Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her... And the Lord said to her:
'Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.'
So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb... Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
As the boy who submitted when laid upon an altar, Isaac (and Abraham) aced a life and death decision, proving their unconditional faith in the Lord of Hosts. Years later, Isaac married Abraham's choice for his bride: a lovely and virtuous kinswoman named Rebekah.
Although Isaac and Rebekah were both godly people, they disagreed regarding their twins, Esau and Jacob. The elder, Esau, was a physically gifted man. His little brother was a thinker and a mama's boy. Rebekah remembered God's unusual prophesy, saying the younger son was destined to be the leader.*
Consider some parental attributes:
1. Isaac and Rebekah worshipped the Lord.
2. Surely, they taught of God's preeminence.
3. Undoubtedly, they loved both sons deeply.
Consider some parenting challenges:
1. Rebekah pushed Jacob into deceit.
2. Isaac was blind to Esau's character.
3. Esau would found an enemy nation.**
Parental favoritism is a playground for Satan. Only God can go there and come out on top, but not us. We're supposed to love equally and let God sort things out, which eventually happened for all parties involved. But the last years of Isaac and Rebekah were saddened, missing Jacob and the joy of 13+ grandchildren. Such a deficit would be a major disappointment for them.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If your parents nurtured favorites among you and your kin, forgive them. And moving forward, don't copy them. Satan is not one with whom to play.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What was the story of Jacob and Esau?http://www.gotquestions.org/Jacob-and-Esau.html
** Interesting Narrative on Esau and Edom from New World Encyclopedia: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Esau
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.