This is a sorry Days of Our Lives story, a warts and all picture of a family of faith. What do you find that encourages you within your family to persevere in prayer and worship?
The key to much of what happens here, the human sorrow and broken decision-making, rests back in chapter 25.
“Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.”
Look at the problems that come when parents show favouritism with their children, placing one above the others.
Because as well as it being obvious here in this passage, there are years unwritten of this behaviour from Isaac and Rebekah.
So the tension between Jacob and Esau would probably have been simmering for some time. One the mighty hunter. The other a fickle trickster. Nurtured by their parents.
It’s important not to get too drawn into the sadness of this passage, of this family.
Because God has great things in store for Jacob, working much blessing even through his brokenness.
Which is good news for us! God Himself works for our good, but He also works good when we stuff up and make mistakes. It can be hard to see, but His word is clear, our trust is to be in Him, that He will work all things together for our good.
* God Above,
Thank You for Your love for us, that when we were enemies, You died for us in the person of Jesus the Son.
Thank You that You work good through our bad and the bad we see around us.
Please help us in our relationships, one with another, to reflect You and Your love.