Isaac had prayed to God on behalf of his wife, Rebekah because she was barren. God answered Isaac's prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twin boys who jostled each other within her.
The struggle was so intense that Rebekah inquired of the Lord asking, " Why is this happening to me?" (Genesis 25:22) The Lord explained to her that two nations were in her womb and two people would be separated. One will be stronger than the other and the older would serve the younger.
When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, the twin boys were born. Esau was born first, but Jacob pulled onto his heel trying to be born first.
The struggle within the mother's womb was quite prophetic throughout the lives of Jacob and Esau. For instance, they grew up different personalities, likes and dislikes. Esau was the outdoor type who loved to hunt. Jacob was the indoor type who loved to cook.
One day Esau came in from hunting, and he was extremely hungry. He asked Jacob for some of the red stew he was cooking. Jacob promised him some only if Esau gave up his birthright since Esau was born first and was entitled to the first of his father's inheritance. Since Esau was so hungry, he gave up his birthright for a bowl of Jacob's stew.
When Isaac was old and almost blind, he blessed his sons but Jacob had disguised himself to feel like and smell like a hunter. Therefore Isaac blessed Jacob first instead of Esau.
This angered Esau so Rebekah sent Jacob away to live with her cousin Laban which takes on a whole new set of stories.
For now, the focus is on the twins who struggled in their mother's womb that was prophetic of the lives they would live outside the womb.
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