Kids! Isaac and Rebekah loved their kids. Parents do that. They carefully feed and nurse them as infants. They raise them with the valued principles of God and life as youngsters. As they mature they provide the best example of adult life possible–showing the transparency and frailty of all humans. Then as adults, they pray, hope, celebrate and grieve with the young adults they have to release to be their own persons.
Such was the case with Isaac and Rebekah. Jacob was the worker, the quiet and unassuming brother. He was smart, insightful and a bit crafty…Esau was “Gaston”–rugged hunter, conceited and in his mind, invincible. He was a superhero by the world standard. So to him, rules did not apply. That broke his folks heart–birthright, marriage and general attitude toward God was aligned with his Canaanite in-laws much more than with his family.
In our culture, we are not a great deal different. We simply want to raise kids that will not be entangled and entrapped by the world. We want them to enjoy the peace and purposeful life–only available if they walk with the Lord. Still, no matter how hard we work, we have to let them go. They get to make their choices and often can break our hearts. We continue to counsel and pray for them–but, then we have to step back and let them be adults. Such pain and grief is hard to bear. The only good news was given to us by Solomon in Proverbs 22:6, “Raise a child in the way they should go, and, when they are old, they will not depart far from it!” God wants us to remember he loves them even more than we do–Like us, he will never give up!!!
God Bless You
When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.