A Christian Journey

Control Freak

“Then Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth, wives of Esau! If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth such as these Hittite girls around here, what good will my life be to me?”   Genesis 27:46   Amplified

Our woman of the Bible, Rebekah, has had two sons, twins, Esau and Jacob.  According to scripture Esau was a hunter, big and hairy, while Jacob was a plain and quiet man.  As happens sometimes with parents each liked a different child.  Isaac was partial to Esau because he liked the game he brought him, while Rebekah was partial to Jacob.  Esau tended to act first and then think, where Jacob was a thinker.  He convinced Esau to give him his birthright for a pot of stew, later his mother helps him get his father’s blessing as well.

In a small camp it’s likely everyone knew that Esau had given his brother Jacob his birthright for a pot of stew.  When Rebekah heard Isaac tell Esau he was going to give him his blessing before he died, she decided to help Jacob get it.  While Esau was out hunting game Rebekah told Jacob to get two kids from the flock and she would prepare them for Jacob to bring to Isaac to receive the blessing.  She also dressed Jacob up in Esau’s clothing and put animal skins on his arms so that Isaac wouldn’t recognize Jacob.  When Jacob went to Isaac, the elder asked his youngest son several times if he was in fact Esau.  I believe Isaac knew it was Jacob, he probably knew about Esau giving his birthright away. 

In actuality since Esau had already given Jacob his birthright then Jacob would be due the blessing of the first-born.  Rebekah wanted to make sure that happened.  Esau had married local pagan women and they didn’t get along with Rebekah or Isaac, so she wanted Jacob to get a wife from her home town.  With this conflict it caused Jacob to leave the camp and he went there.

We women have a tendency to want to control situations when we can.  That goes back to the garden of Eden.  The Lord told Eve when she received her curse, that her desire would be for her husband.  I believe that curse was the desire to be in control of situations, we see it resurface throughout the Bible and even more so today with the feminist movement.

Let’s be mindful of that controlling tendency and make sure we are in God’s will in all situations.

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