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Quirky, Good Questions (3 of 4)

April 28th, 2010

From: Chelsea

Hi Pastor Zach. One more question that came up tonight in my Bible reading: Why the heck did Rebekah want Jacob to receive Esau’s blessing?  Did it come down to strictly favoritism? (On a side note, I was flabbergasted last week in my time with God when I found that Abraham married again. This is like a soap opera!)

It is clear that Rebekah and Isaac were playing favorites.  In Genesis 25:27-28 it says, 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Sadly Jacob would not learn from this and would later on show favoritism to Joseph over his other sons.  That would lead to such hatred within the family that the brothers would beat Joseph and sell him into slavery. It really makes you think that if mom or dad see sibling rivalry, maybe one of their children assumes that favoritism is being shown.

The family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob really is a soap opera. God is honest with us in His Word. He reveals the true nature of each person and their families. We may be tempted to ask, “Why would God choose to use people who act in such a way.” The answer is that he uses me, and my life is up and down also. It is by His grace we are saved. It really is not in what we do. God loves, covers, cleanses, and forgives all because of what Jesus has done, not what we do.

Zach

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April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

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