“What is implied by the phrase ‘the elder shall serve the younger’?” (Genesis 25:23).

As Isaac and Rebekah struggled to become pregnant, God intervened. During the pregnancy there was a struggle in the womb, and “When she went to inquire about this from the Lord, she received a prediction from Him: Two nations, that is, twin progenitors of two nations, were struggling in her womb and the younger would triumph. Indeed the Israelites (Jacob’s descendants) and the Edomites (Esau’s descendants) fought continuously. God’s election of Jacob the younger over Esau the older was against the natural order.[1] Ancient Near Eastern customs for a family with multiple sons, would be once the father has passed away the eldest would take over the lead position in the family, physically and spiritually and he would get a double portion of the inheritance. Though, this is not the case, which is found in Genesis 25:23. Even though this is contrary to customs and traditions, God transcends all customs and traditions.[2] Later, once Jacob and Rebekah started to deceive and connive it would seem that they had forgotten God’s word. “Jacob was doing all this in spite of the fact that God had already told Rebekah that the birthright belonged to him, Genesis 25:23, ‘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.’ Surely she had told him, since she so obviously favored him.”[3] It would do us all well to remember not to rush God’s timing or to work ahead of Him. God never fails on his Word!


Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Salem, Wisconsin: Sheffield Publishing Company, 1998.

Paschall, Franklin H, and Herschel H. Hobbs. The Teacher’s Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1972.

Ross, Allen P. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Vol. 1. Edited by J. F Walvoord, & R. B. Zuck. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985.

[1] Allen P. Ross, “Genesis” In , in , vol. 1, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 69.

[2] John Davis, J. Paradise to Prison. Salem, (Wisconsin: Sheffield Publishing Company, 1998), 232

[3] The Teacher’s Bible Commentary, ed. Franklin H. Paschall and Herschel H. Hobbs (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1972), 35.


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