Questions I Would Have Asked of Isaac and Rebekah

Given the Lord was so explicitly clear with Rebekah in Genesis 25:

The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So when she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb
And two peoples from within you shall be divided;
The one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger”

Genesis 25:22-24 ESV

I have some questions I would like to ask them as a couple:

1) Why does it seem like Rebekah never told this to Isaac?

2) Or, if she did, how come it is so evident that Isaac never engaged more actively in the work of raising up the younger in accordance with the word of the Lord? It appears that Isaac’s and Esau’s relevant interactions toward Jacob never involve the truth that the Lord had already spoken. Why is no one mentioning that at all?

3) What can account for the breakdown in communication between husband and wife?

4) Why did Rebekah seek to manipulate in order to help God fulfill this word?

5) Was this a holdover from Laban’s family and the behavior of the descendants of Terah, given we have patterns of conniving, manipulation, and favoritism, all without any inquiring of the Lord in places where doing that would have helped out?

6) I don’t hear many sermons preached on the possibility that Esau was lazy given he was a skillful hunter, and he could have gone without for the rest of the day instead of selling his birthright.

The Lord specifically told me not to address the psychological issues here, but to presently deal with the personal responsibility issues for this post. I am sure that I will write another post to deal with the psych issues at some point.

So, I am curious what y’all think is going on here and why they didn’t deal with these issues. Furthermore, what were the implications that did happen as a result of not dealing with these issues?

One thought on “Questions I Would Have Asked of Isaac and Rebekah

  1. This story has always thrown me. The first time I read it, it slammed me. The deception is rampant throughout, overshadowed only by the tenacity of Jacob. Esau is a foil character in the story, totally contrasted with his brother, would Israel trade his birthright for a bowl of stew? I learned a lot about G-d from His response to Jacob after their wrestling match. This story told me I could pray and ask boldly. Humility is the stance most people take in prayer, and many shy away from boldness. I think each has its place.

    As far as the deception of Rebekah towards her husband…perhaps she felt justified by her fore knowledge given to her about the twins.

    The Bible never softens the actions of humans. Finding blessing in this situation is weird to me, but it certainly sets a standard for the availability of grace.

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