By: Ely Lagajino
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
Isaac and Rebekah’s happy marriage seemed incomplete because they had no children for more than nineteen years. (Ge.25:20, Gen.25:26). Isaac prayed for a child and the Lord blessed them with not just one but twin sons. The eldest came out reddish and hairy, they named him Esau, his younger twin brother, they named him Jacob. (Gen.25:26).
The twins presented a striking contrast in appearance, interest, and character traits. The angel of God forecast this unlikeness to Rebekah before their birth. Yet, each child would become the head of a mighty nation; one, however, would be greater than the other, and “the older will serve the younger” (Gen.25:23).
Esau grew up as a pleasure-seeking youth, centering all his concerns on the present; impatient of homeschooling and restrictions.
He chose the life of a wild hunter wandering in the forest for several weeks where he did what he wanted. His shirt of animal skin made him smell like a wild animal. His hairy body was becoming a skillful hunter. His adventure stories of exciting mountain trekking, deer hunting, and encounters with tigers and lions captivated his father’s interest to call him his favorite son (PP p. 172).
Jacob, on the other hand, maintained a quiet and thoughtful personality. He must have appreciated home quarantine. He took care of his father’s flocks and enjoyed gardening. He developed patience, persistence, and careful and wise decisions while working. To Rebekah, “Jacob was the dearest son” (PP pp.173).
Jacob founded the chosen nation of Israel, where Jesus was born.
Esau became the founder of Edom. The descendant of King Herod the Great who ordered the killing of baby Jesus. Herod the tetrarch of Galilee “angrily accused Jesus as an impostor “during Christ’s trial (DA p.578) but he “cannot prevent God’s plan from being carried out,” for Jesus to bring salvation to the world (NIV p.1951).
God blessed Jacob and Rebekah beyond their prayer request for a son.