Jacob and Esau
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 Padanaram, 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading begins the story of the children of Isaac, Abraham’s son by his wife Sarah, and Rebekah, the wife Abraham’s servant brought to Isaac from Abraham’s native country.
I learned here that Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah and I was surprised. When Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac, somehow I just assumed that he was a man, only recently grown. I pictured him in my mind as being about twenty. Here I learn that he must have already been a mature man.
Apparently, Rebekah went childless for twenty years because it says in this reading that Isaac prayed for her to become pregnant. His prayer was answered but he was then 60 years old—20 years after their marriage.
Rebekah felt jostling within her. When she inquired of the Lord, he told her there were two nations in her womb that would be separated and that the older would serve the younger.
Just as the lord had said, Rebekah gave birth to twins; the first Esau was hairy all over. His brother Jacob came out with his hand grasping Esau’s heel.
I have peeked ahead. We will be reading more about these twin brothers tomorrow.
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