The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So 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 25:22-23
Rebekah is pregnant with twins. She wouldn’t be the first to feel the angst of a child in her womb. Much transpires there that shapes the future, both for the good and the bad. I am naïve to think that I was not affected somehow by what happened around me while being carried to term in my own mother’s womb. An unborn baby assimilates environments outside of its mother. Kindness, violence, acceptance, and rejection ~ are all keenly felt. They shape a child’s view of himself, and the world, before he takes his first breath.
When Rebekah felt the striving between her twins, she was wise when she asked the Lord about it. God prophesied that this spiritual rub between the twins would be historical. The small amount of wrestling in the womb would escalate to involve nations at war in the future. One child would prevail over the other because only one was destined by God to rule.
When God spoke to Rebekah, she could count on the fact that His words were already history. If she hadn’t liked what He said, it would have been futile for her to set out to change things as the boy’s mother. Could she have beaten God? Can anyone think of waging a contest with Him, believing they’ll win? Whatever God declares has always been true, is true today, and will always be true. No one can change His plans with time and ingenuity.
How did things turn out for the twins? God’s prophecy prevailed. One nation was born ~ from the child God blessed, and it ruled over the other nation for years to come. In 2 Samuel, King David (the blessed twin’s line) conquered the Edomites (the 2nd twin’s line) and they remained under his control for 130 years. Nothing could transpire, whether in the womb, as toddlers, as adolescents, or as grown men, that could change what God decreed to Rebekah on that day.
God’s Word always prevails.
I learned the hard way that I am not exempt from what You have blessed and cursed. Your Words rule over my life, but rule with power and love. I’m so glad I stopped fighting. Amen