God's Words To Rebekah In Genesis 25

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Genesis 25 is primarily written in prose, but God’s words to Rebekah in poetic form about her pregnancy emphasize the importance of what He is saying to her and the fate of her sons. The poem reads, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger” (Gen. 25:23). God has foretold that the two brothers will have numerous descendants that are able to form two nations, but he does not explain why they will be in conflict. As is common in the Bible, the younger son achieves superiority over his elder brother. There is an odd choice of words in this poem though. By saying that Esau will “serve” Jacob it implies that he will forever be in his shadow, however they are separated for many years and Esau was never submissive toward Jacob. Nonetheless, God’s words to her about her sons could explain why Rebekah favored Jacob and why she helped him deceive Isaac. The favoritism Jacob and Esau’s parents show also has a great significance on how their lives will transpire. …show more content…
Esau is described as already having a mass of red hair on his body, a description that alludes to him being more of a working man, which in turn explains why Isaac favors him more, because he “was fond of game” (Gen. 25:28). While there is no description of how Jacob looked when he was born there is a symbolic moment where Jacob is born gripping onto Esau’s heel. This action could suggest that even at his earliest age Jacob is always trying to hinder Esau’s success and good fortune for being the elder son. Jacob is described as a quieter man than his brother, and may have also hid his intellectual superiority over his

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