Bible-in OneYear- Day 10 (January 10)
As it was in the beginning, so it is and ever shall be. In our last discussion, there was a troubling thought of why Isaac never rebuked Jacob on realizing that he cheated his brother.
I have searched the scripture, I have seen the elderly and I am still observant of things happening around me. I have come to realize that;
- Male: represents STRENGTH, and
- Female: represents INFLUENCE.
The domineering factor is INFLUENCE. No matter how big a vehicle is, the steering will still influence direction. Influence is to work on somebody’s will through the mind. It is to transfer one’s imagination to another’s mind to make the victim follow the initiator’s thought. Strength is ability. It is power. When influence comes in, it gives power (unreduced) the direction to go or act.
Satan knew how much influence Eve could have on Adam. He did not go straight to Adam. Rather, he went for Eve to work on her mind while Eve worked on Adam’s emotion to use the will. The secret of emotional weakness of Adam was revealed to Satan when he first saw Eve. In the emotion of man lies the ability to love. There is a correction that has to be made. Women are emotionally strong while men are emotionally weak. Men are strong in the mind, but women are weak in the mind.
Women’s weakness in the sense that, their thinking is vulnerable. Satan attacked the thinking of Eve. She, therefore, assumed God was deceiving them. But Adam was not deceived in his thinking. His problem was that he had feelings for the wife. Feeling, love and affection are factors of the emotion of man. While imagination, fear and assumptions are the factors of the mind.
In view of this, the act of working on another’s emotion is influence. Women are known for that.
- Eve influenced Adam; sin entered the world
- Sarah influenced Abraham; Hagar and son was cast out of the home.
influenced Isaac and Jacob;
- Jacob to deceive the father, Isaac, by cooking the food in such a manner that Isaac couldn’t distinguish between a bush meat and that reared at home. The love for that taste was another problem of the emotion of man. Not only that, the manner she dressed Jacob up to be and smell like Esau was unimaginable. She fixed that aspect of it.
- Isaac to bless and transfer the flow of the covenant to Jacob.
- Jezebel was an influence on King Ahab
Her disguise of Jacob resulted in another problem; bitterness and hatred between brothers. She quickly fixed that. How?
Heth was the second born of Canaan whom Noah cursed. The descendants of Heth are the Hittites from whom Esau married his first two wives. That grieved Isaac and Rebekah.
Genesis 10:15 “And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,”
Genesis 26:34 “And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.”
Rebekah then used that situation to influence Isaac to approve the departure of Jacob to her brother’s place which was not the issue at that time. The problem is in Genesis 27: 42-45. Isaac, again, yielded to her influence, Genesis 27: 46, 28:1.
In fairness to Jacob, he did not steal from Esau. Rather, his mother had great influence on him. He turned down her mother’s proposal because he was conscious of the repercussion of the action. But the pressure from the mother was overwhelming. Truly, he could have refused to the last. But because he loved his mother, he yielded. That was the problem of Adam; he loved the wife and he hearkened unto her advice.
On his way to Laban’s place, the angel of the Lord appeared to him to confirm his custody of the covenant which started from his grandfather, Abraham.
It is good to note that, the prayer of Isaac for Jacob at departure was the one that sealed the transfer of covenant.
Genesis 28:3-4 “And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; 4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.”
From this moment, Isaac ceased to be the custodian of the covenant as nothing was heard ofhim again until his death in Genesis 35:29. All attention shifted to Jacob’s.
Esau did not witness the first blessing proclaimed on Jacob by reason of eating good food. But he witnessed the second one, the sealing one. From Genesis 28:6-9, we see the following.
- He saw that Isaac blessed Jacob and was jealous.
- He heard his father’s charge to Jacob against the Canaanite from where her two wives came.
- He realized Jacob was obedient to his parents; unlike him who grieved them.
- If Isaac, his father do not like the Canaanites, then it means his wives cannot be exception.
In his bid to mend is ways in terms of his marriage, he decided to marry another wife. But, this time around, from Ishmaelites with the thought that he will find favor with his parents.
Genesis 28:9 “Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.”
Technically, Esau married himself out of God’s covenant (agenda) for Abraham. All his marriages never had any connection with the purpose of God for mankind.
Rebekah may seem to be a tricky woman; the truth is that she was a fixer. Let’s look at it this way. Abraham preferred Ishmael to be the custodian of God’s covenant right after his birth. When Sarah demanded Hagar to leave the house, and Abraham was grieved in the mind, God told him to cheer up and concentrate on the path of the flow of the covenant. He said His covenant will be with Isaac. But for Isaac, he did not hear which one of his two children to carry the flow of covenant. Rather, he wanted the flow to be as his stomach directed. It was obvious that his appetite for venison was the determinant factor for the flow of the covenant. That would have been detrimental to the covenant. But Rebekah knew and loved Jacob for what God had told her while she was pregnant of them
Genesis 25:22-23 “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”
As far as her knowledge of God’s agenda was concerned, Rebekah did not want things to go wrong for her children. She knew Isaac wanted to release the covenant through the power of words and it was going the wrong path, she quickly moved to fix it.
Isaac had the potent power of the covenant, but Rebekah had the influence to give direction. Since Rebekah’s influence yielded a positive flow and not negative, we could regard her as THE FIXER.
Immediately the mission was accomplished, there was no mention of her name again until (no more thing to do for God; a fulfilled life) her death and no mention of her name again after her death except to testify that what happened was not because of the sin of Esau but because of God’s purpose, He elected Jacob.
Romans 9:10 “And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said to her, The elder shall serve the younger.”
The most important thing in life is to live a fulfilled life and gain heaven. The number of years spent isn’t the joy of a genuinely born-again Christian, but how fulfilled such is in God’s agenda.
Your days shall not be wasted in the land of the living in the name of Jesus.
Keep the fire burning
MFM, Delaware, USA