. But, God’s plan was perfect, so as Jacob and Esau entered the world, God was kind enough to let their parents know how things would progress.
God is not in the business of hiding the truth–since Adam and Eve, God has shared the truth with his people. We often miss it, or disregard it; simply because we think we know better–“That tree of knowledge of good and evil makes some yummy looking fruit…!” Still, as a father, I am constantly reminded that even though we train our kids on what is the right thing, they periodically disregard it, because they think they know better. So we continue to teach, discipline and coach all the days of their lives–as God does with us, hoping to direct them toward the journey God has laid out for them–so they can experience the peace we have in humbly and gratefully following our Lord. Paul said it best, “He who has begun a good work in you, will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!” Phil 1:6
God Bless You
Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c] and sister of Laban the Aramean.
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them