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The Story of the Birth of Esau and Jacob

Like the serpent and the woman, Cain, and Abel, Esau and Jacob have a similar relationship. They are the focal points of the Bible, believe it or not. The narrative of their birth pretty much captures the storyline of the Bible. Let’s take a look:

Genesis 25:19-26 KJV

[19] And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac: [20] And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

[21] And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. [22] And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord.

[23] And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

[24] And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. [25] And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. [26] And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

Brief Comments

The generations of Isaac introduce the two focal points of the entire story of the Bible (aside from the FATHER and CHRIST). The focal points direct us to the story of the birth of Esau and Jacob. Isaac married his love Rebekah at age forty, both of them Syrian (from Shem).

It took Rebekah a while to get pregnant, well, twenty years. In that time Isaac prayed to GOD for his barren wife. Finally, she was able to conceive; while pregnant, she had twins and they struggled within her. The struggle was so intense she had to ask the LORD what was happening.

It was explained to her that two nations were in her womb and that they would become two completely different people in manner. Once they were separated they would depart from each other and one would become stronger than the other.

The First Shall Be Last and the Last Shall Be First

Here is the caveat; the elder, whoever comes out first, will actually serve the one who comes out second (unfortunately, the babies didn’t know this or it would have been a super long pregnancy – a little humor).

Her time to deliver approached, the first one out was described as being red and hairy all over like a garment. They named him Esau; the second came out holding the heal of his brother, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years of age when Rebekah had the boys.

These two boys are the foundation of what would become “Christianity” and “Judaism.” We’re going right through the book so join us on the next episode!


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