So this morning I was teaching in the toddler room and the lesson was about Esau and Jacob. You know how Rebecca helped Jacob trick Esau into selling his birthright for soup so they can trick Isaac into blessing Jacob over Esau his first born and favorite. In the lesson it asked the teacher to read the passage and think about how it could apply to her/him to better teach their students with their life.... Made me think all day because really this passage applies to me in many ways and convicts many areas of my life BUT the root of it all would be trust. Driving home from church and looking at my many Rebecca and Esau moments I thought Lord I don't trust you or trust what you say.
Esau was implosive and didn't think of the consequences. I can be also. But what really pierced my heart was Rebecca... Rebecca is an incredible woman of God in the early chapters. She served a servant in a way most people wouldn't even serve their master. Rebecca was an incredible woman of God. But somewhere in her journey she freaked out and started to not trust God.
Maybe she saw the circumstance of her husbands heart? Maybe she tried to interpret the word The Lord gave her and it consumed her. We don't know but with circumstance and trying to do something herself she didn't trust God and it brought chaos and division into their family.
We learn even in our most shameful failures God is still kind and merciful and what he spoke to her DID come to pass but she quickly learned it had nothing to do with what Isaac could do but what God had planned. It had nothing to do what she thought at all. God had a plan and if she had just trusted his word one day it would all make sense.
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.” Genesis 25:23