What does the prophecy the elder shall serve the younger mean?

What does the prophecy the elder shall serve the younger mean?

Point out the phrase “the elder shall serve the younger” in Genesis 25:23. Explain that this indicates the younger child would eventually inherit the birthright instead of the firstborn.

Why does God choose the youngest?

God chose Jacob because He wanted to choose Jacob – not because of anything Jacob had done, good or bad. God chose the younger of Isaac’s twin boys just as He chose the second son of Abraham and would later bypass Jacob’s oldest sons: to showcase His power, His sovereignty, His work in fulfilling His promises.

What is God’s prophecy to Rebekah?

8. What does the Lord reveal to Rebekah about her two sons? These two sons will have descendants of separate nations, and one nation will be stronger than the other.

What did God tell Rebekah about her unborn son?

The three items that God gave to Rebekah about her unborn sons were that the older would serve the younger, that two nations were within her, and one would be mightier than the other.

Why did Isaac favor Esau?

This question is covered in Genesis 27. Isaac favours Esau because he is a great manager of things in the physical domain. We receive a hint for this in 27:27 where Isaac rejoices that Esau smells is like the smell of the fields which the Lord sanctified.

What was Jacob’s purpose in the Bible?

The Jacob stories assume and emphasize that all things occur by divine design. The divine objective is of overriding significance; it is God’s will that Esau (Edom) shall live in the desert and be subject to Israel.

Why didn’t Isaac bless Esau too?

Isaac knew he had to give the blessing to Jacob but didn’t want to hurt Esau and knew that Esau would not understand God’s will so by orchestrating this event he thought he could avoid his own guilt of denying his rightful son of the blessings of his father.

Why did God give me twins?

They have each other’s backs, even on the days when they don’t particularly like each other. God gave me twins. To help us recognize we are capable of doing things on our own but sometimes, it’s better to do things together.